A LUXURY hotel aiming to restore its reputation as a top venue has been hailed as one of the best for the dishes it serves up at its tables.
Seaham Hall has made it into the top three per cent of restaurants across the country after its food was assessed for quality.
The judging was held as part of the Taste Durham Awards, which has seen cafes, restaurants and pubs vie for titles to reflect the work they put into making their meals and drinks high in quality.
Quality in Tourism hailed the Byron Restaurant at Seaham Hall as one of the best in the country, alongside Dowfold House in the Durham Dales.
A further 26 businesses in the county were awarded the top Highest Quality Assured status, the largest ever in the history of the awards, with 28 establishments awarded Local Produce Champion awards, showing their commitment to ourcing their produce from the area. They were presented with their titles at a ceremony held at Durham Town Hall.
Melanie Sensicle, Visit County Durham’s chief executive, said: “Food and drink is a significant sector of the visitor economy.
“It accounts for half of the annual spend of visitors and brings more than £200million into the county’s economy.
“We understand that consumers want independent and trusted information about where to eat, which is exactly what the Taste Durham mark can provide.
“The aim of the scheme is to showcase local eateries that provide a quality experience from cafés to fine dining restaurants across Durham.”
The awards ceremony, held as part of English Tourism Week, also marked the launch of the Durham Food and Drink guide.
This year for the first time the guide will include local producers and food events including local farmers’ markets.
For more information about Taste Durham establishments, visit: www.thisisdurham.co.uk.