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Young Ludlow Winners put Shropshire back on the Gourmet Map

Today it was announced that two of the region’s top restaurateurs achieved one of the industry’s highest accolades by winning an ‘Acorn’ Award each – regarded as the ‘Top 30 under 30′s in the UK’ as recognised by catering industry leaders.

The awards which are in their 23 year in the past have spotted Marco Pierre White, Gary Rhodes, Marcus Wareing, Michael Caines, and countless other leading hospitality figures as industry stars of the future, highlighted Laura Penman owner of Fishmore Hall, and Michelin Award winning Will Holland of La Becasse, both located in Ludlow, as winners of this years prestigious award.

When hearing of his award at the sponsors Von Essen Country House Hotel of Washbourne Court, in the Cotswolds, Will Holland commented “This award really is a privilege. Since I was young I have always been aware of ‘The Acorns’ as recognising young talent in the industry, and admired the winners, but I never thought that I would be one of them.- It is a real privilege to be amongst them’. Will who is one only 5 chefs in the UK who are under 30 and hold a prestigious Michelin Star, is credited as being one of the Uk’s rising stars.

Laura Penman, who bought and renovated Fishmore Hall, also in Ludlow, opening just 18 months ago, was recognised for her achievements in transforming the once derelict school into one of the UK’s top boutique hotels added “The past 2 and a half years since we bought Fishmore Hall have been a real challenge, but the recognition we have enjoyed from our guests and diners has really made it worth our while. The Acorn award is the icing on the cake.”

La Becasse has recently been credited as offering ‘The best value lunch in the UK’ by food writer Simon Majumdar of top UK food blog site http://www.doshermanos.co.uk, following his visit to the region during May, hosted by regional foodie James Day of regional dining club Gourmet Life who commented “These awards highlight the new era that is dawning in Ludlow, of next generation restaurateurs who are focused on offering the finest hospitality in what is fast becoming the leisure and food region of the UK for this years ‘stay-cationers’ – those who are no longer prepared to waste their hard earned money flying abroad, but prefer to appreciate what our own country has to offer, both in quality, and value. This award highlights that this region, particularly Shropshire, has its fair share of talent.’

Notes to Editor: The Acorn awards are voted by industry leaders including sponsors Von Essen Hotels owners of The Elms Hotel, Worcestershire, Caterer hospitality Magazine amongst others. For more information and a list of this years 30 winners visit Here or call James day on 07968 401 364.

Contacts: Call James Day of for details 07968 401 364 www.gourmet-life.co.uk
Fishmore Hall: 01584 875 148 www.fishmorehall.co.uk
La Becasse: 01584 872325 www.labecasse.co.uk

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