The new Michelin star awarded to The Olive Tree restaurant at The Queensberry hotel in Bath has been cited by the owners as an ‘incredibly important milestone’ for the business.
The restaurant, which is headed up by Chris Cleghorn, scooped its first Michelin star earlier this week, becoming the only establishment in Bath and one of 97 outside London, to be recognised with the accolade.
The Queensberry is owned by Laurence and Helen Beere who said that the star was testament to Cleghorn’s dedication and ‘relentless commitment’ to quality and the guest experience.
Cleghorn has been at the helm of The Olive Tree for the last five years, joining in 2013 with experience at the likes of The Fat Duck, Gidleigh Park and Danesfield House.
He was one of 15 new names to be awarded a Michelin star for the first time on Monday night, with the UK and Ireland now home to 180 Michelin star restaurants. 155 eateries hold one star, while 20 have two and five boast three.
Commenting on the announcement, Cleghorn said: “Looking to the future, the team and I want to enjoy what we have achieved, but at the same time we will continue to evolve every single day creating outstanding menus and memorable experiences that our guests can enjoy, working with our exceptional local suppliers and their excellent produce.”
Laurence Beere said: “We are immensely proud of Chris and the whole of our team within The Olive Tree. The last five years since Chris joined has been a tremendous and challenging journey. For Helen and I this is an incredibly important milestone for our business and we are truly grateful to Chris for his dedication and relentless commitment to the upmost quality and the finest experience for our guests to enjoy.”
He also promised some ‘exciting developments’ in the pipeline for both The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant.
Laurence and Helen bought the Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree in 1998 following a career with The Savoy and Cliveden.