Taste of the West Gold for the third consecutive year at the White House
We were once again delighted to discover that we have won a gold in both Restaurant and B&B categories in this years Taste of the West Awards
Our anonymous judge forwarded his (or her) comments to us, as shown below.
Category: Bed & Breakfast Award: Gold
EXTENT OF LOCAL SOURCING BY THE ESTABLISHMENT WITHIN THEIR BREAKFAST MENU AND COMMUNICATION TO GUESTS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT’S COMMITMENT TO LOCAL SOURCING:There is a strong commitment to local sourcing and the menus are specific in explaining this commitment.
QUALITY OF BREAKFAST: The breakfast was very well cooked, served promptly and on a warm plate. The bacon was delicious and I really enjoyed the goose egg scrambled egg. I loved the local and delicious apple juice served at breakfast.
QUALITY OF SERVICE: The hosts were impeccable – just delightful! Also the breakfast staff were equally genial and friendly.
CLEANLINESS & COMFORT: The room was immaculate – literally faultless.
ATMOSPHERE, AMBIENCE & VALUE FOR MONEY: Though the house is very plush and well decorated and furnished the feel to the White House is very homely and comfortable. The facilities are excellent and we particularly loved the real coffee and cafétière in the room!
SUMMARY COMMENTS: The White House is exceptionally comfortable and accommodating. I will recommend The White House with no reservations and would love to stay again.
Category: Restaurant Award: Gold
EXTENT AND COMMUNICATION OF LOCAL SOURCING: Local sourcing is clearly of the utmost importance and was specified on the menu and explained in impressive detail, without being preachy. Boards, menus and the staff all gave detailed information.
QUALITY OF THE MEAL: The scallops were delicious and fantastically well cooked. The main was superb with, again, faultless cooking of the duck. The outstanding Dorset apple cake was made into something truly special by the home made (and grown!) quince syrup.
QUALITY OF SERVICE: The service was faultless. Informative yet relaxed.
ATMOSPHERE, AMBIENCE & VALUE FOR MONEY: Though it was a quiet mid-week night the restaurant felt warm and cosy and it was a pleasure to linger and particularly to chat to the lovely hosts.
SUMMARY COMMENTS: The White House does everything you could reasonably expect of a restaurant and more. The food, the cooking and the service are all excellent.