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September 09, 2013 12:46 ET

Fearrington House Named Five-Star Restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide

Award Is Latest Culinary Achievement for Executive Chef Colin Bedford and Team

FEARRINGTON VILLAGE, NC--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2013) - The Fearrington House Restaurant has been named one of 32 Five-Star Restaurants in the U.S. by Forbes Travel Guide in its inaugural mid-year update to the official 2013 Star Rating, it was announced today. It is the first five-star rating for the Restaurant, putting it on the same exclusive list as sister property The Fearrington House Inn, an elegant country resort that has earned five-star recognition for the past 14 consecutive years.

The Forbes Five Star award is the latest achievement for the restaurant's executive chef, Colin Bedford, whose inventive, sophisticated menus are an interplay of the legendary culinary traditions of the American South, local ingredients, and his own English roots. Under Chef Bedford's tutelage, Fearrington House Restaurant has consistently received critical acclaim, including being named one of the top hotel food destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and earning the title Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux for Chef Bedford, making him one of only 21 Grands Chefs in the U.S.

"We are all thrilled to receive Forbes' top award this year," said Chef Bedford. "It's a testament to the entire Fearrington team and the collaborative effort that allows us to create unique and memorable dining experiences for our guests." 

"A Five-Star Award for the Restaurant has been a goal for several years," said Fearrington Proprietor R.B. Fitch. "The entire team at Fearrington House has consistently proven itself as providing unparalleled experiences for our guests, and needless to say, I'm extremely proud of them. It's gratifying to know that this award now distinguishes Fearrington as one of only two Inns in the U.S. to have a total of 20 AAA Diamonds and Five-Star Awards by Forbes for both food and lodging."

"Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as guideposts for consumers seeking exceptional travel experiences, and our primary mission is to serve the consumer," said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. "We're proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list."

About Fearrington House
The Fearrington House is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an association of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. The 32-room Inn features exquisitely decorated rooms and stunning garden views. The Restaurant serves locally sourced, European cuisine with a regional influence. The Fearrington House Restaurant opened in 1980, followed by the Inn in 1987, and most recently, The Spa in 2010. Fearrington House is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill and 20 miles west of the Raleigh/Durham Airport. For more information visit

About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry's most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. is the exclusive online destination for Forbes Travel Guide's list of Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners.

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