Staffordshire’s waterside foodie haven, Aston Marina near Stone, has once again been recognised in the ‘Oscars’ of the foodie world.
The team is celebrating as dishes created by chefs from its renowned Bistro kitchen wowed the judges in the 2016 Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards; the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink.
Following rigorous taste testing by a panel of 450 judges drawn from the great and good of the food industry, the marina’s Bearnaise Burger gained a coveted 2 stars, labelling it ‘Outstanding’. Judges commented it was
“A good juicy burger with all the flavours of Bernaise coming through. Tarragon is there and a rich clean fat – there is the reduction, the egg and the herbs – all beautifully balanced.”
Meanwhile, the marina butchery’s ‘free range Staffordshire pork, honey and mustard sausage’ was awarded 1 star; branding it ‘simply delicious’ and winning praise from judges for flavour and balance of seasoning.
This is the latest in a string of successes Great Taste Awards for the marina – last year its Salmon, Prawn & Dill Fishcake and Chocolate Tiffin were each awarded a star, and in 2013 it won stars for its Steak & Ale Pie and Triple Chocolate Brownie. Director, Helen Webb, says:
“We are hugely proud to have been recognised once again in what are the most important awards for the luxury food market. We’re especially delighted that the Bernaise burger won two stars – it’s made us all the more determined to strive for a rare 3 star award next year, so watch this space!”
Both award-winners are available from Aston Marina’s butchery counter in the Farm Shop and Deli, while the Bernaise Burger is also one of the options on the menu under ‘Staffordshire Burger of the Day’ available on the lunch and dinner menus. Booking is strongly advised – call 01785 819702 or visit www.astonmarina.co.uk