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.
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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