Harry Grinonneau of The Boat Inn
Harry Grinonneau of The Boat Inn

A Lichfield restaurant is celebrating after reaching the final of a national wine list competition.

The Boat Inn was recognised in the 2022-23 AA Wine Award.

Chef Liam Dillon and restaurant sommelier Harry Grinonneau said their list included a number of organic labels to bring the best out of new dishes on the menu.

Liam said:

“Harry and I are delighted to get to the finals.

“Wine is such an important part of a meal, but for me what is very pleasing is recognition for the many organic labels on our list which is part of my desire to use as many organic products and local suppliers as I can. 

“One of our recent developments I am particularly proud of is our kitchen garden. We grow vegetables on site plus free range eggs in our chicken coop all under the watchful eyes of our head gardener Sadie.

“Adding organic wines to the list feels to me like the last piece of that organic and home-grown jigsaw.”

Liam Dillon

All finalists will have a Notable Wine List Symbol on their entry in the 2022 AA Restaurant guide and the winner will receive their award at the AA Hospitality Awards in September.

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  1. The Boat Inn tries to claim it’s in Lichfield, probably because it thinks that sounds better. It’s much closer to Brownhills.

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