A popular Somerset restaurant has been named among the top 100 in the UK.
Osip, in Bruton, has been included in the coveted list as part of the National Restaurant Awards.
The restaurant, which opened in October 2019, is chef Merlin Labron-Johnson’s first venture outside of London, and it aims to “celebrate the bounty of the countryside that surrounds the restaurant”, featuring produce Mr Labron-Johnson grows himself at his nearby vegetable garden.
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Osip came in at number 60 on the list, with the top spot going to Moor Hall in Aughton in Lancashire.
But how did Osip impress the judges at the National Restaurant Awards?
The award website explains: “Merlin Labron-Johnson has created close links with local suppliers to champion the very best of local, seasonal produce.
“As a result, no menu is presented to guests on arrival with dishes dictated by what the restaurant has been able to get its hands on that day.
“A meal will feature snacks and freshly baked bread with mains and a dessert and might include house charcuterie; egg ravioli with wild garlic; and brioche baked in herbs served with hedgerow butter.
“Drinks follow a similar theme, with wines sourced from small-scale, sustainably-minded winemakers, ciders from local farms and homemade soft drinks, juices and ferments made from wild and homegrown ingredients.”
Chef Merlin Labron-Johnson from Osip, Bruton
In January, Osip was also awarded a Michelin star by the 2021 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland.
It was praised by Michelin for its “beautiful designer interior and harmonious dishes with a strong, inimitable style”.