Cliveden House Awarded Best New Restaurant From Waitrose Good Food Guide
Less than 10 months after its launch in late November 2013, André Garrett at Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire, has been awarded 'Restaurant Newcomer of the Year' and ranked in the top 20 UK restaurants in the 2015 edition of the Waitrose Good Food Guide. Positioned at #18, the restaurant sits alongside many other prestigious establishments with long culinary pedigrees.
Commenting on the tremendous achievement, the Guide's editor, Elizabeth Carter, stated: "There are two things that characterise Andre Garrett's cooking for me. The first is balance: every single dish is executed with precise, mutually enhancing harmony. The second is an ability to combine the remarkable with the familiar. Dishes here are special, not because they're outlandish or bang on trend, but because quality ingredients are cooked flawlessly."
André Garrett moved to Cliveden House to head up the refurbished and relaunched restaurant after a distinguished series of positions in top London restaurants. He achieved a Michelin star at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton Park Lane, where he worked with Chris and Jeff Galvin (2006-13). Prior to that he was at Orrery Restaurant, also with the Galvins, as head chef (2002-06), having return to London after a stint in Paris at Michelin three-starred Guy Savoy, as part of his Roux Scholarship.
“Moving from London to the countryside was a big career and personal decision for me, but I have never been happier,” explained André Garrett. “The history and glamour of Cliveden House have been a huge inspiration to me - I am always conscious of our guests' expectations when visiting such a grand house, and my food somewhat sits in two camps – respecting the classical traditions, but being light and modern wherever possible, too.”
Cliveden House is a five-star luxury hotel owned by the National Trust and operated under a long lease arrangement by private owners, whose sister hotel is Chewton Glen in the New Forest, Hampshire. Civeden has 38 rooms, including 15 suites, Spring Cottage by the Thames, a spa and heated outdoor pool, and a range of sporting, leisure, conference and meeting facilities. There are also 376 acres of beautifully cultivated National Trust gardens surrounding the Grade I estate.
General Manager Sue Williams and the staff at Cliveden are full of praise for André's dedication and ability. “Being awarded 'Restaurant Newcomer of the Year' by such an esteemed Guide is a tremendous milestone for our newly assembled team,” enthused Sue Williams. “There is a great deal of talent in the kitchen under André's direction, and they are very focused on reaching culinary success. We are appreciative to Elizabeth Carter and all at the Waitrose Good Food Guide for their recognition in this year's edition of the guide.”
André Garrett at Cliveden is located at Cliveden Road, Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF.
Reservations – 01628 607100. Website – www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/restaurant