The André Garrett Restaurant at Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire has retained its position as one of Britain's Best Restaurants in 'Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016'. André Garrett, who last year was awarded 'Restaurant Newcomer of the Year' and ranked in the top 20 UK restaurants in the 2015 edition of the guide, is thrilled with this year's award, which endorses the restaurant's position alongside prestigious establishments with long culinary pedigrees.
The Good Food Guide's annual Top 50 restaurant ranking is highly regarded by chefs and restaurant-goers alike. The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback. André Garrett received a great score of 8 out of 10 and the restaurant was placed at number 18 in the Top 50. Other properties which scored 8 included London properties The Ledbury, The Square, Le Gavroche, Marcus and in Oxfordshire, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.
Andre Garrett's cooking has been characterized by its balance, with every single dish executed with precise, mutually enhancing harmony and its ability to combine the remarkable with the familiar. Dishes at Cliveden are special, not because they are outlandish or bang on trend, but because quality ingredients are cooked flawlessly.
André Garrett moved to Cliveden House in 2013 to head up the refurbished and relaunched restaurant, after a distinguished series of positions in top London restaurants. He achieved a Michelin star at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton Park Lane, where he worked with Chris and Jeff Galvin (2006-13). Prior to that he was at Orrery Restaurant, also with the Galvins, as head chef (2002-06), having returned to London after a stint in Paris at Michelin three-starred Guy Savoy, as part of his Roux Scholarship.
“My move from London to the countryside was a big career and personal decision for me, and it has been a tremendous success,” explained André Garrett. “The restoration of this fantastic house, including the installation of a new state-of-the-art kitchen, which is a dream to work in for the 28-strong kitchen brigade, has been a huge inspiration to me - I am always conscious of our guests' expectations when visiting such a grand house, and my food somewhat sits in two camps – respecting the classical traditions, but being light and modern wherever possible, too.”
Cliveden House is a five-star luxury hotel owned by the National Trust and operated under a long lease arrangement by private owners, whose sister hotel is Chewton Glen in the New Forest, Hampshire. Cliveden has 44 rooms, including 9 suites, Spring Cottage by the Thames, a spa and heated outdoor pool, and a range of sporting, leisure, conference and meeting facilities. There are also 376 acres of beautifully cultivated National Trust gardens surrounding the Grade I estate.
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