Reviews & Awards
Chapters Hotel has recently been reviewed in a feature within the prestigious Yorkshire Life Magazine.
Find an excerpt of the review below or read the full review by viewing the Yorkshire Life Review PDF.
“Chapters Hotel and Restaurant, nestling in the North Yorkshire market town of Stokesley, is a handsome 250-year old coaching inn which mixes contemporary interior design with traditional elegance. The service is top notch: The team are friendly and welcoming and know regulars by name. That genial hospitality gold standard will ensure guests return time and time again.” – Tony Greenway, Yorkshire Life.
Chapters Hotel & Restaurant won the highly acclaimed Flavours of Hambleton Restaurant of the year award for the fourth year running as well as picking up the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Steven Bell, Owner of Chapters Hotel and Restaurant would like to thank both the team and our customers for the success. “When we won last year we thought it would be hard for the Judges not to find another restaurant to win the award. So to win it for a fourth year in a row was WOW! We work consistently hard at delivering great food and Customer service. Everyone plays their part in the team to ensure we meet these expectations. The Front of House, the Hotel, Reception, Our creative Kitchen brigade and not forgetting the Chambermaid – the team that the customer rarely sees.
They came away extremely proud and full of passion.
“I would like to say thank you to Flavours of Hambleton for holding the awards the sponsor Darlington Stockton Times and Grand Central and the Judges for the task of visiting so many places. Entering wards make you look at your business, what you do well and what you can improve in your business. That’s why we enter not for the Trophy but as a way of self-assessment. Without the sponsors it would not be possible.”
A sixth year that would be tough maybe we should sponsor the award
Here’s what the Judges had to say…
“Since 2008 the Chapters team has been making constant improvements to the quality of food and service – the head chef has brought their own distinctive style of cooking to this market town favourite. They are passionate about food, all of which is freshly made to order with the menus changing with the seasons. Everything is sourced locally wherever possible – the use of local companies is important to Chapters. And everything is cooked to exacting standards – and with a real flair for presentation in beautifully stylish surroundings.”
Outstanding Achievement Award
“Now this one is a little bit special – the judges were unanimous in their decision that is should go to a business that has made a massive contribution to the world of food and drink in Hambleton and is one that should be looked up to by others. The winner has become a regular fixture at this event – and it is… Chapters of Stokesley.”
“Sited in Stokesleys market place, the listed hotel goes back some 250 years and its character and charm has been blended into a modern contemporary feel. The restaurant and brasserie has won countless awards with a team who are devoted to giving guests first class service from the moment they walk through the door. As you heard before the chef sources only the finest ingredients for their ever changing menu – with as many as possible found locally to boost local businesses as well as reducing the carbon footprint. Its aim to promote the local area is followed through with the website and three podcasts. When Steven Bell took over the hotel it had three employees – now there are 30 and 75% of them are local to Stokesley! The hotel sponsors local events and supports local charities – it is truly a business Hambleton is proud to have within its boundaries.”
For the third consecutive year, Chapters Hotel & Restaurant have won the Restaurant of the Year award at the Flavours of Hambleton Awards, which were held at Thirsk Racecourse on Thursday 19th November.
Chapters would like to thank everyone who voted them into the finals!!
Chapters Hotel and Restaurant in Stokesley celebrated last year after scooping a hat-trick of prestigious awards.
Chapters, which is owned by local businessman Steven Bell, was named Restaurant of the Year at the Flavours of Hambleton Awards for 2008.
Now the time for judging has come around, and Chapters were informed that they have been shortlisted for 2009 Restaurant of The Year.
In 2008, the establishment also received runners-up accolades in the Restaurant of the Year (Special Occasion) category at the Yorkshire Moors and Coast tourism Awards and the Yorkshire Life Food & Wine Awards.
Steven Bell, Owner quoted, “it’s always good to receive an award, but to win the same accolade for two years running just shows great consistency throughout the business”.
The Food at Chapters is locally sourced, and passionately prepared by a well organised team. In order to have the freshest ingredients, the menu changes according to season. The current menus include Pan Roasted Scallops, Sweet Corn Purée, Cauliflower Tempura, Pickled Walnut Dressing for starters, Herb Crusted Rack of English Lamb, Caramelised Red Onion, Baby Roast Vegetables, Thyme Infused Fondant Potato for mains and desserts include delights such as Coffee & Doughnuts ~ Peanut Butter, Jelly Doughnuts, Frozen Espresso Souffle.
To compliment the food Chapters Hotel boasts an exceptional wine list, with over 100 different types, many of which are competitively priced between £10 & £25. The list is extensive and includes a 1985 and 95 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. 16 wines from the list can also be bought by the glass.
The food and wine is brought together by exceptional service from a young front of house team.
The team takes great pride in training such a young team and believes that after 4 years it is nice to finally receive some recognition. The success this year follows on from winning 3 awards last year and is a testament to the consistent high quality of food served at Chapters. To receive these awards is a tribute to the hard work of all the team at Chapters.