Hampshire Hospitality Award 2012-13
The Hampshire Hospitality Award is a quality marque for restaurants, tea rooms, pubs, cafés and other eateries in the county. The award celebrates the best of Hampshire's eating experiences.
The 2012-13 winners are listed below. We've even included some helpful quotes from the assessor. Some eateries have awards for the use of locally grown produce on their menus, some for the overall quality of the dining experience (from service to ambience) and some for both. Pick one that appeals and see what you think. Happy eating!
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"Very good cooking … dishes have a real individuality, well worth checking out."
"Indian cookery with care and accuracy, in a comfortable quality restaurant."
The Chesil Rectory
"A top notch restaurant, with fine hospitality, cooking of great skill and accuracy, which also takes obvious pride in its use of local ingredients."
"A warm bright and welcoming ambience with a popular local following."
El Sabio Tapas Bar and Restaurant
"Food and wine focus on the delights of Spain, and don’t miss the riverside terrace."
The Golden Lion
"Generous portions, a warm and friendly atmosphere and the best flower decorations for miles."
"This excellent newcomer may be hidden away, but is already popular, with its easy welcome, and accurate Japanese dishes"
Morn Hill Brasserie
"A comfortable modern hotel restaurant, which has made a real effort to improve even further this year."
Hotel Du Vin
"A fine city bistro, with capable cooking and an atmosphere which suits both formal and casual occasions."
"A comfortable hotel restaurant, with capable cooking in a smart modern setting - the range of desserts particularly impressed."
The Old Vine
"Understandably a popular city pub, lively atmosphere … shows serious commitment in its use of local ingredients."
"This spacious elegant restaurant offers a more modern take on Indian cooking, with attractive presentation and some fine varied spicing"
Terracotta Chinese Restaurant
"A smart modern restaurant, with capable cooking from both traditional and more modern dishes."
"This well-known city institution is still at the top of its game, with a friendly welcome, a great ambience and deft seasonal cookery"
Towns and Villages
The Bell Inn
"A really well established restaurant, sitting perfectly between pub and formal dining the lunch menu has high quality cooking at a great price."
Lainston House Hotel
"The Avenue is a real luxury destination restaurant, which delivers cooking of great creativity and accuracy, and takes pride in its use of local ingredients."
The Thomas Lord
"At this well-established dining pub, new owners have carried out a subtle redecoration, and given the food a new lease of life with accurate traditional cooking."