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11th July 2019
The only Michelin-starred brothers in the world have been recognised for their talent and hard work by winning the Best Pub & Bar 2019 Catey Award. The accolade was awarded to Chris and Jeff Galvin’s pub located in the Essex countryside. One of the oldest pubs in Essex built in 1341, Chris and Jeff Galvin have already been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two AA Rosettes for this rural retreat.
The Catey Award for Best Pub & Bar 2019 is the brothers’ fourth Catey Award. They have previously won the Catey Award for Newcomer of the Year in 2006, the Award for Independent Restaurateurs of the Year in 2010 and Manager of the Year in 2013 – for their various other establishments.
This latest award is particularly prestigious for the brothers:
“Only 22 awards were given for the whole of Great Britain, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and we were one of these winners! We are super proud of all our team for this achievement.”
– Chris Galvin
Described as the hospitality industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, The Catey Awards sees recipients nominated, selected and awarded by their peers. The Cateys were first held in 1984 and have been a mark of recognition and prestige for chefs in the industry ever since.
Chris and Jeff Galvin have worked in the hospitality industry for their whole lives, working for world-renowned chefs and their establishments, including Anton Edelman, Terence Conran and Marco Pierre White. In 2005 the brothers came together to launch their family business and have gone on to open multiple new establishments together, winning Michelin stars along the way.
We’re proud that one of the restaurants this culinary duo are responsible for is Galvin at The Athenaeum. A restaurant championing home-grown produce in the UK, supporting an array of amazing British farmers, Galvin at The Athenaeum serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
Congratulations Chris and Jeff!
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