Last week, West Somerset College’s hospitality student Rosemary Overall was presented with the inaugural The Culbone Scholarship for Hospitality Student of the Year.
Rosemary, who is in her last year at The Combe training restaurant in Minehead, was chosen for her commitment and keen interest, both in the kitchen and front of house.
A few months ago, Tony O’Shaughnassy, the owner of The Culbone on Porlock Hill, had contacted the The Combe to find a way to support outstanding students in the hospitality sector, to help develop young people in an industry which is so vital to Exmoor. Finally, the idea for the scholarship was born, a suitable student found and the scholarship’s finer details developed.
“We think that the College’s hospitality course is outstanding. The food prepared by the students is amazing. We see The Culbone as at the heart of the community, and helping young people excel is very close to our heart,” explained Tony. “Rosemary is a very worthy recipient of our scholarship, and we look forward to catching up with Rosemary in London in September.”
Tony presented Rosemary with a certificate in The Combe in the presence of Paul Gibbs, Acting Faculty Leader, and Werner Hartholt, Chef Lecturer. The scholarship will take her to the London School for Wine and Spirits in September to do a two-week WSET Level 3 course. It also covers travel, accommodation, pocket money and dinner with Somerset Life’s Food Editor, Susan Clark, in one of London’s top restaurants.
Paul Gibbs commented: “We are very grateful to The Culbone for their generous support for Rosemary. Rosemary has impressed us with her dedication and hard work, both in the kitchen and front of house. This course will be of great benefit to her future career.”
The Combe students will join The Culbone team for a special event later this year.
All photos by Mike Watson.
Indulgent coastal B&B for grown-ups, with beautiful Edwardian interiors and fabulous breakfasts (and treats)
For a tranquil Exmoor break with a chic seaside feel, our boutique B&B is the perfect base. Downstairs, the house is stylish and welcoming; quirky, but practical (a bit, we hope, like us). Upstairs, it’s unashamedly pampering, with crisp bedlinen, luxurious ensuite bathrooms (with both tubs and huge, walk-in rain-showers), Elemis Spa toiletries – and glorious, panoramic views of both Exmoor and the coast.
Driving up the gravel path to our grand-dame residence on the lower slopes of Minehead’s North Hill, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into a GK Chesterton novel. Our imperial oak, the handsome cream building and traditional gardens evoke period drama, but inside lies a cosy, contemporary retreat with a genuinely warm welcome.
Food is a highlight – you’ll be greeted with a tea tray while you check in, and you’ll come home to find a treat waiting for you in your suite every afternoon. In case of midnight snack attacks, there’s a biscuit barrel on the landing for you to raid. We make our own bread, cakes, cookies and marmalade, and, wherever possible, all our ingredients are locally-sourced or home-grown, and 100% conscience-friendly. We have separate tables for guests in our sunny breakfast room, and a large menu of breakfast dishes which are all cooked to order. We can also cater for most diets (vegan, veggie, healthy, gluten-free) given a little warning.
Within walking distance of Oakfield B&B are the traditional seaside shops, pubs and cafes in Minehead (and the West Somerset Steam Railway station), yet the Moor beckons too. Good walkers can be hiking through the heather and gorse within ten minutes; or drive up and take a leisurely stroll atop the hill to find ponies, deer, and even Banded Galloways. The South West Coast Path starts just two minutes away from our B&B, and the Coleridge Way and Tarka trails are both easily reached by car. We’ll happily help you plan the best routes to discover Exmoor’s nicest tea-rooms, stately homes, galleries, wildlife havens and stunning views of the West Country.
We sadly can’t accept pets or children under 16.
We have complimentary WiFi and parking; can arrange packed lunches for picnickers, and have a whole host of games, dvd’s, books and maps for you to borrow. With just two suites, we can afford to be generous with our time and we look forward to helping you make the very most of your holiday on Exmoor.
Photos by Millie Cooper