AN ASHBOURNE restaurant has been picked out as one of the country’s top 100 establishments for championing British cheese.
The Dining Room in St John Street was given the accolade as part of the recent British Cheese Week, which aims to recognise the nation’s best cheese suppliers, producers and experts.
The restaurant has been judged as a runner-up twice before in the awards but owner Peter Dale says the entry into the top 100 highly recommended establishments is very gratifying.
He said: “We’ve been acknowledged before but being in the top 100 is brilliant.
“Being huge supporters of local produce, as we are, and keeping everything local to support the local farming industry, I believe there is no better way to do that than in your cheese offering.”
The Dining Room offers cheese in many of its menus and its offerings change with the seasons.
Over the summer its customers have been enjoying goat’s cheese among the flavours, whereas during the winter, blue cheeses will start to appear more often in the menu.
Its tasting menu offers a cheese course among the eight courses on offer and Mr Dale says that he can purchase all the cheese he needs for his menus from British companies.