The 29th edition of the Guide includes 19 new additions such as THE PIG-at Combe and Pattard Restaurant in Devon, Tom’s Lyme Regis and Three Horseshoes Pub & Kitchen in Dorset, and Sign of the Angel in Wiltshire. These establishments join the likes of Michelin-starred Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa and Outlaw’s New Road.
A hundred restaurants from Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall are included and range from rural dining pubs to smart city restaurants. In order to be included, all exceed the Guide’s strict quality criteria. Other notable inclusions this year include Michael Caines’ new relaxed coastal eatery The Cove Restaurant and Bar in Falmouth.
The Guide’s editor, Jo Rees of Salt, said: ‘What seems to be universal is a shift away from very formal dining in favour of a more casual, rustic and rooted-in-the-soil experience. Kitchen gardens are fully on trend and the championing of hyperlocal ingredients and regional specialities has gone next level. It feels like the start of a vibrant new era, so we have given the guide a contemporary makeover to mark the moment.’
Trencherman’s chairman, Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines said: ‘The launch of this year’s printed book, after last year’s digital-only version, is a symbol of the South West hospitality industry flourishing after what’s been a very difficult time. However, now’s the opportunity for the hospitality industry to shine once more and show our regular customers and visitors to the South West what wonderful experiences we have to offer here in Trencherman’s Country.’
He called Trencherman’s Guide ‘A guarantee of exceptional dining experiences’, while Rick Stein describes the book as ’A guide with teeth’.