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Award Winning Dorset Pub Re-opens for Business

Jeremy Lee at the bar of the newly refurbished New Inn, Cerne Abbas

7:49am 20th June 2012
(Updated 3:54pm 21st June 2012)

A former Michelin Inspector who was part of the teams that awarded Michelin stars to Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal has re-opened his own pub in Dorset.

The New Inn in Cerne Abbas run by Jeremy Lee has been shut for 8 months for refurbishment.

The pub was acclaimed Dorset Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide for 2012.

Head Chef Ben Streak, who was formerly at the Riverside in West Bay, has been cooking in Dorset for nine years. This includes a stint at Summer Lodge in Evershot, and Yalbury Cottage in Lower Bockhampton.
Ben said: 'We use Ingredients that we believe in and enjoy working with. We get scallops straight from the diver and venison from the Ilchester Estate.
'Our beef is bought on the bone from North Aberdeen. We spend a couple of hours a week butchering, so when it comes to the cooking we have already built up a relationship with it and respect for it.'
Jeremy said: 'Whilst we use premium products and ingredients we believe we offer value for money. We also offer simpler dishes on the daily blackboard menu to suit everybody's pocket.'
Tim Woodrow, Palmers tenanted trade director, said: 'Palmers Brewery has made a substantial investment in this historic pub, which now has 13 bedrooms instead of six, more space for eating and drinking, a new kitchen and new loos. It's one of the biggest single refurbishment projects ever undertaken by the Bridport brewery. We wish Jeremy Lee and all the staff the very best for their future.'

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