Pub wins Michelin award

The Hundred of Ashendon - recently won a Michelin Guide award - pictured are landlord Matthew Gill and fiance Pia Knight -with their children Elvis (3 months) and Bailey (22months) and staff Emma Wright - front of house manager and Isabella Keeping
The Hundred of Ashendon - recently won a Michelin Guide award - pictured are landlord Matthew Gill and fiance Pia Knight -with their children Elvis (3 months) and Bailey (22months) and staff Emma Wright - front of house manager and Isabella Keeping

A village pub has won an award recognising the value-for-money its meals offer.

The Hundred at Ashendon has been awarded a MichelinBib Gourmand award, which caps a whirlwind couple of years for landlord Matthew Gill and his fiance Pia Knight.

Mr Gill said: “When the Michelin Guide came out we found we had not only been included but also been recognised with an award which was brilliant.

“It has been open as The Hundred for just over two years after we bought the place in May 2013.

“The first thing we did was give it a makeover because it had not been touched for years.”

The Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand highlights restaurants that offer ‘exceptional good food at moderate prices.’

The pub was one of 25 from around the UK to be given the award. which has been handed out annually since 1955.

Mr Gill and Miss Knight, both aged 35 have two children Bailey, 22 months and Elvis, three months.

Mr Gill added: “We are both from the area and went to school together.

“We then met in London many years later and moved back here before getting the opportunity to take over here.

“It is a real family effort and we still have a long way to go.

“The weekends are very busy but we still need to get more widely recognised.

“I think there is no substitute for value-for-money and all our food is made in-house.

“It is all very simple and we like to think of it as honest British cooking.”

The pub also has a restaurant and bed-and-breakfast facilities.

Mr Gill said: “The last couple of years have been crazy.

“I can’t explain how busy it has been but still a lot of people don’t know we’re here and we want to change that.”

The most recent menu posted on the pub’s website offers starters ranging from £5.60 (squash and bacon soup) to £8 (brown shrimp, celeraic and capers).

Main courses range from £12.80 (partridge and ham hock pie) to £16.50 (roast hereford rump).

Meanwhile, puddings range from £3 (honeycomb ice-cream) to £6.50 (hot chocolate pudding).

More details at www.thehundred.co.uk.