Unique award for seafront restaurant

A POPULAR seafront eatery has been awarded the highest possible accreditation by the Weston Hoteliers and Restaurants Association (WHRA).

A POPULAR seafront eatery has been awarded the highest possible accreditation by the Weston Hoteliers and Restaurants Association (WHRA).

The Old Thatched Cottage, in Knightstone Road, has received a Gold Commended award and is the only restaurant in the town which can boast the accolade.

Owner Maria Michael said: "I'm so happy that we have achieved this prestigious award.

"The restaurant has been in the ownership of the same family for nearly 50 years and it shows that we are doing a good job."


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Famous in Weston for its range of fish and Greek dishes, with Scottish scallops served with black pudding, apples and cider reduction also a popular choice, The Thatch as it is fondly known, is becoming recognised for it cuisine outside the area too.

Head chef Natasha Sweeting said: "We are really pleased to be recognised like this and to receive the very top award.

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"I've been at the restaurant for 12 years and I'm proud to be a part of its success.

"We focus on the best home-made dishes and I have a great team helping me."

WHRA Inspector David Reed said: "The quality of their service and standards has shown improvement year on year and is first class.

"The d�cor has been improved, the quality of furnishings, the cleanliness, and the staff all work to a very high standard."

The Old Thatched Cottage raised more than �4,000 for Weston Hospicecare last year and will continue its charity work with an event in January.

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