Michelin Guide accolade for pair who transformed Shropshire pub into restaurant

A couple who transformed an historic Shropshire pub into a must-visit restaurant have been recognised by one of the most important food guides in the world.

Owners Mel and Martin Board
Owners Mel and Martin Board

Husband-and-wife owners Mel and Martin Board redeveloped The Haughmond, at Upton Magna, near Shrewsbury, turning a dilapidated pub and barns into a Michelin Guide experience.

The venue was formerly The Corbett Arms but has expanded quickly since opening its doors a year-and-a-half ago under its new ownership.

In addition to the Brasserie serving traditional British cuisine, The Haughmond business now includes five en-suite bed and breakfast rooms, The Village Store and Café, The Barn, and Basils Restaurant.

Mrs Board said: “We always saw it as a multi-faceted business serving and employing the local community. But it’s gone from strength to strength in such a relatively short space of time, we never imagined we would achieve our five-year plan within 18 months.”

The newest area of the business, Basils Restaurant, opened on September 18, where guests were treated to samples from the five-course taster menu with complimentary wine matched by Tanners of Shrewsbury.

The award-winning restaurant had moved from its original home in Wrockwardine Village and operates from a renovated barn in the grounds of The Haughmond, with views towards The Wrekin.

The stunning location is also the home of the new function room where bookings for private parties, corporate events and weddings and Christmas are being taken.

The Haughmond has already earned an AA Rosette for its food while its guest rooms achieving a 4* gold award.

Mrs Board added: “The Haughmond is all about community too, with 18 of its staff being from Upton Magna village itself, creating a real sense of family.

“Support from the local community has been over whelming. We want to thank all our staff and customers for sharing our vision.”

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Comments for: "Michelin Guide accolade for pair who transformed Shropshire pub into restaurant"

jonboy

Typical shoddy Star reporting. Which Michelin guide accolade has it won? Why write the article if you're not even going to tell us? Just saying it's a 'Michelin guide experience' tells us nothing.

Love the Haughmond by the way.

Ben Sirach

"The Haughmond has already earned an AA Rosette for its food while its guest rooms achieving a 4* gold award."

"Already" meaning "So soon after beginning".

Congratulations to the Haughmond.

Ravens

No Jonboy is right.

The AA Rosette is completely different to the Michelin Guide.

Its a poor article.

I assume that it has just got a mention in the guide. Not actually a star.

Towbar

"Just saying it's a 'Michelin guide experience' tells us nothing"

Yes it does. The Michelin Guide is compiled by the pretentious for anyone gullible enough to think that the only restaurants worth visiting are those which, at a cost equating to a weeks mortgage, will serve meals composed of a mixture of unidentifiable ingredients which appear to have been predigested several times previously.

Ravens

What?!

Read a book. That's not true at all.

The Michelin guide reviews thousands of restaurants in each city. Merely a handful receive stars.

It has awards specifically for restaurants that provide good value.

There are Michelin starred restaurants in Shropshire that will serve you a burger for cheaper than the Armoury!

And the ingredients are considerably fresher!

Towbar

You are correct !!! There ARE Michelin starred restaurants in Shropshire that will serve you a burger for cheaper than the Armoury!

An no weight given,21 day aged beef burger, brioche bun, Wrekin blue cheese, pancetta & handcut chips would cost me £11.00 at Michelin starred Haughmond. Good value?? NOT.

At the Armoury, £12.45 will buy me an 8oz steak burger topped with grilled bacon and Cheddar, served with coleslaw and chips. Good value?? NOT.

The price of an 8oz rump steak cooked to my liking with chips, onions, peas and tomatoes ( or a side salad) at my local pub is £ 6.00 !!!!! .That is value.

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