Seaham Hall in Durham has been awarded top marks in the annual Taste Durham awards, scooping both the Highest Quality Assured and Local Produce Champion prizes.
The five-star boutique, set within a Georgian country house, received the two local awards for its Byron’s Bar & Grill, firmly placing the restaurant in the top 4% nationwide.
The Taste Durham accreditation, scored via independent assessment carried out by national body Quality in Tourism, was awarded to Seaham Hall’s restaurant, which is headed by the hotel’s executive chef Simon Bolsover, who joined the hotel just 12 months ago, in spring 2014.
The restaurant was recognised for its imaginative, locally-sourced dishes, atmosphere and décor, plus consistently good service and overall quality.
Seaham Hall’s general manager, Ross Grieve, says: “The whole team is excited and exhilarated by our success in these prestigious awards and we look forward to showcasing our culinary talents to all those who choose to dine with us over the next 12 months and beyond.”
Executive chef Bolsover comments: “Since joining the team at Seaham Hall and moving back up north, my passion has been sourcing as many ingredients as locally and as seasonally as possible; tracking down good local producers is, once again, every chef’s aim and inspiration.
“My main ambition is to make Seaham Hall a food lover’s destination in its own right and to reignite this iconic hotel, based on the fabulous heritage coastline. Here on the Durham coast we have an embarrassment of riches that I’m delighted to use as my inspiration.”
The restaurant’s path to success has included being awarded 2 AA rosettes (highly commended) for its innovative cuisine in 2013, followed by the Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured award in 2014.
This year, the hotel has also enjoyed a hotel-wide £2M refurbishment. Byron’s Bar & Grill has been relocated to the front of the hotel into a more intimate space.