About the award
Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market.
Built in the 19th century, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in the heart of Bath, a wonderful World Heritage Site. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), this luxury hotel is centred around Spa Village Bath and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters. Its style is understated, with smart, well-equipped bedrooms and public areas. If you were to arrive unaware it might seem that you were in a top London establishment with service to match. Service, style and decor slick yet not intrusive; good value but nowhere near cheap. The spa facilities themselves are top of the range, but this place does not just live off the accolade of private thermal waters alone.
Dan Moon at The Gainsborough offers British cuisine based on the very best ingredients. Sourcing is key here, letting the ingredients do the shouting, be it with a little expert help from the kitchen. Head chef Dan Moon heads up the kitchen and is causing some great ripples in the Bath eating scene. The overall facilities are impressive and include a smart lounge and a sophisticated and buzzing cocktail bar.
2016 – Northcote
2015 – Cliveden
2014 – Dormy House, Broadway
2013 – Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead
2012 – Lime Wood, Lyndhurst
2011 – Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
2010 – Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa
2009 – Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa
2008 – Jesmond Dene House