- Jason Atherton crowned Chefs’ Chef of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year and Pub of the Year announced
- The Ritz named best restaurant in UK for service
- New Rosettes awarded
23 September 2019
The best restaurants and pubs across England, Scotland, and Wales were revealed at the AA Hospitality Awards tonight in a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.
The twenty-second annual awards were presented by Kate Silverton and honoured the best establishments in the UK across twenty-three categories, including Chefs’ Chef, Lifetime Achievement Award and Housekeeper of the Year.
Pictured: Fordwich Arms
Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social/The Social Company) was crowned Chef’s Chef of the Year by his peers, following in the footsteps of Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux, and Heston Blumenthal, who have previously taken home the coveted title.
The four Restaurant of the Year Awards went to: Fordwich Arms (England), Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown (London), Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias (Wales), and Sugar Boat (Scotland).
Pub of the Year went to: Three Daggers (England), Glynne Arms (Wales), Meikleour Arms Public House (Scotland).
The Wine Award – recognising an outstanding contribution to promoting, understanding and appreciating wine – went to Hampton Manor.
The Ritz Restaurant was chosen as the UK restaurant with the best customer service, winning the Food Service Award.
Restaurant of the Year
- England – Fordwich Arms, Canterbury
- London – Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown, London, E9
- Wales – Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay
- Scotland – Sugar Boat, Helensburgh
Pub of the Year
- England – Three Daggers, Edington
- Wales – Glynne Arms, Hawarden
- Scotland – Meikleour Arms Public House, Perth
Regional Wine Awards:
- England – Hampton Manor, Solihull
- Wales – Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel, Dolgellau
- Scotland – Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh
Food Service Award
Meanwhile 11 restaurants received new 4- and 5-Rosette awards.
New 5 Rosettes
- Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
New 4 Rosettes
- Coworth Park, Ascot
- Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead
- Hipping Hall, Lancaster
- Hrishi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
- Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow
- Roganic, London
- Sorrel, Dorking
- The Angel at Hetton, Hetton
- The Greenhouse, London
- The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
About AA Rosettes
The long-established Rosette scheme recognises successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on one or more visits by an AA inspector to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially, the visit is a snapshot, whereby the entire meal, including ancillary items (when served), is assessed. About 10% of restaurants nationwide reach a standard that is worthy of one Rosette and above. This is indeed a huge achievement, and not to be underestimated.