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Ramsbottom restaurant lands national award for its Sunday roast
A RAMSBOTTOM pub owner was presented an edible trophy made by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The Eagle and Child, in Whalley Road, has been recognised as making the Best Sunday Lunch in the country by readers who voted in the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
The ceremony, held last night at The Freemasons Arms in Covent Garden, was co-hosted by food critic Jay Rayner and The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.
The Eagle and Child was transformed into a gastro pub two years ago, when owner Glen Duckett bought the place and reopened it.
He said: "We’re absolutely elated. It’s really great that we’ve won a national award and because it was voted for by the public, it’s obviously come from our customer base, which is the greatest recognition we can have."
A spokeswoman for the awards said: "As well as producing outstanding locally sourced foods, the Eagle and Child is also heralded as an example of the wider role a pub can play in society.
“Their ‘EAT Pennines’ scheme helps unemployed under 25 year olds into work and focuses in particular on those most disadvantaged, including young offenders and those with a disability.”
Since their creation in 2003, The Observer Food Monthly Awards have championed the best in British food and produce, from independent local producers to the UK’s most admired chefs.
Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly magazine and chair of the judging panel, said: “The amazing transformation in British food in this first decade of the awards shines through in this year’s winners."
The Eagle and Child won top prize in the 2013 National Pub Pie Champion competition earlier this year as part of British Pie Week.
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