Burnham-On-Sea’s MP James Heappey has nominated Mike McKenzie of The White Horse Inn in the village of Mark for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award, having been impressed with the pub’s home-cooked and locally produced food.

The award is run in partnership with The British Beer and Pub Association and MPs are encouraged to nominate a chef in their constituency who has impressed them as a result of their pub’s local food and overall ambiance.

Mr McKenzie’s family-run pub in Mark has been reinvigorated since they took it over, which is one of the reasons for Mr Heappey nominating The White Horse Inn.

Mr Heappey said: “Mike and his family took over a pub which a string of other landlords had failed in and have made it into a runaway success.”

“Bookings for Sunday lunch have to be made weeks in advance and people will travel a very long way to taste the brilliant food.”

“It is unfussy but delicious. Mike is clearly a very talented chef with an instinctive feel for what will get people out of their houses and into their local pub.”

A shortlist of finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges and the award will be presented in early 2018.