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Hexham's Battlesteads hotel wins place in Great British Cookbook

Date: 16/11/2014

Exciting new chapter for the hotel and restaurant built from a former farmhouse in Wark as it features alongside the UK's best

A Hexham hotel is launching into an exciting new chapter as it takes a place amongst the UK’s best with its inclusion in The Great British Cookbook.

The award-winning Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant has been picked to feature in the soon-to-be-published e-book which it hopes will place it firmly on the national food map.

The Great British Cookbook is published in support of charity and promises a real treat for foodies whether they want to cook new recipes or learn of top places to eat.

It takes readers on a culinary journey around 10 regions, featuring recipes from some of the UK’s finest chefs en route - Rick Stein and Nigella Lawson among them - and 200 top pubs, guest houses, hotels, Michelin Star and AA Rosette restaurants.

Battlesteads, a stone-build former farmhouse in Wark on Tyne, near Hexham, has been signalled out for one of its signature dishes, braised beef cheeks, which has been included amongst the recipes.

The hotel is renowned for its food, hospitality and “green” credentials which have seen it recognised as a top sustainable tourism destination.

It’s already been included in the Good Hotel Guide, named among the best places for walkers in the country and even nominated for a national award for growing herbs under LEDs.

Its menu uses local produce, much of it grown on-site and its bar has organic, Fairtrade and biodynamic wines plus four cask ales including two from local micro-breweries.

The head chef there is Eddie Shilton who said the team is “delighted” at the inclusion.

He said: “At Battlesteads we pride ourselves on producing locally-sourced, sustainable and delicious dishes and it’s fantastic to be associated with a cookbook that promotes these ethics whilst also supporting two of the country’s leading charities.”

These are Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action, who assists those who have worked in the hospitality industry and are now in crisis, and the book’s aim is to raise more than £200,000 for them by Christmas, with £5 from each download of the £12 e-book making a difference.

Gary Allen, director of the Great British Cook Book project, said: “We’re hoping that the whole of the UK will help us reach our goal of 20,000 downloads and have created a Download and Donate Day on December 19 to drive awareness of our campaign.”

Besides celebrity chefs, The Great British Cookbook features recipes from inspiring cooks who are passionate about using local sustainable produce to create innovative dishes and it also focuses on seasonal produce, growers, suppliers, butchers, bakers and fishmongers.

It will be available to download from next Friday, November 21, at www.thegreatbritishcookbook.co.uk