Owners of three of the Tees region’s most well loved restaurants have completed a culinary hat-trick with all three eateries’ rated among the very best by Tees Business readers in our exclusive poll.
Restaurateur Jonathan Hall puts the triple success for The Bay Horse in Hurworth and Yarm’s Muse (above) and Cena down to an exceptional staff team with a commitment to outstanding customer service and hiqh quality food.
He says: “The restaurant group has evolved organically with no set strategy. All three restaurants have the same high standards of service and food quality – but the food and beverage offer varies as well as the style of décor.
“We have a hard working team of 80 staff across the group including a number of very loyal, highly experienced members of staff who make things tick on a daily basis.”
Marcus and business partner Jonathan Hall opened the Bay Horse in 2008 (below).
Set in a wonderful 15th century coaching inn, the venue has retained its traditional charm while embracing modern architecture within two elegant dining areas, together with two private first floor dining rooms, for 14 and 10 guests respectively.
The warm country pub atmosphere provides fine dining in a relaxed ambience, with a recently refurbished orangery restaurant overlooking a Listed walled garden, while inside there’s a stone flag floor, open fire and “Mouseman” Robert Thompson handmade oak furniture.
Then, four years ago, came Muse, a bustly high street brasserie at the heart of Yarm – a breakfast, lunch and dinner venue that’s open from 9am each day, overseen by Marcus and Jonathan’s operational partner Adrian Rummel.
More recently, headed up by a second operational partner, Peter Huggins, came the relaxed, traditional Italian trattoria Cena (below), which is already a regular fixture for local foodies. Cena provides customers with a chance to enjoy hand-made pastas, stone-baked pizzas in a Woodstone oven and rustic dishes using tried and tested recipes.