TV chef celebrates pubs’ Good Food Guide listings

PUBLISHED: 13:05 19 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 21 September 2010

The Blue Anchor pub, St Albans. Pub is in this years Good Food Guide.  Left to right chef Mark Thurlow, chef patron Paul Bloxham and manager Alex Ashby.

The Blue Anchor pub, St Albans. Pub is in this years Good Food Guide. Left to right chef Mark Thurlow, chef patron Paul Bloxham and manager Alex Ashby.

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A TV chef from Welwyn is celebrating not one, but two listings in this year’s Good Food Guide.

Good Food Guide

* The Good Food Guide was first compiled by Raymond Postgate in 1951.

* It is Britain’s bestselling restaurant guide.

* The guide is written and compiled from scratch each year from both anonymous inspections and readers’ feedback.

Paul Bloxham’s two gastropubs – The Tilbury at Datchworth and The Blue Anchor in St Albans – have made the guide, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The Tilbury has retained its listing from the past few years and, with a score of four out of 10, it is the highest-rated pub in the county.

Meanwhile, The Blue Anchor makes the guide for the first time – as well as the Eating Out in Pubs Michelin Guide – and follows Paul’s appointment as head chef in May this year.

Having launched a new menu soon after his arrival, Paul said he was over the moon with a score of two out of 10.

He said: “That’s a really impressive score when it comes to The Good Food Guide.

“They’ve picked up on exactly what I wanted out of The Blue Anchor and hopefully this bit of good news will get more bums on seats here.”

Paul, who lives in Welwyn, added: “One of the great things about our menu is that there’s something for everyone, including children.

“We have a constantly evolving menu and it really is not to be missed.”


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