SbN Executive Head Chef nominated for prestigious national award…

Alan Paton, Executive Head Chef at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, has been nominated and shortlisted for The People’s Choice Award at The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards. These awards recognise and reward leading talent in the hospitality industry and The People’s Choice Award category recognises unsung achievements by an individual who does outstanding work to promote and support the work of chefs and further the Guild’s mission and goals.  The awards will take place at the Westminster Park Plaza on Thursday 1st June.  Other nominees include Chefs from The Grove, Hertford and Sodexo.

Alan is already a multi award-winning chef, as shown by the numerous plaques displayed outside the hotel restaurant, and he is one of only twelve on the committee of The Master Chefs of Great Britain which seeks to promote all that is best about British cuisine and produce available in this country to both the chef and the consumer.  The MCGB also supports the campaign for healthy eating by encouraging the use of fresh, quality produce in kitchens around the country. Its members are particularly interested in sourcing local ingredients and in supporting small producers. 

Alan demonstrates all these practices in his renowned, innovative menus in the 2 AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant at the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, where he has been Executive Head Chef for over seven years. Alan favours a lot of slow cooking methods, particularly for meats which are praised for their succulence. There are always inspired combinations of flavours throughout the range of courses. For example the freshly baked breads served every night at dinner combine such items as black olive and walnut, bacon and smoked chilli. Blue cheese and white chocolate ice cream is another favourite!

Alan’s team’s skills are constantly in evidence as they create imaginative menus for the Restaurant, Hotel Lounge, Clubhouse, Peake Spa Bistro and banqueting at Stoke by Nayland.  Amongst other local ingredients used are the delicious fresh asparagus, berries and apples grown in the family’s own orchards which surround the hotel.  This fresh produce is also available in season from the hotel’s Pippin Shop – open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm.

The hotel’s fabulous 2 AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant is open every day to all visitors as well as guests staying in the hotel and country lodges. Here you can enjoy a la carte modern British cuisine at its best – either in the stylish contemporary surroundings of the restaurant, or al fresco under heated umbrellas on its lovely south terrace overlooking the floodlit lake and stunning Constable Country. The restaurant quite simply has one of the best views in the county.

Traditional Afternoon Cream Teas with all the trimmings are also a speciality and can be enjoyed either on the terrace or by the roaring apple wood fire in the Hotel Lounge in cooler months.  The welcoming Hotel Lounge Bar also offers a mouth-watering Brasserie style menu for lunch and dinner.