Plaudits for city eateries

Two city eateries are celebrating after being included in top food guides.

Gourmet brand Michelin has acknowledged Norwich local pub, 1 Up at The Mad Moose Arms, as a quality establishment that is worthy of recommendation in its annual Eating Out in Pubs guide 2011.

Meanwhile, former Adlard's head chef Roger Hickman has also earned praise from The Good Food Guide for the self-named resturant he opened on the site of Adlard's just seven months ago.

For the owner of The Mad Moose, in Warwick Street, the pub's addition this year makes it a hat-trick, as its sister pubs have already made it into the guide.

Henry Watt, of Animal Inns, which also includes The Wildebeest Arms, in Stoke Holy Cross, and The Hunny Bell, in Hunworth, near Holt, said: 'All three of our pubs are now included in the guide and we are thrilled.

'Everybody works really hard to maintain a consistent standard, offering quality, well-cooked, local produce in a really nice atmosphere, which is what we have been doing for 20 years.'

The Michelin guide includes more than 500 pubs that have met the standards of the Michelin inspectors in regards to their food, drink and entertainment.

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More than 70 pubs are new to the 2011 edition, demonstrating that pubs are still making the effort to adapt to appeal to their consumers with offers of value and quality, even in this difficult economic climate.

The Evening News launched its Love Your Local campaign to highlight the plight of pubs and to show how they are continually striving to ensure they remain at the heart of the city's communities.

Derek Bulmer, the editor of the Michelin pub guide, said: 'Our guide shows that pubs are not dying, they are merely changing.

'The traditional drinking pub has undoubtedly been suffering, but those that are making efforts with their food are flourishing.

'Even some of the breweries have acknowledged this and have begun recruiting talented chefs. If there is one message, it is adapt and thrive.

'We are also finding that these food-driven pubs are playing an even greater part in the local community. Chefs are rediscovering regional specialities and often deal directly with local farmers, and many hold food-themed nights, such as pie nights or fish nights. We are pleased to see that most are also moving away from restaurant-style cooking and are now serving 'proper' pub food.'

Roger Hickman's Restaurant, in Upper St Giles Street, has also been rated by The Good Food Guide with a high cooking score of five out of 10.

The score equals that previously achieved by Morston Hall, owned by television celebrity chef Galton Blakiston, and the highly acclaimed The Neptune of Old Hunstanton.

According to the guide, a score of five out of 10 means 'exact cooking techniques and a degree of ambition; showing balance and depth of flavour in dishes, while using quality ingredients'. Only one other restaurant in Norfolk has a higher rating.

Mr Hickman said: 'I'm thrilled to be included within the guide within such a short amount of time. My team and I have worked very hard to achieve this, which in the restaurant world is a big deal.'

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