THE wait is finally over for chefs in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire as they prepared to hear if they had achieved a place in the “big cheese” of dining guides.

The Trencherman’s Guide – commonly called the guide ‘by chefs for chefs’ - has released its 22nd edition, celebrating restaurants that create the best dining experiences across the South West.

One culinary genius delighted to earn a place in this year’s guide is Bibury Court chef James Graham.

“I’m so pleased I’ve been awarded this place,” said James, who started at Bibury Court in August 2013. “I’ve always loved Bibury Court. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to work in.”

James has worked as a chef for around 20 years and took a great wealth of experience with him to the hotel's restaurant.

He moved to Bibury from Fairford where he had been working at the town’s Allium restaurant, which closed last year.

“I still see quite a few Allium customers who have started coming to Bibury Court instead now,” he continued.

The 46-year-old now lives in Bibury and also has high hopes of achieving a place in this year’s Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.

“We’re moving forward slow and steady at the moment,” he said. “To get things absolutely right they need to be done properly.

“We’re coming up to wedding season now so it’s going to be busy.

“We’ve got our first wedding of the year on the weekend.”

Other Cotswolds restaurants to be included in the prestigious guide include Lower Slaughter Manor and Slaughters Country Inn near Moreton-in-Marsh and Whatley Manor near Malmesbury.