A village pub has been recognised as one of the best in the country after being entered into three food and drink guides.
Paul Stanley has been running the George & Dragon in Shutford for six years and the business is one of 1,200 pubs to be recommended in The Good Food Guide. It has also been entered in the Good Beer Guide and the Michelin Guide – in which only 500 pubs in the UK are chosen.
Mr Stanley, who runs the pub with his wife Alison, said: “This is great for the pub as we are now on everybody’s radar, and means all the hard work and effort everyone has put in has been worthwhile.
“We can play off this for the next few years and hopefully can continue to go from strength to strength. I am really proud of the team and kitchen staff.”
The Michelin Guide is made up of the best restaurants in the country and the Good Food Guide also reviews and writes about good restaurants. The Good Beer Guide by CAMRA publishes the best drinking pubs.
The Grade II-listed building dates back to the 13th Century and its menu includes ingredients sourced within a 20-mile radius. The couple are joined in the business by head chef Luke Jackson, who initially started as a pot washer five years ago, and 13 part-time staff.
Mr Stanley said: “The village is a really nice place to live and there is always a really good atmosphere.
“We strive on customer service and attention to detail, which makes all the difference and is why people come back to us time and again.
“The kitchen staff work very hard to produce consistent food with some unusual ingredients and like to change the menu from time to time to suit the different seasons.”