PERCY’S Country Hotel and Restaurant based in Beaworthy, has been recognised with two prestigious awards at the recent ‘Free From Eating Out Awards’ in London Docklands.
Held at ExCeL London, Percy’s won a gold award for the restaurant category, and then were announced as overall runner-up out of 95 shortlisted entries spanning eight different categories.
‘Free From’ food — food free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soya, nuts and other allergens — has become seriously big business in the retail sector with an annual turnover already topping half a billion pounds.
In December 2014, new regulations came into force requiring all food industry outlets not only to have information about any of the 14 major allergens in their food, but also to be able to convey that information to their customers.
Pioneering chef, Tina Bricknell-Webb, has been catering for allergies and special diets since she started cooking in 1988.
Recently, Percy’s has further innovated with the idea of a single menu where the very best produce available and in season on the day is used to design the daily changing menu.
Commenting on their experience of Percy’s, the judges remarked: “It is clear from visiting Percy’s that the owners have a passion for serving food that everyone can enjoy. This is the first time I have enjoyed a full five course set menu since having to eat gf (gluten free) and df (dairy free). It is rare to find such fine dining that caters for people with allergies and coeliac disease.”
Following the awards, Tina said: “We have been catering for food allergies since opening our first restaurant in London almost 30 years ago now, so it is wonderful to receive this recognition.
“We aim to give every customer a dining experience to remember and cater individually for those with special requirements and allergies as we feel they too deserve an exceptional experience when eating out