Dodson, who spent 12 years as head chef of the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, was awarded the accolade this week for his village pub at which he serves modern British and French dishes using local produce, that impart ‘precise, balanced flavours that show a real understanding of ingredients’.
Derek Bulmer, editor of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide, said that as all the pubs featured offered great food, reports of the death of the British pub have been ‘grossly exaggerated’.
“Establishments that have adapted to the changing habits of their customers by offering good quality, value for money food are thriving,” he said. “In fact, I would go as far as to say that food could be the saviour of our pub industry – especially in rural areas”.
The 2010 guide features over 570 of the best pubs in the UK and Ireland serving good food, 83 of which are new additions.