THE head chef of a gastropub based near Chard has won the ‘Best Pub Chef’ award.

Charlotte Vincent, and the rest of the team at The Candlelight Inn in Bishopswood, received the award yesterday during the prestigious Great British Pub Awards ceremony.

A message from The Candlelight Inn read: “Last night, we were honored to be crowned "Chef of the Year," an achievement that celebrates our dedication to culinary excellence.

“This recognition is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our talented culinary team and the passion we infuse into every dish served at The Candlelight Inn.

“We have always strived to provide our guests with an unforgettable dining experience, and this award is a true validation of our efforts.

Chard & Ilminster News: The Candlelight InnThe Candlelight Inn (Image: Katy Ringsdore)

“Our head chef, Charlotte Vincent, proved her commitment to crafting amazing dishes at the ceremony last night and has helped set The Candlelight Inn apart in the competitive world of gastronomy.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Great British Pub Awards for this award.

“This recognition would not have been possible without the continuous support of our loyal patrons, who have made The Candlelight Inn their preferred destination for exceptional dining and memorable moments.

Chard & Ilminster News: Head chef Charlotte VincentHead chef Charlotte Vincent (Image: Katy Ringsdore)

“At The Candlelight Inn, we are dedicated to maintaining the high culinary standards that have earned us this accolade.

“We pledge to continue pushing the boundaries of culinary creativity, offering our guests an extraordinary dining experience that showcases the very best of British cuisine.

“We look forward to welcoming old and new friends alike to The Candlelight Inn to celebrate this momentous achievement with us.

“Thank you for being part of our journey, and we promise to keep delighting your taste buds for years to come.”

For more information about The Candlelight Inn and their award-winning culinary offerings, please visit their website at