From burnt out shell to top place to dine – recognition for Hunts pub

The Abbots Elm, at Abbots Ripton are included in both the 2014 Michelin restaurant Guide and just th

The Abbots Elm, at Abbots Ripton are included in both the 2014 Michelin restaurant Guide and just this week the Michelin Guide, (l-r) Julia Abbey and John Abbey. - Credit: Archant

A rural pub has risen from the ashes and achieved a Michelin Guide double in its first year of trading.

The Abbots Elm, in Abbots Ripton, reopened last December after being destroyed by fire in March 2010.

Run by husband and wife John and Julia Abbey, the pub made it into the 2014 Michelin Guide for Hotels and Restaurants.

Then, earlier this month, its inclusion in the “eating out in pubs” edition was confirmed.

Mr Abbey said: “This is no mean achievement for a rural pub in its first year of trading, and is ­testament to both the hard work of our team and the massive support we have received from the local community.

“It’s surprising how many people say ‘I saw you in the Michelin Guide’. It lifts your profile and attracts interest from other good food guides.”

The pub is part of Lord de Ramsey’s estate and was previously The Three Horseshoes.

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It underwent a £750,000 ­renovation following the fire.

Externally, the appearance of the 17th Century building was retained but the interior has been revamped.