Tuddenham Mill wins Best Restaurant title
Tuddenham Mill was named Suffolk’s Best Restaurant in the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2016.
What was already a very successful awards event for Tuddenham Mill, boutique hotel and restaurant, near Newmarket, then improved further when Max Cameron was announced as the winner of the Young Chef of the Year award.
The awards recognised and rewarded the county’s best producers, businesses and outstanding personalities in their 13 award categories in the celebratory ceremony that took place on Monday 25th April at Kesgrave Hall.
Suffolk’s best restaurant was selected after thorough evaluation of the menus and food philosophies, which was then followed by an independent expert visit.
Three restaurants including Unruly Pig, Fox and Goose and Tuddenham Mill, were shortlisted for this accolade.
Tuddenham Mill’s Restaurant Manager, Simon Bartle, was thrilled to win the top award and has said: “The whole team here at Tuddenham Mill are delighted to have their hard work and passion for the industry recognised at these awards.
We are proud to help represent the quality of Suffolk food and drink and look forward to continuing to work alongside the many dedicated individuals and businesses that create the amazing diversity this region has to offer.”
After their anonymous visit, experts have commented that service at Tuddenham Mill’s restaurant was attentive with an incredible amount of knowledge and finesse from the waiting team who were able to talk in great depth about the ingredients used and their provenance.
West Suffolk College student and part time Commis Chef at Tuddenham Mill, Max Cameron, 19, became Suffolk’s Young Chef of the Year after a challenging cook off competition.
Three finalists were set a task to prepare a two course meal in front of the judges. They complimented Max’s focus and a methodical, unflappable approach to cooking from beginning to end.
After winning the award Max has said: “I wasn’t expecting to win so it was an amazing feeling. It almost didn’t feel real when they said my name. Head Chef at the Mill, Lee Bye, (seen right) is a massive influence on my cooking style, he is training me to refine all of my skills and teach me to not expect anything other than the best.”
Tuddenham Mill’s 2 AA rosette restaurant has consistently been praised by food inspectors and critics and featured in a number of the country’s independent guides and awards.
The most recent accolades include the AA Notable Wine List 2015, Square Meal’s UK Top 100 list, the prestigious Good Food Guide Editors’ Award 2015 for the Best Set Lunch menu, and Head Chef, Lee Bye, was crowned Suffolk’s Chef of the Year in the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2015.
Tuddenham Mill is a beautifully restored historic water mill situated in between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds. It has a superb restaurant and 15 stunning bedrooms, offering the perfect stylish, boutique bolthole in a rural Suffolk setting. You will find an exceptional environment, a passion for great food and wine, the ultimate in bedroom comforts and discrete yet attentive service. Think: Italian designer furniture, old oak beams, Missoni dressing gowns and resident swans.