A VILLAGE pub near Daventry has received a top culinary award – rating it as one of the best places in Northamptonshire to eat.
The Red Lion in East Haddon has been recognised with a coveted Bib Gourmand in the new Michelin Guide for Great Brittain and Ireland, published last week.
The honour is just one step below a Michelin star and highlights places which produce top quality food.
The award makes The Red Lion the guide’s top-ranked restaurant in Northamptonshire.
Nick Bonner, who runs The Red Lion alongside Michelin-starred Adam Gray, said the award was down to the hard work of his head chef, Anthony Horn, and the rest of his staff.
He said: “We are absolutely over the moon. We knew the inspectors have been coming because some of them have occasionally left a business card when they have left, so we knew they had been looking at us.
“We had been hoping we might get into the Michelin Guide but we just thought we would go in as a listing, but we have found out we have got the Bib Gourmand. We are not chasing a Michelin star but for them to think we are at this level is wonderful.”
Mr Bonner said he heard about the accolade on Thursday last week, just before the pub was preparing for the lunch service.
He said: “The Red Lion is a pub. It is a wonderful pub and in a pub you can do some great things.
“We feel we would look to get a Michelin star in a different establishment, somewhere near to The Red Lion, possi-
bly in a smaller venue.
“We’re serving some fantastic produce here but for us to achieve a Michelin star I think the establishment would need to be a bit smaller than this.”
In August The Red Lion also made it into the Good Food Guide.