STAR CASTLE HOTEL DOES ISLES OF SCILLY AND CORNWALL PROUD IN TASTE OF THE WEST AWARDS
(From left to right: Star Castle Chefs Steve Hart and Brad Trethewey with General Manager, Gary Hodge, events co-ordinator Angie Brown and owners, Theresa & Robert Francis)
The Star Castle Hotel on St Mary’s did the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall proud at the 2016 Taste of the West Awards on Tuesday 5th October. Not only was the sixteenth century star-shaped castle selected to receive a Gold award for 2016, it was also one of just two Cornish contenders to go through to the finals for the best restaurant award. Feedback from the judges was glowing, with equal praise for the Star Castle’s staff and quality of food.
Said the judges : “The staff were polite, attentive and knowledgeable and we were made to feel very special. The meal was beautifully presented with fresh ingredients and excellent flavours” .
The Awards, now in their 23rd year, were held in the majestic setting of Exeter Cathedral as a celebration of the best food and drink across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, setting a benchmark for excellence across the region. In 2016, 1,200 products and over 300 hospitality and retail establishments entered the awards, with the highest standard ever being set for judges to select winners and finalists from.
The ceremony was attended by over 400 people, with representatives from award winning producers, hospitality establishments, retailers, top chefs, food writers and others involved with and supporting the industry. John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, announced the winners who were presented with their awards by BBC Spotlight presenter – Victoria Graham.
Says Robert Francis, owner of the Star Castle Hotel “It was a huge privilege for us to be part of this event, which really did celebrate the very best of what the West has to offer. To win a gold award and to be selected for the finals within the best restaurant category is testament to the talent and dedication of every member of our team”.
The four star family-run hotel is located on the garrison of St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly where guests can choose to dine in one of two award-winning restaurants offering a choice of locally caught fish and meat sourced from around the South West, as well as fresh lobster caught daily by Robert Francis, who is now able to serve fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, produced at his Holy Vale Vineyard just a stone’s throw from the castle.