Village Pub Makes The 2011 Michelin Guide

Pony and Trap PubA village pub and a garden nursery café are among the latest recipients of Michelin stars, according to the latest edition of the Michelin Guide restaurant guide.

Steak and chips is still the best-selling dish at the Pony & Trap in Newtown, Chew Magna, but the pub’s menu of mainly locally sourced food helped win it the restaurant business’ most coveted seal of approval.

To the uninitiated, the Michelin Guide can seem a bit bewildering with its thousand pages of dry, minimalistic entries & descriptions. Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Restaurant, for example, is summed up in a mere 35 words!

TopTable, UK and Europe’s leading restaurant reservation site, offers diner reviews, special offers and online booking facilities for nearly all the Michelin starred restaurants dotted around the country in this years guide.

Now published in 12 countries, it began as a guide for motorists, and included information on road quality and how to change a tyre, as well as details for hotels and repair shops for breakdowns. The Michelin Guide mixes hotels and restaurants, listed by town not county, with the entries appended by symbols covering everything from the view to theatre menus.

Michelin may be popularly known as a restaurant guide, but it is one that has stayed perversely true to its origins as a glove compartment companion for motorists.

The key thing to note is that there are only two symbols that refer directly to food quality: the famous stars and the Bib Gourmand, which indicates “good cooking at moderate prices”.

Michelin inspectors visit every venue listed “every 18 months as a minimum”, and its Bib Gourmand and starred venues “as many times as necessary.” The Michelin Guide, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, remains the most highly-regarded rating system for restaurants around the globe.

To celebrate the guide’s centenary, each 2011 edition comes with a booklet recounting the history of the Michelin Guide in Britain and Ireland.

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