Micro Business of the Year!

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Very, very proud to have received Micro Business of the Year Award at the Sedgemoor Business Excellence Awards last week. 

All credit to Olivier Certain for fabulous food and our great team for their hard work and support. Thank you also to all our lovely loyal customers who have supported us over the past 11 years and who like what we do.

2014 Favourite Moments

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Looking back on 2014, there were lots of high points and few low points.

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The year started badly with incessant rain in December and January meaning that there was widespread flooding in Somerset, mainly on the Somerset Levels, which were under water for months. Some of our customers and friends had to abandon their homes and some have not yet returned to them. It was a heart breaking time for many families and a time they will wish never to repeat.

After that slow start to the year, it soon moved on apace.

WORKSHOPS

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Popular workshops were held throughout the year – one of the most popular being cheese making with Sarah & Chris of The Shebbear Cheese Co. Always a pleasure to have them here and fun as well. Neil White is an amazing photographer and his workshops in Food Photography are always in demand. An enjoyable printmaking workshop with artist Jackie Curtis was also held this year.

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A new workshop this year was Wild Foraging with Greg Power – a fantastic day learning a huge amount about edible plants and medicinal plants.

MUSIC

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Music is important at Clavelshay and an Irish Night with Diaspora proved a great night and one which we hope to repeat this year. More good times followed with favourites Bare Bones Trio and the ever popular Cleverly Everly – Everly Brothers tribute who always make the old beams rock!

A new band in the summer saw French gypsy jazz band Petits Annonces bring a Parisienne bistro feel to the barn. Fantastique!

WEDDINGS

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Weddings play an important part in our business, and the first of the season was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. A relaxed couple, beautiful weather, an informal festival atmosphere – complete with pie & mash - a joy to behold and be a part of.

"Love Is All You Need" … Simple really!

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There were some lovely weddings, some small, some large – we love them all! A first for Clavelshay this year was a wedding with high wire artist topping up glasses of champagne whilst hanging upside down from a rope!

One of our favourites was Esther & Brian’s. They have been coming to the restaurant since they met and think of it as their special place. Brian proposed here and they had their very special wedding reception here in September.

RESTAURANT

2014 saw big changes with us saying goodbye to Head Chef Guy Horley who had been with us for 5 years and who had been a good friend to us at Clavelshay and we wish him well in his new job.

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We then welcomed head chef Phil Verden into the Clavelshay family and he has been a revelation, bringing his own exciting style to country food. His reputation goes before him and we are seeing new customers all the time who want to try his food. Phil wowed everyone with his first Tasting Menu – seven courses of perfection! Hope to do more of those in 2015.

CHARITY

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We held a charity event in April – a Pop Up Restaurant with guest chef Sam Moody from the Bath Priory. This was organised by Steve Ashworth and we raised just over £1000 for Children's Hospice South. West. We also raised £500 for CHSW by making jams and chutneys and selling them in the restaurant.

AWARDS

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At last, we have won a Taste of the West Gold Award – after years of winning Silver –am delighted to achieve recognition for our commitment to local produce.

We also won in 2014:

Green Business of the Year –Sedgemoor Business Awards

Sustainable Restaurant Association – 3 star champion for 2nd year running

TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence for 4th year running

Finalist –Restaurant of the Year Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 4th year running

Highly Commended –South West Tourism Awards

We are delighted to win these awards and need to thank all those involved –all staff – for their hard work, support and friendship.

Lastly, thank you to all our loyal customers and friends – we can’t do it without you! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards

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It's that time of the year again, time to nominate your favourite Somerset restaurant/chef/food hero for the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards - individuals and businesses that you feel deserve to be recognised for their outstanding quality in the food and drink industry.

For the last three years we've been in the Top 3 for the Somerset Life Restaurant of the Year Award, this year we would absolutely love to win it!

If you feel like nominating us that would be fantastic and very much appreciated!

These are the categories you can nominate us for:

Restaurant of the Year Chef of the Year Best Somerset Sunday Roast

You can vote online here » 

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About The Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards

The Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the regions food & drink industry including local producers & suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers, and people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment.

The companies nominated are all voted for by you, our readers. We want to know if you’ve received a fantastic meal at your local pub or have been impressed by the stallholders at your farmers’ market or farm shop. The recognition the awards offer make a fantastic and positive impact to local businesses and there has never been a better time to support your local community.

Our judges look for the quality of the nominations rather than quantity and once entries have closed on Friday 1st August our independent panel of judges will then select three finalists in each category using strict criteria and then our judges will visit each venue and select a winner.

All of the finalists will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony lunch on 1st October where they will find out if they are a winner.