His award comes in recognition of the restaurant creating its first ever beer list in its 40 year history – a trend embraced by a number of high-profile establishments in recent years.
Michel Roux said his interest in different beer styles came from research for a book on matching food and wine: “I became very excited by some of the rather surprising beer and food matches I discovered.”
He added: “So far the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. This encouraged me to introduce a beer list in April 2006, which showcases unusual beers of many different styles.”
Steve Wellington, head brewer of Worthington’s White Shield Brewery in Burton upon Trent, also received the award of ‘Brewer of the Year’. The award was given by the Group’s Chairman, John Grogan MP, in recognition of Wellington’s skill in brewing one of Britain’s oldest bottle-conditioned ales. Worthington’s White Shield was first brewed in the 1820s, and in 2006 achieved the title ‘Champion Bottle-Conditioned Beer of Britain.’
The title Beer Drinker of the Year is awarded to a public figure who has made a recent notable contribution to the world of UK beer and/or pubs. Previous winners have included Prince Charles, Michael Parkinson and Darren Gough.