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Egham Boasts Michelin Star Restaurant

Looking for a casual meal at a Michelin star restaurant? Look no further than Egham.

This unassuming Surrey town is now home to the county’s only Michelin star restaurant as the Tudor Room at The Great Fosters hotel grabbed the coveted dining accolade.

Previously, Drake’s, in Ripley, and The Latymer, in Pennyhill Park, represented Surrey in the Michelin awards. However, they were stripped their previous accomplishment in the recent launch of the Michelin Guide, Great Britain and Ireland.

Instead, Douglas Balish’s restaurant, situated in a 16th century royal hunting lodge-turned-hotel, now boasts the elite seal of culinary prowess.

Described as “classic but with a modern twist”, the cuisine at The Tudor Room will set you back a modest £58 per person, with the menu including gluttonies such as Anjou pigeon, or scallops with truffle and hazelnut. Basing its menu on local ingredients where possible, the Tudor Room, opened in 2013, has also won three AA Rosettes – a rating confined to just an exclusive group of just 10% of eateries in the AA Restaurant Guide.

The restaurant is one of two at the luxurious Elizabethan hotel, the other being the Estate Grill.

Great Fosters had the following to say about the good news:
“Unashamedly modest, Dougie has worked in some of the best restaurants in the UK and as far afield as Australia, chasing experience and knowledge of food rather than money.”

“He loves a busy restaurant and is rewarded by delighted customers eating great food.”

It seems as if Runnymede Chicken’s monopoly over the area might be coming to an end…