Best Food Offer: Moody Cow, Ross-on-Wye
Chris and Dawn Burgess and Tom Piper
The Moody Cow is in the village of Upton Bishop, a couple of miles from the market town of Ross on Wye.
The team believe that putting the guest at the centre of what they do, the quality of their food, and the consistency of the entire experience, is critical to the businesses future success. Their menu evolves daily, a minimum of two new dishes are developed every week and the feedback they receive helps them to continually improve.
The team will also happily cook a bespoke dish if a guest has a complex range of intolerances and the evolution of their menu has led to more plant based dishes and small plates.
Best Food Offer Finalists
Bay Horse, Hurworth on Tees
Jonathan Hall and Mark Bennett
The Bay Horse is a 15th century coaching inn. Jonathan and Marcus earmarked the pub as their first joint venture in 2008 and they took the pub from a closed house to an award winning pub, achieving a Michelin Bib Gourmand award in their first year.
Since opening, Marcus has achieved Gastropub Chef of the Year, and the pub continues to be featured in the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.
A lot of the inspiration comes from the seasons and the availability of local ingredients. The team use local suppliers and farmers and go foraging too. Game features heavily on their menu when in season, and Marcus has always maintained that the menu should be made accessible to everyone.
Duck and Willow, Downend
Tom Brownell, Simon Brownell, Hannah Brownell and Chris Thomas
The Duck and Willow is a gastropub which combines the fine dining background of both the Head Chef and Chief Executive. Food is the foundation of the pub operation, and this comes from the Chief Executive's experience of the kitchens of Michelin star restaurants and other high profile establishments.
The business is food focused and that represents the majority of the revenue that is generated. Whilst the pub does have a reputation for serving great well-kept beers and for having a strong wine list, it’s renowned for the food it serves and the majority of marketing initiatives are designed around the food.