Michelin star for The Checkers restaurant in Montgomery
The owners of a new restaurant in Powys are celebrating one of the culinary world's top accolades.
The Checkers in Montgomery has been awarded a Michelin star just a few months after opening in March.
The new 2012 edition of the Michelin Guide describes it as a "charming 18th Century coaching inn" serving "classical dishes executed with a deft touch".
Head chef Stephane Borie said: "We are over the moon, very pleased."
"We've been in the trade since we were kids, but it's a great acheivement."
Mr Borie trained with fellow Frenchman Michel Roux at the three-star Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire, with his partner Sarah Francis, a farmer's daugher from Trefonen, near Oswestry.
With her sister Kathryn running front-of-house, they first opened the Herbert Arms at Chirbury, near Montgomery, in 2008 before taking over The Checkers which opened in March.
Stephane said: "It was an old pub which we completely refurbished.
"Because we've been in the area for three years we have a lot of very good customers who come from as far away as Wolverhampton."
The trio - who market themselves as "The Frenchman and the Farmer's Daughters" - employ 12 staff and cater for up to 40 diners, using produce from local farms in Powys and Shropshire.
Sarah said: "We both owe a lot to Michel Roux - obviously he's been very influential in our careers and our achievements."
While The Checkers is a new addition, three other restaurants in Wales retain their stars and places in the 2012 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
They are The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire; The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouthshire; and Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo, Denbighshire.
Ynyshir Hall, near Machynlleth, also featured in the 2011 guide but is not included in the new edition.