The official ceremony, at which a special commemorative plate was handed over by Mr Ford, saw Viorica and Louis Naudi joined by top chefs Felix Prem and Francis Gomes. The staff and management were clearly delighted by the honour bestowed upon the Hotel which they rightly see as the culmination of much hard work over the last years.
Felix and Francis are two young chefs whose aim is to create some of the best dining experiences in the area. Their winning recipe is to use the finest of locally sourced Welsh food ingredients combined with their multi AA rosette level skills and international experience. Felix, formerly Head Chef at Pengathley Manor Country House, is the appointed Head Chef and Francis his Deputy.
Following an anonymous overnight visit in June 2009 Mr Ford had this to say:
"The food was the highlight of my stay. Simple combinations with first class Welsh ingredients combined to produce food worthy of the award of a Rosette. The newly refurbished dining room was a real pleasure to dine in. Over the last year, the new menu has really moved forward reflecting the seasons and the combinations of ingredients produced what I would call a wow factor!"
In the refurbished dining room the carpets have been removed and the antique floor stripped back, stained and repolished to show off its original rich finish. New curtains and lights have been selected to complement the look and light high-back dining chairs have been added giving a contemporary twist to complete the elegant and stylish appearance.
Says host Louis Naudi:
"The award of a Rosette has been my heartfelt ambition since July 2007.
"When Felix took over catering at the Royal Sportsman, his brief was to transform all of our menus and achieve a Rosette. Even before the Inspector’s visit I had no doubt that our cooking had attained this level. We are immensely proud of Felix's leadership and of the rest of the staff who have given the hotel its highest overall quality rating on record. Our next step is to consolidate. and Andrew is keen to work with us to identify how we achieve a further rosette in 2010.
"I believe we now need to recruit two additional staff for this to happen: a fourth chef and another person to serve in the restaurant. We are determined to find the right people to complement our winning team."
The focus of the Hotel remains the same: to provide well-cooked but uncomplicated food using the best of local Welsh produce, with a modern British and European flavour, to suit all tastes.
For further details contact:
Louis Naudi, Royal Sportsman Hotel, 131 High Street, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL49 9HB.
Tel: 01766 512015