- Published: 04 October 2012
Helen Browning's The Royal Oak in Bishopstone has been recognised with a 'Bib Gourmand' in the 2013 Michelin Guide to restaurants and hotels across Great Britain and Ireland (due for release 5 October) which makes it one of 138 places in the whole of the UK recognised for outstanding food at reasonable prices.
Since 1955, the guide has highlighted restaurants offering "good food at moderate prices", a feature now called "Bib Gourmand". Bib (Bibendum) is the company's nickname for the Michelin Man, its corporate logo for over a century.
The accolade comes on the tail of The RSPCA Award 2013 for good business, and entry in the current Good Food Guide. Head Chef, Rikki McCowan, uses local, fresh and free-range produce as much as possible. “I believe that good food is about sourcing the best quality ingredients and treating them with respect,” says Rikki. “In the pub\restaurant we work as a close-knit team and everyone is delighted that their dedication has been acknowledged by the highly respected Michelin Guide”.
Produce from Helen Browning’s organic Eastbrook Farm is the star turn on the menu with appearances from other organic farms. Helen’s team has reinvented the traditional hot dog and these regularly feature (as well as being available online at Ocado). The menu changes daily and covers a lot of ground from steak pies and burgers through signature dishes such as pork tenderloin to seared pigeon breast with home-pickled beetroot salad.
“Sariann Lehrer, co-author of the official cookbook to the TV series ‘A Game of Thrones’ – a medieval fantasy - which has captured everyone’s imagination is coming to join our kitchen team for a month at the end of October,” says Rikki. “Don’t expect dragon eggs to appear on the menu but you can expect a light hearted attempt at a Medieval feast to appear on our events programme at the beginning of November”.
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Background – Helen Browning’s Organic
Helen Browning has been farming organically at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire since 1986, and her branded bacon and sausages are sold in the supermarkets and online at www.ocado.com.
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