The Little Chef Popham, which was turned around by chef Heston Blumenthal, has made it into the brand new edition of The Good Food Guide.
It was revealed today that the Little Chef Popham entered the The Good Food Guide 2010 after wowing inspectors with its standard of food.
Heston Blumenthal’s makeover of the ailing roadside diner in Popham, Hampshire, has been a huge success.
Good Food Guide inspectors have been so impressed by the cooking of dishes such as braised ox cheeks as well as Hereford steak and Abbot ale pie at the Popham eaterie, that they’ve awarded it a cooking score of two out of ten – a brilliant achievement.
The menu at the Popham Little Chef has retained the spirit (and prices) of its original repertoire but it has been tweaked and upgraded with much better quality produce.
The new Olympic breakfast includes free-range eggs, outdoor-bred British pork sausages, Wiltshire-cured back bacon and Ramsay of Carluke black pudding.
Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of The Good Food Guide, said: ‘The minute I walked in I knew it belonged in The Guide – it was so welcoming, vibrant and had a real buzz. I’m confident other diners will think so too.’
The Good Food Guide isn’t just about top-end dining – the UK’s best cafes, pubs and bistros also make the cut, but the Little Chef’s inclusion will still be a big surprise as roadside dining has such a dire reputation.
Heston Blumenthal said: ‘I’m overjoyed with this news. Inclusion in The Good Food Guide is a great barometer of success and it’s fantastic news for Little Chef Popham to be recognised by such an established British food guide.’
The Good Food Guide 2010 is published by Which? on 8 September 2009. The Good Food Guide is also launching an iPhone application.