- 2022 Chef of the Year - Michael Wignall
The venue was awarded its star in 2019, just 12 months after Michael Wignall took over the venue and maintained the accolade in 2021.
High on the venue’s list of priorities, as well as delivering top nosh, is providing you, the diner, with the best service in the industry.
The pub also rocketed up the Top 50 Gastropubs 2020 list from 50th spot in 2019 to 11th, making it 2020’s Highest Climber. This year it has risen again, taking fourth place and eyeing the top spot.
“A place where unsurpassed levels of service, outstanding food and the warmest of welcomes, meet North Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape,” says its website.
Wignall, an acclaimed Michelin star-decorated chef, heads this gastropub that he claims is his “most exciting venture to date”.
He and his wife Johanna took over the pub in the September of 2018 along with James and Josephine Wellock.
In just a short space of time, they have gathered a strong team around them, the combined skills and experience of whom will take the Angel to a brighter future.
What’s to eat? Well, it all depends on your needs. The pub has a dedicated restaurant area – don’t worry, it remains a pub in spirit and image – where Wignall showcases his impressive skills.
That’s not to say the bar, vegetarian or breakfast menus don’t receive the same impressive treatment, because they do indeed sparkle.
The glorious restaurant menu features dishes including Loire valley rabbit loin and merguez, salsify, trompette and poached pear to start.
Mains include Monkfish, quail, venison and garden-inspired vegetarian options including Jersey potatoes, parsnip, king oyster mushroom and lovage.
Desserts are just as sumptuous, with Tahitian Vanilla cheesecake with salted granola, buttermilk, roasted beetroot puree and yogurt; or how about caramel tart with poached pear, frozen custard and condensed milk ganache.
If you’re romantically attached, then the Angel at Hetton is also set up for weddings, just so you know.