A BUSINESS owner has said he is surprised and thrilled that his restaurant has been included in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide.

The Bridgewater Arms in Winston, near Barnard Castle, has been included in the new 2015 book which is due out later this month.

Paul Grundy, 49, said he received the letter last week telling him his restaurant had been listed as one of the top places to eat out.

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He said: “We are really glad to be included again and we would like to thank our customers because it’s them who have written in to recommend us.

“I wasn’t expecting it, you never know you whether you’ll be in or not, you just have to hope you will be included but it doesn’t always happen. I’m thrilled we have got back in.

“It potentially could boost business because a lot of people take a lot of notice of The Good Food Guide. It’s good to be recognised, I absolutely love what I do.”

Mr Grundy has been in the industry for thirty years, 24 of which were spent at The Black Bull, in Moulton, which was also included in previous editions of the guide.