Castle Inn, Edgehill scoops two AA rosettes
The Castle at Edgehill was recently awarded two Rosettes by the AA Tour Guide in recognition for the high quality of its cuisine, and was also commended for all areas of service.
This local historic inn has received a top industry award after just 10 months of being run by husband and wife team Mark and Claire Higgs.
This prestigious and coveted award reflects true excellence, with fewer than 10% of restaurants across the UK awarded even one Rosette, let alone two.
Landlords Mark and Claire Higgs insist that the accolade reflects the combined work of the whole team at The Castle at Edgehill, and that they wouldn’t have been awarded the rosettes without everyone hardwork, from the kitchen team headed up by Matthew Ayres to front of house, Manager Sue Hargreaves, playing their part. “We were delighted to learn that we had been awarded two rosettes”, said Mark. “Achieving such a prestigious result is a fantastic reward for the amazing journey we have been on in the 10 months since we reopened following a full refurbishment of the historic site. “We are all immensely proud of all our team at The Castle at Edgehill and Claire and I are overjoyed to have such wonderful passionate team who care about The Castle as much as we do”.
Mark and Claire oversaw the major refurbishment of The Castle at the beginning of 2014 and they are thrilled at the transformation of the historic Inn into a quiet yet thriving country pub. The couple were keen to retain the original features, such as the open stone fireplace and exposed stonework. They used the closure time to source fabrics, paintings and artefacts to complement the period property. Built on the backdrop of the Battle of Edgehill, guests can dine in the bar, in the dining room or in the stunning conservatory with its breathtaking views across the valley. No stranger to the licensed trade, Mark also runs the Fox at Farthinghoe. Claire has her own wedding floristry business Hibiscus Floral Design, and this busy, energetic young couple even found time to get married last October – when the Hook Norton Brewery which supplies the Inn brewed special ale in their honour for the wedding.
James Clarke of Hook Norton Brewery comments of the couples' achievements “ "We are delighted that The Castle has been awarded this prestigious honour. The pub and restaurant sector remains extremely competitive, and it is testament to Mark, Claire and their team that they have achieved this standard. Their keen, energetic and professional staff make a real difference to the customer experience, and all in an historic pub, with the best view in the area. We should all raise a glass of Hooky to congratulate The Castle"