These UK hotels and restaurants are definitely doing something right – and that’s official.
They are the hotels that have received new AA Red Star accolades and restaurant Rosette winners, establishments to target for post-lockdown treats.
Red Stars are awarded to hotels offering the best customer experiences and highest levels of service and only restaurants with the highest-quality culinary offerings receive Rosettes.
Top-notch: 11 Cadogan Gardens, pictured, has been awarded five Red Stars, with the AA lauding its bedrooms and food and beverage offerings
The Ritz Restaurant in London previously held three AA Rosettes – now it has four, thanks to ‘luxurious’ food
The new AA Red Star holders are 11 Cadogan Gardens in London, which has been awarded the maximum five Red Stars, marking it as among the very best hotels in the UK and Ireland, while four Red Stars have been given to Forest Side in Grasmere, Cumbria; Linthwaite House in Windermere, Cumbria, and The Swan in Southwold, Suffolk.
Three Red Stars have also been awarded to The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury, Kent.
The AA said of 11 Cadogan Gardens: ‘Once a private members’ club, following an extensive refurbishment, this Victorian establishment has lost none of its exclusivity and unique features. Bedrooms… are very well appointed and reflect the style of the building. Deeply comfortable beds ensure a most relaxing and enjoyable overnight stay.
‘The new restaurant, Han’s’ Bar & Grill, overlooks Pavilion Road and offers an award-winning all-day menu. The Chelsea Bar is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails in a relaxing and sophisticated environment, and afternoon teas are served in the comfort of the Drawing Room. Valet parking is available.’
Forest Side, the AA said, ‘has been lovingly converted into a charming and relaxing hotel’, and Linthwaite House offers ‘attentive’ service and ‘friendly’ hospitality, and The Swan ‘a wealth of charm and character’.
The Pig, meanwhile, is ‘impeccably presented’ with ‘characterful lounges’ and bedrooms that are of an ‘extremely high quality’.
Three Red Stars were awarded to ‘impeccably presented’ The Pig at Bridge Place in Canterbury, Kent
Three Rosettes have been awarded to Great British Menu winner Shaun Rankin’s eponymous Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall in Ripon, North Yorkshire (pictured)
The Swan in Southwold, Suffolk, has been awarded four Red Stars by the AA’s discerning inspectors
Turning to the restaurants, we can reveal that four have been awarded four AA Rosettes, while an incredible 26 have received three AA Rosettes, a record number for a single announcement.
Receiving a prestigious four AA Rosettes are The Latymer, Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, Surrey; Muse in London; Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey, and The Ritz Restaurant in London (the latter two previously held three).
Restaurants awarded three AA Rosettes include The Old Stamp House in Ambleside, Cumbria, housed in the former office of William Wordsworth, Frenchie Covent Garden in London, cousin of the original Parisian eatery, and Great British Menu winner Shaun Rankin’s eponymous Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, has been honoured with three Rosettes by the AA
Frenchie Covent Garden in London, cousin of the original Parisian eatery, has three Rosettes
The cooking at the four-AA-Rosette Ocean Restaurant in Jersey (pictured), is ‘stellar’
The AA’s inspector said of Tom Aikens’ Muse that it offers ‘fine-tuned cooking from a flavoursmith’ with ‘innovative, story-telling dishes full of flavour, balance, finesse and artistry’.
The cooking at the Ocean Restaurant, meanwhile, is ‘stellar’, the food at The Ritz’ luxurious’, and The Latymer is hailed as ‘one of the top restaurants in the country’.
Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, said: ‘This has been an immensely difficult year for the hospitality industry, and yet restaurants across the country have continued to provide incredible dining experiences to the public despite these considerable challenges. The dedication and hard work of the teams behind these establishments is inspiring, particularly during this time, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate them with the announcement of these AA Rosettes.’
For more information on AA award-winners visit www.ratedtrips.com/awards.
THE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT AA WINNERS 2020
New four AA Rosettes
Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey
Muse, London, SW1
The Ritz Restaurant, London, W1
The Latymer, Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey
New three AA Rosettes
The Vineyard, Newbury, Berkshire
Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
The Old Stamp House, Ambleside, Cumbria
The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Nether Westcote, Gloucestershire
Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Highland
Hide and Fox, Hythe, Kent
The Barn at Moor Hall, Ormskirk, Lancashire
Davies & Brook, London, W1
Frenchie Covent Garden, London, WC2
Hide Above, London, W1
Les 110 Des Taillevent, London, W1
The Betterment by Jason Atherton, London, W1
The Dysart, Petersham, Greater London
The Northall, London, WC2
Trivet, London, SE1
Mana, Greater Manchester
Where The Light Gets In, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Minster Mill, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire
Windlestraw, Walkerburn, Scottish Borders
The Haughmond, Upton Magna, Shropshire
The Boat Inn, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Interlude, Lower Beeding, West Sussex
Goldsborough Hall, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Pheasant, Harome, North Yorkshire
New 5 Red Stars
11 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3
New 4 Red Stars
Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria
Linthwaite House, Windermere, Cumbria
The Swan, Southwold, Suffolk
New 3 Red Stars
The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury, Kent