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Hambleton Hall and Six Bells in Witham-on-the-Hill listed in Michelin Guide 2023

A countryside hotel has earned recognition from the Michelin Guide for the 41st consecutive year.

The prestigious Michelin stars were unveiled at an annual ceremony yesterday (Monday, March 27) held at Silverstone Circuit.

No stranger to the Michelin Guide, Hambleton Hall was among the businesses to receive a star.

Owner, Tim Hart, and head chef, Aaron Patterson
Owner, Tim Hart, and head chef, Aaron Patterson

Tim Hart, owner, said: "Thank you Michelin for supporting us again for the 41st year and thank you to the team for excellent consistency."

Praising Hambleton Hall, the Michelin Guide highlights the 'dependability' of the cooking' by chef Aaron Patterson, who has worked in the kitchen since 1992.

"We together as a team strive for perfection every day," said Aaron. "I am so proud of everyone at Hambleton."

Owner Tim Hart takes the bread out of the oven
Owner Tim Hart takes the bread out of the oven

It was noted that the fresh bread comes from Hambleton's own artisan bakery and the 400-bin wine list was described as 'a real labour of love'.

The judges added: "When it comes to the great country house hotels of England, this was certainly one of the first.

"When it opened in 1980 it was considered ground-breaking, and a feeling of luxury still pervades today.

"The traditionally styled interior with its antique furnishings, rich fabrics and antique oil portraits is a thing of beauty and its tranquil setting on the shore of Rutland Water is nothing short of idyllic."

Hambleton Hall
Hambleton Hall

The Six Bells in Witham-on-the-Hill was one of 20 restaurants to receive the Bib Gourmand award, which was announced last week.

The Olive Branch in Clipsham and Hitchen's Barn in Oakham are also recognised by the Michelin Guide.

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