Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, in Kingsbridge, Devon, has gained a second AA Rosette in recognition of its quality restaurant.
Buckland, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, was awarded the stamp for its ‘appealing and balanced selection of imaginative dishes’.
The staff’s attentiveness and good product knowledge were also recognised.
Head chef Ted Ruewell has been at the helm of the kitchen at the luxury country manor house hotel for the past six years, developing exciting European menus with a modern twist and using local and fresh produce throughout.
Buckland’s general manager, Gemma Edmonds, says: “Ted is a truly dedicated chef. When he’s not working in our kitchens, you’ll find him in his vegetable patch, out on the waves catching fresh local fish, harvesting apples for cider and even making his own cheese.
“He loves cultivating the kitchen garden at Buckland and also brings in produce from his own orchards to use in the dishes he creates. His kitchen cider is very popular with his local suppliers!”
Ruewell adds: “It’s a team effort here at Buckland and the 2 AA Rosettes are the result of a great deal of hard work and enthusiasm from everyone in the kitchen.”
As part of his role, Ruewell creates new dishes that are good value for money and together with his team comes up with new ideas that are on trend with consumer demand.
His new innovative afternoon tea offering has gone down a storm with guests recently.
He explains: “We’ve recently introduced a mix-and-match spin on the traditional afternoon tea with a ‘his and hers’ version – a glass of bubbly, scones, cakes and sandwiches for her and cheese, sandwiches, pork pie and a pint for him. It’s proving very popular!”