A PUB with a growing national reputation has received an impressive accolade.
The Richmond Arms in West Ashling has been ranked 29th in the top 50 pubs in the Good Food Guide 2015.
Emma and William Jack have been running the pub, which is next to the village’s idyllic duck pond, for nearly four years.
“We are really, really pleased and proud,” said Mrs Jack.
“We have just had the results out and have come in at number 29, so we are in the top 50.”
Mrs Jack said she thought their success had come from the different aspects they have added over the years.
“We now do artisan pizza. We have a hand-made wood-fired oven and serve pizza out of our old wagon in our skittle bar.
“We have a lot going on and it’s been hard work, but very rewarding.
“We’re speaking to the council at the moment to see if there’s a possibility we can sell food in the city.
“Last year we got an editors’ choice award in the Good Food Guide.”
Mr Jack is also chef at the pub, which has been given glowing reviews by tough restaurant critic Giles Coren.
Reviews on Trip Advisor also pay testament to the quality of the food and the pub was even awarded a certificate of excellence.
The food is home-cooked and locally-produced, with menus which change regularly based on what is in season.
Two more inviting country pubs in the area have also made the list.
The Duke of Cumberland in Henley and The Earl of March near Lavant, have come in at 28th and 39th position – both inside the top 50.
The Duke of Cumberland was listed in the top 50 last year.
At the time, head chef and landlord Simon Goodman, said: ““I think it is quite an achievement, and it’s really nice to hear good news, especially when we are in a recession.”
The pubs are ranked by inspectors equipped with extensive scoring guidelines.