Evening Post Artical
"Award Nominations for Langar Hall Pour in"
Last year's overall winner Langar Hall, a fine dining restaurant out in the countryside is once again proving a firm favourite.
Nominations have poured in – including one from 10,500 miles away in Australia – in the Out of Town, Fine Dining and Outstanding Service categories.
Patricia Churm, who lives in Sydney with her husband Cecil, says they always fit in a visit to Langar Hall during their holidays to the UK.
Describing it as unique, she says dining is always a pleasure.
"During our last stay my husband was not well for a few days and we were made to feel absolutely at home and treated with such care it made us feel we felt like we were one of the family."
Mrs Churm isn't alone in commenting on the homely atmosphere.
Another nominee compares it to "retreating to the home of a wealthy relative" while Joanna Burgess says: "You leave Langar feeling like you've been to a dinner party at a friends, or – if Imogen is around – at your much loved aunt's house for supper, she is a wonderfully eccentric English true lady whose presence lights up the room."
Many nominations compliment owner Imogen Skirving and her personable staff.
One nominee says: "Service is wonderful and after 26 years of knowing Langar Hall it has maintained its essence of a truly lovely meal in a fabulous setting and with individuals, not corporate machines, who serve the food and wine."
When it comes to fine dining Langar Hall is up against World Service, Hart's and MemSaab in the city centre, La Rock in Sandiacre and recently re-opened Merchants in the Lace Market Hotel. Chef Sat Bains has again opted out of the competition, because two Michelin stars put the restaurant in a league of its own.