Reader Competition – Win a fabulous dinner for 4!

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Michelin Magic for The Grosvenor

Torquay hotelier, Keith Richardson has brought two Michelin starred chef John Burton Race on board to headline the Brasserie and Terrace at Torquay’s newly refurbished Grosvenor Hotel. Enter our competition to win a fabulous dinner for four.

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Hoping to bring some ‘Michelin magic’ to his Richardson Hotel Group, Mr Richardson has said, “We’re very excited to be working with John. His background is in world-class dining, and that’s something we want to promote in The Grosvenor’s Brasserie and Terrace. We aim to make the hotel a real destination, not only for tourists, but for locals too.”

John Burton Race will be involved in every aspect of the restaurant, from the actual kitchen design to menu planning and preparing dishes. Although many would be daunted at the task of turning around the hotel’s somewhat infamous reputation, John is adamant about what needs to be done, and knows that he’s up to the task!  He says, “We’re so fortunate with the produce that’s on offer locally. The animal husbandry, the pastureland and the seafood of the county allow my menus to have a real seasonal focus.” 

At present the hotel is undergoing refurbishment, but will relaunch in early 2017.  Burton Race is keen to emphasize the importance of quality in producing food, which won’t be forgotten, “I’m already proud of the dishes we are planning to serve.”

Born in Singapore in 1957, John Burton Race spent his formative years travelling extensively alongside his diplomat father. These influences are still visible within his food, which combines his innovative ideas with the best of British produce.

Trained in a number of London’s top restaurants including Quaglino’s, Hotel Meurice London, and La Sorbonne; Burton Race has worked alongside some of the world’s most celebrated chefs including Raymond Blanc. It was as Head Chef at the renowned Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, where he was awarded his first Michelin star in 1983.

Since then, Burton Race’s star has continued to rise, after opening his own restaurant, L’Ortolan in Berkshire. He was awarded an additional two Michelin stars, an achievement he repeated at the John Burton Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in 2000.

Two years later, John was introduced to the public conscious with his role in the Channel 4 documentary series French Leave, and after a sabbatical spent in France, he returned to the culinary fraternity, launching The New Angel restaurant in Devon in 2004. Within a year the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star, which it retained until Burton Race’s departure in 2010.

Most recently, Burton Race has opened The New Angel in Notting Hill, which was widely acclaimed, gaining three AA Rosettes, a place in Harden’s Top 10 new openings 2015, as well as a slot in Open Table’s Top 100.

Win!  3-Course Dinner for 4

Richardson Hotels is offering one lucky reader (plus 3 guests) the chance to win a superb 3-course dinner to include a bottle of house wine plus tea or coffee in the Grosvenor’s Brasserie and Terrace in Torquay.

To enter just answer the following question: How many AA Rosettes was John Burton Race awarded at his last restaurant, The New Angel in Notting Hill?

Email your answer, along with your name, telephone number and postcode to: or enter online at 

We also accept written entries to: English Riviera Magazine, 69 Davies Avenue, Paignton TQ4 7AW.

All entries must be received by 12 noon on 31 March 2017 and the winner will be the first correct entry selected at random.  Table reservation subject to availability at the time of booking. Prize must be taken by 30 September 2017. Full terms and conditions on website.