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The AA has announced the latest restaurants to be awarded the coveted new 3 and 4 AA Rosettes. Eight of the restaurants celebrating new higher Rosette awards are from London with the other 11 ranging from Loch Ness to Jersey.
Of the restaurants receiving the awards just one has obtained the prestigious 4 AA Rosettes, namely The Greenhouse in London.
Tucked away behind gates in a wide Mayfair Mews; the thinking behind the name becomes apparent as you stroll down the decked pathway, lined with bamboo plants, box hedges, bay trees, sculptures and little fountains on the way to the front door – a lovely, tranquil garden setting that instantly puts you in a relaxed mood. Sadly, alfresco dining isn’t an option, but you do get views of the garden from the serenely stylish dining room, where the extremely professional yet very friendly service plays its part in creating an oasis of calm and refinement. Natural, restful shades of beige and ivory are offset by modern darkwood floors, avocado-coloured leather banquettes and chairs, tables dressed in their finest white linen, and a feature wall taken up by a filigree display of tree branches to emphasise the garden theme. Many great chefs have run the stoves at The Greenhouse over the years, and today’s incumbent, Arnaud Bignon, is not about to let the side down. He cooks from the heart, starting with the best ingredients money can buy and combining techniques old and new to produce dishes with clean, precise flavours that look beautiful on the plate.
The new 3 Rosette restaurants are:
• The Black Swan, Helmsley
• Fallowfields Country House Hotel and Restaurant, Kingston Bagpuize
• Restaurant Tristan, Horsham
• Restaurant Story, London
• The Grove, Narberth
• Bo, London
• The Lovat, Loch Ness
• Ormer, Jersey
• Design House Restaurant, Halifax
• Hedone, London
• HKK, London
• Roux at Parliament Square, London
• Galvin at Windows, London
• The Black Swan, Oldstead
• Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter
• The Burlington at Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey
• Adam’s Restaurant, Birmingham
• The Bingham, Richmond on Thames
Simon Numphud, Manager at AA Hotel Services said, ‘The Greenhouse has everything we look for in a four rosette restaurant, namely a passion for excellence, superb technical skills and intense ambition as well as national recognition for its cooking. Restaurants serving food of a three Rosette standard are worthy of recognition from well beyond their local area. I am delighted that these restaurants hail from such far-reaching parts of the country, and is a great demonstration that wherever you are in Great Britain you can find AA Rosetted restaurants.’
AA Rosettes are awarded solely by AA Hotel and Restaurant Inspectors with no influence from hotels, restaurants or other guides. The AA Rosette scheme is long established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on at least one visit to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially it’s a snapshot, whereby the entire meal including ancillary items are assessed. Of all the restaurants across the UK, approximately 10% are of a standard which is worthy of one Rosette and above.