Chadwicks Inn in Maltby, near Middlesbrough, have been awarded a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand for a sixth consecutive year in recognition of its value-for-money good food.
The only restaurant in the Tees region to be given the honour, Chadwicks received the accolade at a time when all restaurants have been forced to close during government restrictions but the eatery has continued to serve up popular takeaway meals.
The Bib Gormand is awarded to establishments offering a good quality menu for a modest price with one of Michelin’s expert restaurant inspectors praising them for their “well-prepared dishes, a wide-ranging wine list and smartly attired staff”.
The inspector added: “Pub classics sit alongside more modern creations; all are colourful and eye-catching and show a clear understanding of flavours.”
Co-owner Helen Gill said: “We’re thrilled to be given this honour for the sixth year in a row.
“Chadwicks has been in the Michelin Guide for ten years so we are obviously on their radar but it’s still an absolute honour, especially given the extremely difficult year the industry has had.
“For the team, it’s an appreciation of all their hard work, and it’s given us the lift we so desperately need.”
Helen suspects the Michelin inspector made an anonymous visit to review Chadwicks Inn when the restaurant opened briefly while in tier three in November and was able to open briefly before the latest lockdown.
“The visits are done anonymously, so I couldn’t say for certain,” she laughed.
“But having been in the business for so long, you get a gut feeling from the food chosen and the questions asked.”
Whilst itching to get back to full opening, Chadwicks has kept its team and kitchen ticking over with a take-away service – Chadwicks At Home – so their award-winning food can still be enjoyed by its many patrons on weekends.
“We create a three-course meal with a bottle of wine that can be ordered and picked up on a Friday or Saturday, as well as our Sunday Lunches,” explained Helen.
“We provide instructions but basically it’s just a matter of heating the food through.”
The three-course offer is priced £55 per couple including a bottle of wine, with Sunday Lunches priced £18.50 two-course or £22 three-course, and the takeaway service has proved a huge hit, with orders easily placed via the website or social media pages (see links below).
You can even join a mailing list to be the first to hear about special deals such as the Valentine’s package that can now be pre-ordered.
“We are so very grateful to everyone who has supported us with this venture,” added Helen.
“While we can’t wait to open properly and see everyone in person, buying from us in this way has kept us going. We’re incredibly thankful for the support.”
Other Tees restaurants listed in the Mchelin guide include Muse in Yarm, Judges Country House in Kirklevington, The Bay Horse and the Orangery in Hurworth, plus the Coach House at Middleton Tyas and Raby Hunt in Summerhouse.