A CHEF who learnt the tricks of his trade at Scarborough’s Yorkshire Coast College has had his pub named as the best in the country.
Former Scarborough student James Mackenzie beat off competition from more than 530 pubs across the UK to have his eatery named as Pub of the Year.
Mr Mackenzie’s The Pipe and Glass Inn, in South Dalton near Beverley, won the title in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2012.
The award follows the pub being named as one of six Michelin-starred eateries in Yorkshire.
Rebecca Burr, editor of the guide, said: “This award is given to a pub which we feel offers something extra special. Here it is a combination of factors which include the warmth of the welcome, the friendliness of the staff, the character of the place and, of course, the food.
“The Pipe and Glass Inn is a wonderfully warm pub and nothing is ever too much trouble for the owners.”
The pub stands on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park and was taken over by Mr Mackenzie and his wife Kate in 2006.
Mr Mackenzie said: “Both Kate and I are over the moon to be awarded Michelin’s Pub of the Year. We have worked so hard to stick to our values of great food served with good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality; we want to be true ambassadors for the region.
“British pubs have suffered over the last few years and it’s important to us that we keep The Pipe & Glass the hub of the local community but also to attract visitors from outside the area.
“We can’t thank Michelin enough for recognising our efforts, it’s really topped off a great year for us family.”