Sosban and the Old Butcher’s
A restaurant on the Isle of Anglesey has beaten eateries across the country to be named the Regional Winner for Wales in the Good Food Guide Local Restaurant of the Year Awards 2017. Sosban and The Old Butcher’s in Menai Bridge, has been nominated by its customers to be the top local choice in Wales.
Operating from a former butcher’s shop, the restaurant is run by husband and wife team Stephen and Bethan Stevens. The Restaurant is described by the Good Food Guide (GFG), which is published by Waitrose, as offering “a warm welcome” with “no menu, just a sequence of beautiful, seasonal dishes.”
Open since March 2012, Sosban and the Old Butcher’s doesn’t offer a physical printed menu to diners. Instead, customers are served a ‘Surprise Menu’ of dishes which change depending on what is best in season. One happy customer, who nominated the restaurant, said "This restaurant is amazing. The level of food created using local produce is phenomenal - from the flavour combinations to the originality and inventiveness of the dishes”.
The annual reader-nominated awards recognise the best neighbourhood eateries up and down the country. And to mark their tenth year, they have been renamed ‘Local’ Restaurant of the Year*’ to encourage diners to look much closer to home and champion the unsung restaurants right on their doorstep. The GFG also only looked for new winners this year, with the hope that smaller, lesser known establishments would be discovered.
After sifting through 30,000 nominations, the editors of the GFG have announced the top dining establishments in each of ten different UK regions. The awards are based on public nominations with a panel of GFG judges choosing the most outstanding for their overall winner.
Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says, “The simple formula of a kitchen that cooks fresh to order is the very principle on which our guide was founded. We have always maintained that the best restaurants offer creative, memorable food based on quality, seasonal and local produce. In other words no pretensions or gimmicks, just first-class food cooked from ingredients deeply rooted in the region. A commitment to their community and a strong relationship with local suppliers is what makes a restaurant truly local.”
Welsh entries in this year's Top 50 Restaurants 2017 are:-
No 34 - Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan
No 40 - Ynyshir Hall, Powys
No 47 - The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire New to Top 50
No 48 - Llangoed Hall, Powys
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Published 5 September 2016