Star Castle Hotel Does Scilly Proud At Taste of The West Awards

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 contenders from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 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 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. 

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 and Robert Francis  

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 and Robert Francis

 

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. 

Robert Francis, owner of the Star Castle Hotel said “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”.

Will was joined on the phone on Friday’s Morning Show by Gary Hodge the General Manager of the Star Castle Hotel. You can hear Will in conversation with Gary below. 

Images Courtesy of the Star Castle Hotel and Four Corners PR.