After a pretty tough 12 months, which has tested all of us in the hospitality industry, we were delighted to find out that The Red Lion has been featured in this year’s Michelin Guide and awarded a Michelin Plate. This is our fourth consecutive year in the Michelin Guide and we’re absolutely thrilled that our hard work has once again been recognised with this prestigious accolade.
A Michelin Plate is the symbol for those restaurants that are featured in the Michelin Guide but have neither a star nor a Bib Gourmand. It symbolises a very good standard of food in a restaurant and is judged using the same five criteria used for starred and Bib Gourmand restaurants. Many restaurants start off entering the guide with a Plate and moving up to a star in the future.
All Michelin Guide inspections are completely anonymous and we only find out they have visited when we receive word of our award. Encouraging readers to divert their route off the M6 to visit our village pub in Staffordshire, the Michelin inspectors went on to describe The Red Lion as, “an airy bar, a conservatory, a snug and a dining room hung with photos of the pub through the ages. Menus offer plenty of choice, with hearty, flavoursome dishes ranging from sticky braised beef to curry-spiced salmon Kiev.” You can view our Michelin listing here.
Head Chef, Stuart Bruce is pictured with his kitchen team and Operations Manager Sophie Pugh, as they proudly show off their recently delivered Michelin plaque in confirmation of our entry into the 2018 Michelin Guide which was announced earlier this year.
Along with the Michelin Guide entry we were also granted a Michelin Plate award which is a new category of Michelin Award indicating that the restaurant has notable quality food. “The restaurant might be on the brink of the next award, either a Bib Gourmand or a Michelin Star but isn’t quite there yet”.
The Michelin plate award is indicated on our coveted plaque by the plate and cutlery symbol
We are delighted that the newly published Michelin Guide 2018 features The Red Lion, Bradley, along with the award of a Michelin Plate
Following their anonymous visit, the inspectors described the Red Lion: “An airy bar and conservatory opens onto a dining room hung with photos of the pub through the ages. Menus offer plenty of choice, with hearty, flavoursome dishes ranging from whole roast witch sole to curried chicken Kiev”
The Michelin Plate award is a new category of Michelin Award and indicates that the restaurant has quality food which is notable and the inspectors enjoyed the experience. The restaurant might be on the brink of the next award, either a Bib Gourmand or a Michelin Star but isn’t quite there yet.
Chris Lewis, Managing Partner of The Lewis Partnership which owns The Red Lion, Bradley said “To receive such a high accolade from well respected and trusted assessors of our industry is a brilliant achievement, especially when it comes within the first year of launching the “new” Red Lion. It is a testament to our team of the hard work and dedication that goes into producing the consistency of service that is recognised by this award.
The Moat House, Acton Trussell, another member of The Lewis Partnership portfolio, was also recognised with a Michelin Plate in the 2018 guide, at the same time as having its 2 AA Rosette status renewed for the 19th consecutive year.