SUCCESS is on the menu for a Burton restaurant for the fifth year in a row, after it was revealed they would be included in the Good Food Guide yet again.
99 Station Street, in the town centre, has been entered into the fine dining bible – which lists the best places to eat around the UK – every year since it opened, and the award-winning eatery has made it once again.
It is the only restaurant in Burton to have made it into the guide, which owner Dan Pilkington said had brought them plenty of business in the past.
He told the Mail: “It’s great. There’s hardly anyone in the area that’s included in it and for us to be the only one in the town is great.
“You always hope you’ll get back in, but it’s not a done thing.
“I love the fact that it shows we’re doing something right.”
To qualify for an appearance in the Good Food Guide, restaurants first have to be recommended for inclusion by a customer, before they are reviewed anonymously. Sites are not told whether or not they have been successful until just before the guide is published.
Referring to 99 Station Street, this year’s guide said: “Top-class service, outstanding value and shrewd sourcing mark out this old town bistro as a genuine neighbourhood asset.”
When the letter dropped through the door telling Mr Pilkington the restaurant had been successful yet again – he thought it was junk mail.
“Waitrose are running it this year, and when I saw the envelope I just thought ‘what are they trying to sell me now’.
“When I opened it, I was, like, ‘come on,’” he said.
99 Station Street is no stranger to accolades, having been included in the Daily Telegraph’s top 150 restaurants, and achieving other awards.
This latest boost could bring more businesses, as many people have been in for a meal after seeing it in the Good Food Guide previously.
Mr Pilkington, who has been running the restaurant for two years, said he thought the restaurant’s secret to success lay in its approach to food.
“I think attention to detail is important as well. We try to be as consistent as we possibly can be, and to offer good food at a reasonable price. We’re not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for,” he added.