Bath restaurant Menu Gordon Jones has won the prestigious title of South West Readers’ Restaurant of the Year by Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.
To qualify for the awards, aimed at championing neighbourhood eateries, restaurants needed to be independently run and offer regional or local produce where possible.
Menu Gordon Jones fought off stiff competition from others in the South West to scoop the win for the region.
This year, more than 30,000 members of the public submitted nominations for their favourite restaurants in the awards. The Good Food Guide verifies all the nominations before picking ten regional winners who represent some of the best local dining experiences to be had around the country.
Menu Gordon Jones opened in 2012 and quickly gained a strong local reputation for its innovative cooking and use of local, wild and foraged ingredients. With just 20 covers, demand for tables at the restaurant is high.
The no-choice 'surprise' tasting menu changes daily and recent dishes have included tandoori cod tongues, squid coleslaw, avocado yoghurt, smoked paprika taco; and glazed rose veal cheek, truffle sticky rice, candied citrus and dried chervil roots.
On hearing the news, Gordon Jones, chef and proprietor of Menu Gordon Jones, said: ‘We are so happy to have been awarded the Readers' award. This is such an honour to have been recognised for what we do and to know that our customers appreciate it. And we do really want to thank all our customers for embracing our concept and for all the support they have given us. We are absolutely over the moon.’
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of The Good Food Guide, said: 'My heartfelt congratulations to Menu Gordon Jones on being named as the Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year for the South West. Chef Gordon Jones has quickly established his restaurant as a gastronomic destination. Gordon’s highly individualistic cooking is a marvel; each dish on his no-choice tasting menu offers exquisite attention to detail and always delivers on taste and flavour. A meal here is quite simply outstanding.’
The Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards celebrate local restaurants, pubs and cafés, as nominated by members of the public.
Each winning restaurant will feature in the 2015 edition of the guide, which will be published in September 2014.
The winner of the overall award will be picked by the editors of the Good Food Guide and will be announced on September 1.