The Curlew Restaurant at Bodiam, has been named the county’s Best Eating Experience in The Sussex Food and Drink Awards.
The Sussex foodie event of the year was hosted by awards patron Sally Gunnell and Danny Pike, of BBC Sussex, at the Amex stadium in Brighton last week
The Michelin starred Curlew was awarded the coveted prize in a category represented by some of Sussex’s best eateries. On winning the award Curlew owner Mark Colley said: “What makes this award so special is that a central part of The Curlew’s philosophy has always been the use of local, seasonal produce.
“Sussex is home to incredible producers who are, figuratively and literally, experts in their field.
“These producers work with, care for and nurture produce that compares to anywhere in the world.
“For anyone interested in food, Sussex is an incredibly exciting place to be at the moment.
“The award is made even more special to us because it was voted for purely by the public. It is therefore richly deserved recognition for The Curlew’s head chef, Michael Mealey, and its restaurant manager, Beata Winiarskaa, and their teams. It is a true testament to their passionate commitment and total dedication to delivering an exceptional dining experience”
The former 17th-Century coaching inn opened in 2009 after being lovingly and painstakingly restored by husband-and-wife team Mark and Sara Colley.
Their shared vision was to deliver a restaurant with a countrywide reputation to a community that is passionate and informed about good food.
Within six months The Curlew had caught the attention of national reviewers. Within 12 months it was on Michelin’s radar (later to earn a coveted Michelin Star in 2011), and within 16 months had been named ‘Best Eating Experience’ at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2011,
The Curlew continues to earn national accolades.