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Ruth Watson

2010 Honorary Graduate

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Ruth Watson

Ruth Watson is a restaurateur, hotelier, television presenter and food writer.

London born, Ruth ran a graphic design studio before becoming an inspector for the Good Food Guide. In 1983 Ruth and her husband brought Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk, which they developed into a 33-room hotel with 18-hole golf course. In 1990 they purchased the Fox and Goose Inn at Fressingfield, launching it as the first ever gastropub. They now own the Crown and Castle hotel near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Ruth was Food Editor of the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine for 2 years, Contributing Food Editor of Sainsbury's magazine for 5 years, and has written three cookery books.

In 2005 Ruth's public profile increased when she presented the channel 5 series, the Hotel Inspector. The show won a Royal Television Society Award in November 2006. She has presented three series of Country House Rescue on channel 4. Ruth and her husband own 20-acre organic farm near the Suffolk coast.