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Three AA Rosettes for The Terrace Restaurant

 27th Sep 2011

The Michelin Starred Terrace Restaurant has received its third AA Rosette

Michelin Star Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel BeaulieuWe are very pleased to announce that the Michelin Starred Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel has received its third AA Rosette.

Situated in Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, The Terrace at The Montagu Arms is one of the finest Michelin star restaurants in Hampshire and now boasts three AA Rosettes.

A third AA Rosette is awarded to “outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will consistently be excellent. These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list” ­ AA

Area General Manager James Hiley-Jones Said: “We are elated that the Terrace Restaurant has deservedly received a third AA rosette. It is testament to our core focus on providing exceptional dining experiences for our guests.”

The Terrace Restaurant’s Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson is equally delighted about the news. Matthew strongly believes in “buying well and cooking simply”. His menu is intricately prepared and designed to capture a delicious and exciting range of flavours, textures and aromas with the focus on seasonal ingredients sourced from carefully selected local suppliers and The Montagu Arm's very own Kitchen garden.

Matthew Tomkinson and the staff of The Montagu Arms Hotel believe that free-range organic produce is not just better, because of its purity and freedom from additives but because it tastes a lot better too! Matthew's philosophy is to create fresh, beautifully cooked simple foods. Featured on the menu are dishes such as:

Terrine of Marinated Free Range Chicken with Crispy ‘Bon Bon’, Toasted Caraway Bread and Chicken Liver Parfait

Assiette of Woodside Farm Lamb with Roasted Carrot Puree, Confit Potato Mille Feuille and Rosemary Oil

When asked what draws him to the kitchen, Matthew replied, that he loved the symbiotic nature of the kitchen, where each person is implemental and important to the 'whole'. He explains that there can be intense pressure in the kitchen and if at any point 'any cogs of the wheel' collapse under the pressure, the whole ship can sink. "It involves a lot of quick thinking and you have a lot piling down on your plate - (pardon the pun!)"

Matthew Tomkinson strives under pressure, winning the roux scholarship after competing with 6 other chefs in front of a panel comprising Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein, Brian Turner, David Nicholls, Tamasin Day-Lewis and of course the Roux family. He then went on to win a Michelin star, one year afterwards as Head Chef at the Goose in Oxfordshire.

Obtaining a third AA Rosette is a testament to Matthew's exemplary culinary skills and passion for gourmet cuisine.

For more information or to make a booking at The Terrace Restaurant, please call 01590 612324 or follow the links below.

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