Michelin starred The Angel at Hetton
Michelin starred chef, Michael Wignall and his wife Johanna are to reopen the doors to The Angel at Hetton, on Friday 17th July 2020. Following the closure, due to the Corona Virus lockdown, the couple have been able to continue safely with the refurbishment of the beautiful building. This has enabled them to upgrade the offering and improve facilities. They will be utilising all of the space for the foreseeable future, including full dining experiences in the bar and on the outdoor terrace (weather permitted). Although there will be no drinks at the bar, table service will be available all day.
Michelin starred The Angel at Hetton – Michael Wignall, Chef Patron, said: “We are delighted to finally reopen our doors and welcome back our guests and team members. The past few months have been incredibly difficult, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us, with purchasing gift vouchers and enjoying our takeaway offerings.
We are not opening on 4th July like many others, as we want to make sure that we are 100% ready to welcome everybody back safely, whilst still creating the usual, memorable Angel experience. We have made many changes to our processes and procedures to ensure that this happens.”
The Angel at Hetton is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It was awarded 4 AA rossettes in September 2019 and a Michelin star in the 2020 guide.
About Michael Wignall
Michael Wignall’s experience of freshly cooked food and multi-cultural cuisine started at a young age, travelling extensively from the Far East, to the United States and across Europe. Although exposed to a variety of international gastronomy, aspiring to be a top chef was not Michael’s first passion.
As a teen, Michael had a promising career as a professional BMX biker, however, his parents encouraged him to attend catering college. After three years, Michael moved to Spain to experience front of house, authentic cooking and the cuisine the country had to offer.
Upon his return to the UK, Michael’s professional career started at Broughton Park, under Paul Heathcote, moving with him to his restaurant in Longbridge, Preston, followed by a spell working with John Burton Race at L’Ortolan. Following this he headed up Old Beams, Staffordshire, Waldo’s Restaurant at Cliveden House, Michael’s Nook and the Burlington Restaurant at The Devonshire Arms, earning a Michelin star at each.
Michael joined Exclusive Hotels in November 2007. With a wealth of experience already under his belt and consequently the discovery of his own style and identity, The Latymer became one of the top restaurants in the country. It was awarded its first Michelin star and gained five AA rosettes in 2011 and added the second Michelin star in 2012. Aside from The Latymer, Michael also did stages at top restaurants in France and Spain, including Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
Michael produces incredibly complex, technically accomplished dishes. His attention to detail and dedication in the pursuit of perfection in flavour, texture and appearance knows no bounds. His reputation of working with suppliers and producers, ensuring all elements are fresh and sustainable, adds to the faultlessness of his dishes.
Out of the kitchen, Michael’s love for extreme sport still exists – particularly wakeboarding which still plays a massive part in his life. He also travels the world to find new inspirations and ideas to pair with locally sourced, British produce.
From January 2016, Michael made his move from The Latymer (Pennyhill Park) to Gidleigh Park, Chagford. This was lauded as the highest profile culinary takeover of 2016 by the likes of Jay Rayner and within 10 months Michelin announced it had retained two stars.
In 2017, he was awarded five AA rosettes – the first time the AA has ever awarded five rosettes mid-year, in its 61 year history. Michael left Gidleigh Park Hotel in January 2018 to pursue plans to open his own Restaurant.
About the Angel at Hetton
Michelin starred The Angel at Hetton – The Angel at Hetton is one of the most famous pub restaurants in the UK and is believed to have started life as a drovers’ inn. It was developed in the 18th century to serve the farming communities in the immediate area and operated as a traditional pub for many decades before the Watkins acquired it in 1983.
The Watkins were credited with helping to change the reputation of pub food throughout the country by doing away with menu items such as scampi and chips and chicken in a basket and introducing freshly cooked food alongside well-sourced wines. Denis introduced one of the most extensive lists of wine by the glass in the country.
In 1998, Denis was awarded the Pub Operator of the Year Catey, followed by Yorkshire Life’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement award. Denis passed away in 2004, but the Angel continued to be run by Juliet, his son Pascal and finance director Joanne Byrne till its present day.
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