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'Checkers in' to Michelin Guide

Created on 07/10/2011 @ 16:51
The Checkers Restaurant in Montgomery has joined some of the world’s leading eateries in the 2012 Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland which is released today (Friday).
The guide, regarded as the most credible rating system in the hospitality industry, has awarded a star to The Checkers which is one of only four establishments in Wales to be included.
And its owner, Frenchman Stéphane Borie, told Wales Online that he was “delighted” when he heard that his new venture was included alongside The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny, Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo, and the Crown at Whitebrook in Monmouthshire.
He said: “It has required a tremendous amount of teamwork to get into the guide and we are all thrilled.”
After growing up in Agen, France, his kitchen apprenticeship began in Bordeaux before moving to London in the late 1990s. He spent seven years with renowned chef Michel Roux at The Waterside Inn Bray with the three-Michelin star training instilling a passion for flavour, excellence and dedication to his trade.
He went on to Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons and Daylesford House as private chef to Sir Anthony Bamford, before opening The Herbert Arms at Chirbury, near Montgomery.
MP Glyn Davies heralded the news as “putting the area on the gastronomic map”.
A spokesman for the Michelin Guide said: “The Checkers is the new star of Wales.
“The guide describes The Checkers as a charming 18th century coaching inn, situated in the main square of the hilltop town.
“It is spacious and has a stylish restaurant and terrace, with monthly changing menus and defined flavours. Classical dishes are executed with a deft touch. The guide lists three specialities: Cheddar cheese soufflé with roasted red peppers, pork belly with roasted pear and lemon crème brûlée.”
The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2012 is available in bookshops, priced £14.99.