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Michelin stars for 'Fawlty' town
Basil Fawlty in his hotel's restaurant
Fawlty Towers was never awarded a Michelin star
Restaurateurs in Torquay may finally be able to shake off their Basil Fawlty image after the prestigious Michelin Guide awarded stars to two eateries.

The Elephant and Orestone Manor in the Devon town are two of just 18 new Michelin stars awarded across Britain and Ireland this year.

The classic BBC sitcom, featuring the hotel with dreadful food and worse service, was set in Torquay.

Tourist chiefs said the stars will help remove "old-fashioned preconceptions".

Maureen McAllister, director of leisure for Torbay Development Agency said: "To now have not just one but two restaurants with the coveted Michelin Star is absolutely fantastic. This is one of the ultimate benchmarks for any destination."

The Elephant's head chef Simon Hulstone, 31, said: "When I heard I was extremely excited and now I'm full of anticipation for the year ahead."

Guide editor Derek Bulmer said the seaside town's success marked a "particularly good year for Devon" as more top chefs set up outside London.


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