A host of prestigious culinary awards have recently headed to fine dining restaurants across Stockton Borough.
Muse, which opened in 2012, is the first restaurant in Yarm to be included in the Michelin Guide. A continental café situated on the busy High Street it has also featured in the Telegraph's Top 500 Restaurants list.
Muse is run by Jonathan Hall, Marcus Bennett and Adrian Rummel. The trio are set to shortly open another new business on Yarm High Street with their business partner Peter Huggins. ‘Cena’ will serve rustic Italian cuisine.
Jonathan Hall said: “We like Yarm as it’s a great town which is full of independent traders and restaurateurs that make the place rather unique. It’s great that we have achieved these accolades especially as we didn’t set out to achieve them originally.
“We have a great loyal customer base, mainly because I believe we offer a consistent standard to our guests in both food and service standards. The restaurant also has a great atmosphere every night which helps bring people back.
“There are many good places to eat in the area - places like Yarm are full of independent restauranteurs who are all trying really hard to entice people into the town. As a result Yarm has a great nightlife with something for everybody.”
Also situated south of the Borough is Eaglescliffe’s The Waiting Room, a multi-award winning vegetarian restaurant. The restaurant has attracted a long list of awards and rave reviews in recent years, including ‘best restaurant in the UK’ from the Vegetarian Society. It is regularly included as a ‘best restaurant in the UK runner up’ in The Observer Food Awards as well featuring in The Times and The Telegraph’s ‘best of lists’.
BBC Good Food said The Waiting Room is a “great little restaurant selling wonderful food".
Another award winning place to eat near Yarm is Chadwick’s Inn at Maltby. This traditional country pub has been awarded two AA rosettes for the fourth year running – the only 2 AA Rosette non-hotel restaurant in the Tees Valley to receive this commendation.
It has also appeared in both the prestigious Michelin Guide 2014 and the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2014 for the third consecutive year.
The latest addition to the Borough’s list of commended restaurants is newly opened, Indian restaurant Vadah which offers a fine dining experience on Stockton’s Riverside. Multi award winning Head Chef, Kaysar Ahmed, serves up a wide range of quality Indian cuisine from tempting specialities to the much loved classics.
In 2010 Kaysar Ahmed won the Taste of Britain Award. He has also worked with Michelin Star chef Dominic Chapman and Atol Kulcha and has won the Curry Life Chef award three times.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “Residents and visitors to Stockton may not realise that our Borough is home to a spectacular range of award winning places to eat which are really special. The Borough is blessed with some fantastic restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes.
“The food and drink sector plays a really important role in the Borough’s economy and I’m pleased that these establishments and the talented people behind them are receiving recognition. With Stockton Council’s fantastic events programme set to gear up over the summer months why not make a day or evening of it and take the time to visit to enjoy some fantastic food.”