Awards

Published: November 3, 2019 | Updated: November 3, 2019

Tasty success as restaurant wins a second Michelin award for three courses at £30

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Dorset restaurant has won its second consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

The Green Restaurant in Sherborne, which is housed in a Grade II listed building, again becomes the only restaurant in Dorset to be recognised with the award in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2020.

Head Chef Sasha Matkevich

The restaurant, privately owned and run by Head Chef Sasha Matkevich, was first awarded a Bib Gourmand last year by the Michelin inspectors.

This year there are only 132 Bib Gourmand restaurants in the UK recognised for serving good quality, good value cooking at £30 or under for three courses.

Sasha, originally from the North Caucasus, combines West Country ingredients with flavours and textures from his homeland to create the restaurant’s dishes.

Mr Matkevich said his team were passionate about giving diners a memorable, quality dining experience that was also great value for money.

He added: “In 2019 people are turning their backs on chain restaurants, so when they do eat out, they want a unique yet affordable dining experience.

“At The Green, we create adventurous dishes that combine ingredients and flavours diners might not have tried before, marrying influences from the Caucasus with the breadth of produce from across Dorset and the West Country.

“Being the only restaurant in Dorset to win a prestigious Bib Gourmand award again this year is a real achievement for the team at The Green and proves our dedication to giving diners a Michelin standard dining experience at a great price.”

The restaurant says its ethos is ‘Green by name and nature.’

One of the restaurant’s dishes: Dark chocolate clafoutis with Dorset sea buckthorn.

It uses sustainable, ethically sourced local seasonal ingredients but also focuses on reducing food waste, with Mr Matkevich being an enthusiastic pickler, preserver and forager.

The restaurant is open five days a week for lunch and dinner as well as Sunday lunch and serves a variety of menus including a Menu du Jour (three courses for £23), and a three course vegan menu for £27.

The Michelin Bib Gourmand is named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man.

The Bib Gourmand distinction highlights restaurants offering ‘good quality, good value cooking’ at £30 or under for three courses and is awarded by the Michelin inspectors.