Komedia Bath has won Silver Award in the Taste of the West 2012 Annual Food Awards for its Comedy and Cabaret event food offer.
Komedia Bath, the only known Comedy and Music venue in the country to win awards for its food offer, has added the 2012 Taste of the West Silver Award after recently retaining the Soil Association Gold Catering Standard.
The venue, which has won the Chortle Award for Best Venue in the West and Wales in 2010 and 2012, broke the mould with its venue food offer in 2009 when it became the first in the UK to offer a freshly cooked menu of organic, local and seasonal food with an initial two year partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage. After setting up the catering operation, River Cottage handed the reins of the operation and team of chefs to the Komedia management in early 2011. The venue subsequently became one of only seven restaurants in the UK to attain the Soil Associations Gold catering Mark – an award that monitors all food output of the venue and awards a possible three standards, gold silver and bronze, based on the menus being freshly prepared, containing no artificial additives, with the vast majority of the ingredients being local and seasonal and all suppliers achieving a minimum level in farm standards.
The Taste of the West Award, in which the venue was judged in the category of Dining Pub, comprised judges dining at the venue incognito and rating the menu breadth, food provenance, freshness and overall quality of the food offer.
Alongside their events menu Komedia Bath, was also judged on a VIP ticket offer comprises a three-course meal with dining in a separate part of the venue.
Richard Daws, Komedia Bath’s Director stated: “Our initial partnership with River Cottage blew away a few myths that comedy customers don’t care what they eat. We got incredible feedback from audiences and have continued to offer the highest standard of food possible. The result is that the majority of our customers dine with us, with our VIP three course dining tickets selling out every week, which speaks volumes.”
To celebrate the Awards, in December Komedia has just launched a Christmas three course menu that comprises almost exclusively of produce from Taste of the West Gold Award winning regional suppliers.
Krater Comedy Club offers dining tickets every Saturday including the three course VIP ticket. Throughout December Komedia will also Christmas events – Krater Comedy Club, Ministry of Burlesque and Elvis – with a three unique course Gold Taste of the West menu.
Details can be found on www.komedia.co.uk/bath