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!

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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!

Calling all Wine Lovers!

Whether you’re a Bordeaux buff, or an Alsace aficionado, the wine lover in you is sure to be intrigued…

 

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Actually, not just wine lovers, but food lovers too will be approvingly interested in the forthcoming, fantastic ‘wine dinner’ at The Olive Tree restaurant on the 29th of October, starting with reception drinks at 7pm. This sought-after event will be hosted by top Barolo producer Matteo Ascheri, who will be specially flying over from Piedmont to showcase his magnificent wines that will be expertly paired to a mouth-watering menu by yours truly.

 

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Ascheri is a larger than life character, with expert knowledge and an extraordinary passion for the wine he produces. The wonderful food and wine, matched with his stories, will make for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening.

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The dinner will be held in our private dining room and therefore tickets are highly limited; we can, therefore, offer exclusivity as an added touch to the experience. And why not, who doesn’t like to be treated like a VIP?

Simply click here to secure your place for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening – Matteo and ourselves very much look forward to welcoming you!

Put the ‘special’ in your special occasion with our Tasting Menu!

Variety can provide quite the quandary – a positive one, but a quandary nevertheless. The Olive Tree’s collection of fine food and fresh, seasonal menus provide that very quandary – ‘what shall we choose?’

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Ideal for your special occasion is our Tasting Menu, providing the perfect opportunity to experience 5 courses of sophisticated cuisine to delight every palate.

The menu comprises of an exquisite assortment of dishes, from succulently mouth-watering lamb, to a palate-freshening raspberry and cream cheese. Why not enrich an already spectacular evening by opting for a special selection of 5 of our award-winning wines to accompany your food. The Olive Tree has just won the best wine list in England in the AA Hospitality Awards, so it really is a must-try; the best in the country no less!

 

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Specially designed by our Head Chef, Chris Cleghorn, this sophisticated menu is an illustration of his passion and skill. He honed his exceptional talents as the protégé of a trio of world-renowned Michelin Star chefs; Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds. At The Olive Tree, with his kitchen brigade, Chris creates menus that represent the very best of British using only the finest ingredients that reflect what’s bang in season. Don’t just take our word for it, though, we’ll let our ‘Taste of the West’ Gold award do the talking!

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For the cherry on a reassuringly perfect cake, finish your Olive Tree Tasting Menu experience by relaxing at The Queensberry Hotel’s Old Q Bar. A winning combination, we think.

We would love to provide the dining experience you deserve for your special occasion, so simply book your table soon by clicking here or by calling us on 01225 447928. Satisfaction, sorted.

Joss Makes Shortlist for Restaurant Manager of the Year!

We never like to toot our own horn, but our tireless hard work and attention to detail has gifted us with some impressive accolades recently, and with our restaurant manager Joss Roussanne joining us in February of last year, his contribution is hugely attributable. His diligent efforts have pushed the levels of service extensively and have led to him being shortlisted for ‘Restaurant Manager of the Year’ at the Boutique Hotelier Awards!

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Through Joss’ dedication and assiduousness, he has gathered a loyal local following of diners and an extremely strong and dependable team. His team have great respect for his leadership, passion and unwavering commitment to quality – aren’t we complimentary? Rightly so, however.

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The Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards are one of a kind, rewarding those employees going above and beyond. They have been introduced to recognise the hard work and passion witnessed from thousands of hospitality professionals on a daily basis. They seek out the employees who work tirelessly every day to give guests a service that is second to none.

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The winner of the category will be announced at the glittering ceremony on October 21st. We wish Joss the best of luck in his category and look forward to finding out the results – but the nomination is an accolade itself as recognition of his efforts!

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