30/01/2008 - 22:00

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30/01/2008 - 22:00

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The accolades keep flowing for Western Australia’s premier luxury boutique hotel, Cape Lodge.

The Margaret River hotel has been recognised by Conde Nast Traveller magazine in its prestigious annual gold list awards, ranking eighth in the ‘best for food’ category.

Edging out many of the world’s most celebrated hotel restaurants, Cape Lodge scored 95 out of 100, just behind first place Hostellerie de L’Abbaye de La Celle in France at 96.72 per cent.

The only other Australian hotel listed in the top 10 for food excellence was the Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania, which came in at ninth.

Cape Lodge general manager Drew Bernhardt said the accolade was a tremendous salute to Western Australian born and raised executive chef, Tony Howell, and his staff.

Also in the top 10 were The Tokyo Ritz-Carlton, Cellars-Hohenort in South Africa, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in India, and Gidleigh Park in England.

Cape Lodge was also recently rated in the top 10 best places to stay in the Australasia and South Pacific Region in Conde Nast’s reader’s choice travel awards for the third year running.

With a busy festive season behind it, the hotel’s new owners are currently in the process of planning a few enhancements, which are said to include a new pool and room upgrades.

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A masterclass with Kate Lamont, Shakespeare in the Vines at Houghton Winery, and a seven-course degustation dinner with a twist at Chesters Restaurant are just some of the highlights at the Swan Valley’s annual foodie weekend, the Mid Summer Feast, from February 16 to 18.

In addition to sampling world-class wines from the state’s oldest wine producing region, visitors can enjoy a wide range of delicious produce from the Swan Valley, including exquisite olive oils, home-made chutneys, preserves, olive tapanade, dukkah, honey and chocolate, just to name a few.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday the 16th will be a long-table dinner featuring Swan Valley food, wine and hospitality, cooked by Kate Lamont, to be held at the century-old railway workshop building, 1904 Power House.

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