Delight as The Blue Bell wins national recognition

Chef Wil Frankgate celebrates with Nathan Jones Kate Ringham Nick Frankgate and Bridgette Frankgate
Chef Wil Frankgate celebrates with Nathan Jones Kate Ringham Nick Frankgate and Bridgette Frankgate
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The owners of the Blue Bell in Glinton have bagged a spot in the MIchelin Guide, six months after arriving.

Nick and Brigette Frankgate took over the reins in March, bringing 40 years of experience in the hospitality trade with them.

Son and head chef Will has introduced dishes such as wild mushroom ravioli with toasted hazelnuts and parmesan veloute, steak burger with belly bacon and duck rillettes with pancetta.

The Blue Bell received the Michelin Fork and Tankard designation, one of only 577 pubs in the UK with this award (one per cent).

Nick said: “Guide editor Rebecca Burr was in the area in July, and came for a three course meal one lunchtime.

“She announced after-wards that she was from the guide and that it was possible we would get an entry this year, but there would be another inspection. We didn’t know when that would be.

“We were over the moon when we heard the news.”

The 18th century village pub in High Street was closed for 16 days after the family took over, for refurbishment to take place.

Nick added: “We are listed in the Good Food Guide and have positive reviews on Trip Advisor. We hope that people can see these reviews and it will boost our business by 15 to 20 per cent.”

The Wicked Witch in Ryhall, also made its way into the Michelin Guide for 
2014.

It received a two fork and spoon classification.