TAUNTON'S Dan Lowman is hoping to be acclaimed the inaugural Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.

Dan, from the Ring of Bells, has been nominated by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow for the accolade, run by the British Beer and Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Ms Pow said: "This is just the kind of friendly pub serving bona fide English food made from the best local ingredients that everyone would like to find on their street corner.

"There is a strong emphasis on produce sourced from the South-West, especially ciders and real ales.

"They have bought an out-of-town pub into the centre of Taunton."