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AA Restaurant of the Year (England) 2018–19


Award sponsored by Smarter Business

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About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.



Steve Drake, Owner of Sorrel commented:
“I’m delighted with how quickly and positively Sorrel has been received in less than a year. We’ve worked hard to create an enjoyable and immersive dining experience, and to win this award in recognition of that is a huge achievement.”

An AA Inspector said of Sorrel:
“This is inspirational modern cooking in a delightful dining room. Wood floors, and linen-clad tables laid with fine glassware and herbs in little glass cloches add to the all-round feel of a classy operation. Ingredients are combined in thoughtful and stimulating ways and the flavours are judged just so.”

Previous winners

2017 – The Freemasons at Wiswell
2016 – Lumière
2015 – House of Tides
2014 – Sticky Walnut
2013 – The Artichoke
2012 – The Church Green British Grill
2011 – The Hand and Flowers
2010 – The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
2009 – Purnell’s
2008 – The Royal Oak at Paley Street