Renowned chef Chris Cleghorn has been awarded Bath’s only Michelin star at The Olive Tree restaurant, set within the Queensberry Hotel.
Chris, 33, has been the head chef at The Olive Tree for five and a half years, having previously worked with some of the UK’s top chefs including James Sommerin and Michael Caines.
The award of the star is testament not just to Chris’ skills and creativity, but to the hard work, tenacity and leadership he’s shown in the kitchen.
Chris said: “It is almost impossible to put into words what it means to me as a chef to be recognised by Michelin with a star for The Olive Tree, and for us to be the only one in the city of Bath. This has been an incredible journey, but this reward reflects the years of dedication and hard work that we have all collectively put in to create our own individuality on the UK restaurant scene.”
The UK and Ireland are home to 180 Michelin star restaurants – 155 hold one star, 20 have two and five hold three. The Olive Tree is now the only restaurant in Bath – and one of 97 found outside London – to hold a Michelin star, and one of only 15 new names to be added to this sought-after list.
The owners of The Queensberry Hotel, Laurence and Helen Beere have continued to back Chris’ vision for the restaurant over the past five years.
“We are immensely proud of Chris and the whole of our team within The Olive Tree. The last five years since Chris joined has been a tremendous and challenging journey. For Helen and I this is an incredibly important milestone for our business and we are truly grateful to Chris for his dedication and relentless commitment to the upmost quality and the finest experience for our guests to enjoy,” said Laurence.
Laurence continued, “As the only Michelin star restaurant in Bath we are also very proud to be part of the fantastic vibrant food scene of this great city and we are looking forward to the exciting developments that we have for The Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree Restaurant.”
Laurence and Helen bought the Queensberry Hotel and Olive Tree in 1998 following a career with The Savoy and Cliveden. Since then they have been developing the hotel and restaurant with their eclectic style, championing independent businesses, local suppliers and high quality products, all while bringing relaxed informality to this boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant, making it accessible to all.