Village pub wins coveted award
SIMPLE surroundings and uncomplicated food is what one west Suffolk pub is renowned for - and now the business has it in writing.The Beehive in Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds, has earned its first AA rosette for culinary excellence and its staff are delighted with the coveted accolade.
By James Mortlock
SIMPLE surroundings and uncomplicated food is what one west Suffolk pub is renowned for - and now the business has it in writing.
The Beehive in Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds, has earned its first AA rosette for culinary excellence and its staff are delighted with the coveted accolade.
Licensee, Gary Kingshott, with head chef Doug Lindsay and manager, Barry Davis, are celebrating receiving the impressive title with the pub's entire team, which they say plays a key role in high quality food and service.
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Speaking about the award Mr Kingshott said: “We're absolutely over the moon and very proud. We're doing the same things we did when we took over the pub, unpretentious food and service which all our customers love, whether they're regulars or new visitors.
“It's just fantastic to think that such highly trained AA inspectors liked us so much.”
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Glenn Smith, operations director for pub owner - Bury-based brewer Greene King - said: “This is a wonderful accolade for Gary and his team at the Beehive and one which is well deserved.
“It shows that pubs can provide their local areas with that little bit extra. The Beehive and many others like them are what puts the great into the Great British pub”.
Ian True, a regular customer at the Beehive agrees. He said: “I've been coming to the Beehive for quite some time and the quality of the food far outstrips other restaurant fare in the area. The food is uncomplicated, of a very high standard and well deserving of this distinguished honour.”
The AA's Rosette award scheme recognises chefs at restaurants and pubs across the UK that offer quality food. The inspectors seek out and award rosettes to chefs who demonstrate the ability to “produce dishes of sound quality and clarity of flavours, using good, fresh ingredients”.
The Beehive, in the picturesque village of Horringer, enjoys an extensive menu and has been smoke-free throughout for two years. Dishes include crab and chilli tart, bruschetta with halloumi and peppers, roast duck, and vanilla and almond cheesecake.