Officially Best in The South West!

The only Bath Hotel to reach the final 3, The Queensberry Hotel last night won the prestigious Best Hotel Award at food Magazine’s food Reader Awards, beating Merchants Manor in Cornwall and The Two Bridges Hotel in Devon. The award, sponsored by Jelf, celebrated a hotel that not only offers exceptional accommodation, but that also provides superb dining and quality food and drink to both guests and non-residents.


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The South West’s original and leading food magazine, food has been providing the foodies of the South West and visitors with hand-picked places to eat, stay, shop and cook for 12 years. Covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, the food Reader Awards are voted for exclusively by readers of food magazine and the food Insider’s Guide website, making them highly sought after accolades. Over 9,000 readers cast 40,000 votes for 120 businesses to find the very best in Westcountry food and drink. Sponsored by Yeo Valley, the 2015 ceremony was held at their headquarters in Bristol, which was decorated with quirky edible decor for the event.


Owner, Laurence Beere was delighted with the award “We like to think we offer the perfect package at The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant so to win is a fantastic achievement. The fact that the awards are judged by readers and diners themselves makes it all the more special.”


The Queensberry is an 18th Century hotel steeped in History, found in the centre of Bath. The commissioner and original owner of the property, the 8th Marquess of Queensberry who had the townhouses built in 1771, would be proud of the namesake hotel with its in-house restaurant, Olive Tree, which currently has England’s Best Wine List. Tipped for a Michelin Star, Head Chef Chris Cleghorn’s informal fine dining experience is not to be missed. Situated on a quintessentially English city street, The Queensberry’s helpful staff are ready and waiting to tend to your every need for utter city chic escapism.

Time for Tea!

Thanks to you, we have been shortlisted for a prestigious Food Reader’s Award and The Olive Tree Restaurant and The Queensberry Hotel are up for Best Foodie Hotel alongside Merchants Manor in Cornwall and Two Bridges Hotel in Devon. We are thrilled to be the only Bath Restaurant up for the award, so to reach the final 3 is a real achievement and we are very grateful!

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The cream of the South West’s food industry gathered at Combe House Hotel on Monday for a special afternoon tea where certificates were awarded to the
deserving finalists, including yours truly, ahead of the ceremony on 26th January where the winner will be revealed. From The Olive Tree kitchen were Carl Cleghorn, and Head Chef Chris Cleghorn who are pictured receiving their Finalists certificate.




Voting closes at 11.45pm tonight, so there’s still time to vote! Click here to put Bath on the map and make us Best Foodie Hotel 2015.


‘Best Foodie Hotel’ Finalists in the Food Reader Awards 2015!

It’s with palpable excitement that we can reveal that The Queensberry Hotel are finalists in the ‘Best Foodie Hotel’ category in the Food Reader Awards 2015! Your generous and reliable support has got us very far indeed and we cannot thank you all enough.

However, votes are still being taken, and you have until January 14th to vote for us here:


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The Food Reader Awards ceremony, in association with Yeo Valley, will be held at the Yeo Valley HQ in Bristol on Monday 26th January from 6.30pm. A rustic feast of winter classics will be served alongside carefully chosen complementing beers and ciders, along with a range of local specialities. The night promises to be the perfect amalgam of local talent, fresh produce and celebratory spirits.




It’s fair to say that we couldn’t have got this far without all of your votes, so from all of us here at The Queensberry Hotel, we’d like to heartily thank every single one of you, and we look forward to finding out the result at the end of January!

Our exceptional wine list receives yet another award!

Don’t worry, you aren’t reading the same blog post twice, The Olive Tree’s fantastic wine list has been recognised once again this year, winning ‘Best Wine List’ in the Bath Good Food Awards 2014, and it’s fair to say we are more than just a little overjoyed!


A dazzling gala was held at The Assembly Rooms on Sunday 16th of November, where over 30 winners were announced in their categories including yours truly! Voted for by the people of Bath and judged by some of our best local and national food experts, Bath Good Food Awards are completely independent and seek to recognise the efforts of Bath Restaurants, Delis and Cafés and their wonderful food, as well as shining the spotlight on the local producers who provide their delicious ingredients. The awards are also designed to honour those who have helped put Bath on the map as one of the South West’s leading food cities.






And, to make the night that little bit more special, The Olive Tree picked up ‘highly-commended’ status for Best Restaurant; a successful night, wouldn’t you say?

Round Two – We Need Your Help!

Back in October, we kindly requested your votes for the Food Reader Awards 2015, and boy did you get on board!

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We were flattered to discover that – thanks to your dependable and loyal support – The Olive Tree, and our hotel The Queensberry have been shortlisted for 3 of the Food Reader’s Awards:


  • Best Foodie Hotel (sponsored by Jelf) – The Queensberry Hotel
  • Best Restaurant (sponsored by Total Produce) – Olive Tree Restaurant
  • Best Wine List – Olive Tree Restaurant


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We are up against some talented competition and we are proud to be sharing a line-up with the other foodie finalists. Your votes have got us this far, and we are thrilled to have even been shortlisted, but a win in our categories would be the perfect start to our New Year! So to vote for us one last time, click here and place your vote for The Queensberry Hotel or Olive Tree Restaurant in the categories above.



Voting closes January 14th 2015, so there’s plenty of time to get those final votes in!

Our own ‘Souper’ Chef at November’s Genesis Trust Fundraiser

It’s both humbling and gratifying to be part of charity campaigns such as the Genesis Trust’s ‘Souper November’, and what better opportunity for our very own Chris Cleghorn to share his magnificent food with the people who need it most.



The Genesis Trust is a charity whose mission is to work with people struggling with everyday life – largely as a result of homelessness, addiction, poverty or disability. They provide the practical support they need to get through the day, and the emotional support to look forward to tomorrow. They continue to do this with passion, skill and with an attitude of hospitality to all; values that we share with them here at The Olive Tree!

Excitingly, the ‘Souper November’ campaign will be fronted by 2014 MasterChef winner and Bath Girl Ping Coombes who will be cooking up a storm alongside selected chefs including Chris! Ping has been involved with the charity, proactively providing and serving her personal favourite, ‘ABC Chicken Soup’.


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We are thrilled to be part of such a worthy campaign, and we hope that Chris’ new diners enjoy his offerings! Find out more about Chris and try his recipe here. To take part in the campaign or for more information, click here – we hope you’ll soupport this fantastic fundraiser!

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