A PUB in the centre of Henley has appeared in the Michelin Guide for the second year running.
The Three Tuns in Market Place is one of 16 pubs, restaurants and hotels in the Henley Standard’s circulation area to feature in the 2014 edition.
Landlords Mark and Sandra Duggan, who previously worked for Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s, took charge in 2011.
The Brakspear pub made its first appearance in the guide last year and Mr Duggan, 49, discovered it had been relisted when he bought the latest edition.
He said: “You don’t get any advance notice and you don’t know when they’ve inspected you, which means you’ve got to be at the top of your game all the time.
“Getting in the first time was a complete surprise because we weren’t aiming for it — it simply came off the back of all the hard work we put in. However, once you’re in, you do want to stay in. We were so very pleased when we found out.”
The Three Tuns sells gastropub-style food cooked by Mr Duggan, a classically trained chef, and his kitchen team.
He and his wife live above the pub with their three-year-old son Oscar and newborn daughter Erin.
The Quince Tree in Stonor, which opened at the former Stonor Arms pub last year, also appears for a second year. It wins Michelin’s Bib Gourmand award for offering value for money.
The pub offers traditional fare and has a delicatessen, 70-seat café and conference facilities.
Business co-ordinator Amy Yardley said: “We are really pleased as we have worked very hard. Although we serve traditional British dishes, our chef puts a contemporary twist on the food.”
Among Michelin newcomers is the Plowden Arms in Shiplake, which Ruth Peters and her fiancé Matthew Woodley took over a year ago.
In the past month, the pub has been shortlisted for a Best British Roast Dinner Award and two Oxfordshire restaurant of the year awards. It specialises in traditional English food. Mr Woodley is head chef.
Miss Peters, 30, said: “We’re a very small team and work very closely with each other so this feels like everybody’s success, not just Matthew’s and mine.”
Another newcomer is the Cherry Tree Inn in Stoke Row, which has been run by chef Jude Kelly, 29, and his partner Vicky Robertson, 31, since February on behalf of owner Douglas Green, who also owns the Little Angel in White Hill, Henley.
Mr Kelly, a self-taught chef, said: “We’re chuffed to bits to have been listed and hope we’ll also win a Bib Gourmand next year.”
Also listed for the first time is the Fat Fox Inn in Watlington, which John and Katy Riddell took over in April 2011. Last year, the pub and hotel won an AA rosette for culinary excellence.
Mr Riddell, 50, who has worked in hospitality for almost 30 years, said: “It is very positive for us to be recognised for the quality of our service, food and rooms.”
The Red Lion at Britwell Salome has also been listed for the first time and awarded a Bib Gourmand.
It was re-opened in April last year by Eilidh Ferguson and Andrew Hill, who used to run the White Lion at Crays Pond. Miss Ferguson said: “We’re delighted.”
The London Street Brasserie in Reading, which is owned by Henley Standard food columnist Paul Clerehugh, has been listed for the 12th year running.
Also returning are Luscombes at the Golden Ball in Lower Assendon, Orwells in Shiplake, the bistro at Hotel du Vin in New Street, Henley, and the Falaise House guest house in Market Place, Henley.
The Black Boys Inn and Olde Bell Inn in Hurley and the Five Horseshoes at Maidensgrove are also included.
The French Horn in Sonning, which has been listed for more than 40 years, retains its three forks and spoons rating.
Previous entrants Myalacarte in Caversham and The Leatherne Bottel in Goring are no longer listed.