The General Burgoyne, an award-winning 17th century pub based in Great Urswick near Ulverston, has been listed in The Good Food Guide for the first time ever.
For more than 60 years, The Good Food Guide has scoured the UK for the best dining experiences on offer, from high-end restaurants for that once-in-a-lifetime meal to hearty pubs for Sunday lunch with friends. If a restaurant isn’t up to scratch, it won’t be included in The Good Food Guide.
The General Burgoyne is one of only three new entries for Cumbria to appear in the 2013 guide out of 20 main entries...but this success comes as no surprise to tenants Craig and Louise Sherrington.
Top Lake District Chef Craig left behind a stellar career in leading restaurant and hotel kitchens to become his own boss at General Burgoyne in July 2010 with wife Louise. Two years on and they have received local and national recognition, including an award for their ingenious ‘peanuts and a pint’ dessert at the ‘Have you got the bottle?’ chef’s challenge, and a Cumbria Life Food and Drink Award.
Winning ‘Have you got the bottle?’ brought immediate culinary fame to Craig and the General Burgoyne, especially in Cumbria. Spearheaded by Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and Robinsons Brewery, the competition challenges top chefs to demonstrate that beer, our nation’s favourite drink, can be a key ingredient in restaurant standard cooking. Last year’s winner, Craig, stunned judges with his peanuts and a pint creation: an innovative dish with a great combination of flavours, Old Tom jelly using Robinsons renowned 6.5%ABV Chocolate Tom, vanilla panacotta, salted caramel and peanut parfait...and he is hoping to WOW the judges again this year!
Commenting on the most recent in a long line of achievements, Craig says: “we are absolutely thrilled to be included in the most prestigious food guide in the UK after just two years. Winning Robinsons ‘Have you got the bottle?’ competition in 2011 was very good for us – it boosted our profile tremendously and customers are still coming in and reserving their ‘peanuts and a pint’ before they’ve even looked at the menu.”
Awards aside, Craig and Louise are keen to keep their feet firmly on the ground and please the right people – their customers: “Whilst accolades are more than welcome and it’s nice to get national recognition for what we do locally, we cook for our customers, not the guides. We love to create innovative new dishes, but there’ll always be good old Fish and Chips and of course the infamous Pie ‘n’ Peas on our menu! We work hard at working hard and we do it all for our customers.”
This is certainly not your run of the mill pub grub; the General Burgoyne specialises in producing high quality dishes, served in cosy comfortable surroundings, and there’s always a little twist to Craig’s dishes.
“All of the food is made on the premises using only the best quality, local, seasonal produce without compromise – it tastes better that way! If we don’t make it we don’t serve it (with the exception of bread and ice cream, but as we grow we have plans to make these in-house too).”