Dartmoor restaurant loses its Michelin star

The latest edition of the Michelin Guide has removed a Dartmoor restaurant from its rankings after the venue lost its celebrity chef.

The 2018 version of the world-famous guide does not include the Treby Arms at Sparkwell, which had held a Michelin star since 2015. Head chef Luke Fearon has now posted on social media about the loss.

He said: “Today [October 2nd] my team and I at The Treby Arms lost our placing within the Michelin guide as a ‘star’ restaurant.

“After the year we have had I doubt many other restaurants or teams would still be around to recant their tales of woe but we are. In fact we aren’t playing hard done by, upset or angry. We are happy(ish)!

“We are united in our approach to a fresh start. Providing the best offerings to our customers we can and creating a truly great pub restaurant, something Michelin is not the only advocate for.
I think our customers will make up their own mind and mine for one is set.

He added: “We will continue our little journey from a clean slate.”

Mr Fearon had a long and successful career before starting at the Treby Arms. After starting as a kitchen assistant at a country pub, he found himself taking charge aged 18 when the owner and chef passed away suddenly.

He won several awards during his five years at the pub, including as one of the Top 50 Sunday Roasts in the country, an accolade shared with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, before developing his skills further at L’Amuse Bouche, a boutique hotel in the Midlands.

A stint at the HH Restaurant near Exeter followed, before moving to the Horn of Plenty, near Tavistock, with head chef Scott Paton.

While they were in the kitchen together, the hotel and restaurant went from Three Michelin Stars to four and moved from Two Rosettes to Three. A stint at the five-star Boringdon Hall Hotel followed before heading to The Treby Arms in 2016.

Mr Fearon said: “In the restaurant, we don’t cook for the star, we cook for the customer, and luckily it’s at a standard that’s Michelin like.

“We know that as a result, people expect top quality when they come here and that’s something that we have to deliver.”

It is not yet clear why The Treby Arms lost its coveted star, though online reports posted by The Caterer and Big Hospitality suggest that the pub lost its star due to a ‘change of chef.’ Former head chef Anton Piotrowski left The Treby Arms earlier this year after six years with the business.

Mr Piotrowski has since moved to Liverpool where he is hoping to set up a new restaurant.

Ross Tibbles

Author: Ross Tibbles

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