Waiting Room Top Restaurant
By Robert Nichols
Monday 17 Nov 2008 12:03:00
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I am not a vegetarian, in I could hardly be further from it but I went for a meal to The Waiting Room Restaurant in Eaglescliffe on Friday night and it was absolutely gorgeous. So gorgeous I didn’t even notice that there was no lamb in the lasagne. But seriously it was really top nosh and the atmosphere was excellent, more formal in the front by the bow window and chilled in the back with the music and the funky lights. But it’s not just me that has been impressed by the Eaglescliffe eatery of late, the pats on the back and awards have been flying in from all directions and putting the Waiting Room up there with the very best in the country.

 

 

The Waiting Room has won the highly prestigious Best Independent Restaurant In The United Kingdom Award for 2008 from The Vegetarian Society.

The award was decided by mystery diner judges who visited after the restaurant was nomin
ated to a shortlist by customers voting for their favourite places to eat.

The judges were won over by the restaurant's honest rustic dishes with big n
atural flavours, and the restaurant's confident homely style.

The Waiting Room was chosen as a joint winner for this year's award ahead of scores of other high profile and contemporary restaurants particularly in the South of England.

Caroline Chisholm, Head of Communic
ations at the Vegetarian Society said, "Traditionally, the North is often seen as offering poor choice for vegetarians, so we're delighted to see that it now boasts two of the best veggie restaurants in the UK. Congratulations to both the Waiting Room and Dandelion & Burdock (in West Yorkshire) for helping to break the mould."

The Waiting Room has enjoyed some remarkable recognition this year with The Observer Newspaper including the restaurant in it's top 40 of all UK Restaurants, as well as the BBC declaring, Eaglescliffe's modest hideaway eating place "a wonderful restaurant serving great food".

Owner Luke Harding said "Inclusion in the Observer's top 40 of all restaurants (not just vegetarian) this year was particularly special as we do see our selves as having a good little restaurant first and foremost - cre
ating dishes, which everybody will enjoy. The fact that The Vegetarian Society has now bestowed their highest acclaim upon us for our very honest approach to creating vegetarian dishes, having considered all of the alternatives throughout Britain is a fantastic endorsement, and just recognition especially for our brilliant cooks – head chef Mark Ruddick, Anna Rouse and Carol Devey.

The judges who secretly visited
The Waiting Room could not have been more full of praise for the treasured restaurant. Here are some of their comments:

 "The present
ation of the meal was excellent, beautiful colours and just the right amount of garnish."

"The highlight of the meal was the Feta Curry…it was unbelievably delicious."

"The sharpness of the marmalade cheesecake was gorgeous…really unusual."

"The
atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming."

"My husband thought everything about the meal was perfect (high praise from an omnivore!)"

"The meal was delicious, the restaurant was interesting and fun, the pace was leisurely an
d good value for money – a lovely evening out."


It is certainly a triumph for the Tees Valley, which is often perceived as lacking a diverse, high quality cultural offering, th
at it can boast the best vegetarian restaurant in Britain, as well as a venue in The Waiting Room, which regularly attracts high quality and international musicians and artists to perform in restaurant's cabaret space.

The Waiting Room, enters its 25th year in 2009.

Full listings as well as menus etc can be found on the restaurant website

www.the-waiting-room.co.uk

Restaurant telephone number is
01642 780465

9 St
ation Road Eaglescliffe Stockton on Tees.

 

Oh and while we are here - one giant leap recommends a fantastic act booked at the Waiting Room next Sunday - November 23rd bill is Sargeant Buzfuz - recommended by Thomas Truax, Sgt Buzfuz is causing a stir within the music press and broadcast stations with his "Here come the popes" project - an album documenting the dark twists and turns of the Papacy. As much played by Uncle Harry on Gobstopper.

 

 



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