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Best Food In The South West England

South West Tourism has launched the 15th edition of the Trencherman’s Guide to South West England’s best eateries. This free and indispensable pocket guide which has grown in reputation and size over the years, now features 47 award-winning restaurants providing both formal and informal options for a gastronomic treat at a wide range of price levels.

South West Tourism has launched the 15th edition of the Trencherman’s Guide to South West England’s best eateries. This free and indispensable pocket guide which has grown in reputation and size over the years, now features 47 award-winning restaurants providing both formal and informal options for a gastronomic treat at a wide range of price levels.

The exclusive guide celebrates the full spectrum of top quality food establishments across the region from city-centre brasseries in Bristol to country pubs in deepest Devon or Cornwall, and this year features more entries and more Michelin stars than ever before. It is an invaluable asset to anyone planning a trip to South West England.

This year’s guide features 16 new entries, bringing the number of eateries across the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, and the cities of Bath and Bristol to 47 in total. New entries this year include the Elephant Bar & Restaurant on the English Riviera, The Marina Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Fowey, Cornwall, and Allium in Gloucestershire, add to the fabulous array of properties already included, such as Abode at the Royal Clarence, Exeter, and Bindon Country House, Somerset, to name just a few.

The introduction to the guide has been written by Sarah Miller, editor of Condé Nast Traveller, which speaks volumes for the esteem in which the region is now held. Last year South West England was voted ‘Food Capital of Britain’ in a survey by Food from Britain, and this year received more Michelin stars than any other region in the 2006 Michelin Guide, bringing the total number of Michelin stars in South West England to 18.

As well as providing inspiration for a lunchtime pit stop, the Trencherman’s Guide is also a helpful companion for gourmet visitors planning a longer stay in South West England, as many of the entries provide accommodation – ranging from the award-winning bed & breakfast,
St Ervan Manor near Padstow in Cornwall to the sumptuous suites of the Queensberry Hotel in Bath.

The free 2006/2007 Trencherman’s Guide was unveiled at an exclusive lunchtime launch hosted by the elegant 19th Century Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant on 27 March 2006. A three course meal was prepared by three of the region’s top Michelin Star chefs: Chris Horridge, head chef at the Bath Priory Hotel & Restaurant; Richard Guest of the Castle at Taunton; and Martin Burge of Whatley Manor in Wiltshire. Each chef prepared one course for a discerning crowd of VIP guests including 50 fellow Trencherman’s chefs and restaurateurs plus leading food suppliers and producers.

The first Trencherman’s Guide was published in 1992 and the guide has continued to grow in size and standing year on year since then. Entries are selected on an invitation-only basis according to Michelin, Which? Good Food and AA Restaurant Guide ratings.

The Trencherman’s Guide is available to order NOW at www.indulgesouthwest.co.uk or by calling 0870 442 0880. The first 2,000 copies will be completely free of post and packaging charges. From mid-April, the Guide will also be available from Tourist Information Centres throughout the South West.

For more information about visiting South West England: www.visitsouthwest.co.uk


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