A SURPRISE inspection of a revamped hotel restaurant has earned staff two AA Rosettes within six months of its opening.
Richard Clark, executive head chef of the Ranulf restaurant, only joined the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Tarporley, in the summer.
The coveted awards were granted following snap inspection which saw a three-course meal of salmon, confit free range chicken leg and gateau served up.
Mr Clark said: “I think our standards are strong and I thought it was only a matter of time. We didn’t know an inspector would be coming but chefs always get paranoid when there is a booking for a table for one.
“When we found out we had achieved two rosettes there was a very big sense of pride and a huge sense of relief.
“To have achieved two AA rosettes means that we are now on par with more established venues and we have to continually keep on providing quality cuisine.”
The staff are now looking forward to warmer months when diners will be able to enjoy their food on the al fresco grassed over roof overlooking our grounds and the surrounding countryside.