Paul Ainsworth and Jonathan Raggett win top honours at AA Hospitality Awards

25 September 2023 by
Paul Ainsworth and Jonathan Raggett win top honours at AA Hospitality Awards

Chef Paul Ainsworth and hotelier Jonathan Raggett led the list of winners at the AA Hospitality Awards 2023.

Around 1,000 guests from across the UK hospitality sector gathered for the awards ceremony at JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Monday night (25 September).

The event was hosted by TV presenter and broadcaster Claudia Winkleman and celebrated the country's top hotels, spas, restaurants and pubs and the people behind them.

Red Carnation Hotels' chief executive Raggett received the AA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his more than 40-year career working in the industry. He joined Red Carnation in 1998 as general manager of the Rubens at the Palace and was promoted to managing director in 2000, overseeing the rapid expansion of the business.

In 2022, he was one of 25 amateur cyclists who took on a challenge to raise £1m for Cure Leukaemia by cycling the full Tour de France route.

Paul Ainsworth was crowned Chefs' Chef of the Year, an award voted for by chefs at restaurants which hold AA rosettes, while Angela Hartnett was recognised with the Outstanding Contribution Award.

The ceremony saw two restaurants awarded the maximum five-AA-rosette rating: Tom Aikens' Muse in London and Steve Smith at Latymer at Pennyhill Park hotel in Bagshot, Surrey.

Smith took over as head chef at the hotel restaurant in 2020, replacing Matt Worswick.

The Crossbasket Castle hotel in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, was the only new hotel awarded five AA Red Stars.

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: "The last year has been tough on the hospitality industry as we've felt, like many others, the challenges facing businesses. Yet I'm so proud of the resilience, innovation and quality shown by the UK hospitality industry in response.

"We would like to extend a massive congratulations all the winners and shortlisted establishments for their hard work, passion, and dedication."

The full list of winners

Chefs' Chef

Paul Ainsworth of Paul Ainsworth at No 6

Accessible Award

Pan Pacific London, London

Sustainable Award

The Pig Hotel Group

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jonathan Raggett, Red Carnation Hotels

Outstanding Contribution Award

Angela Hartnett

Housekeeper of the Year

Nicola Burton from Hartwell House & Spa, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Restaurant of the Year

England – The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside

London – Chutney Mary, London

Wales – The Jackdaw, Conwy

Scotland – Cail Bruich, Glasgow

Hotel of the Year

England – Forest Side, Grasmere

London – The Lanesborough, London

Wales – Penally Abbey Hotel, Penally

Scotland – Fingal, Leith, Edinburgh

Northern Ireland – Killeavy Castle Estate, Killeavy

Restaurant with Rooms

England – The New Inn, Hereford

Wales – Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach

Scotland – The Witchery, Edinburgh

Spa Hotel of the Year

South Lodge, West Sussex

Group of the Year

The Coaching Inn Group

Small Hotel Group of the Year

Crerar Hotels

Food Service Award

The Strathearn, Gleneagles, Auchterarder


Arkle, the Chester Grosvenor

Woven by Adam Smith, Coworth Park

Wine Award

England – Allium at Askham Hall, Cumbria

Wales – Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Gwynedd

Scotland – The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh

College Restaurant of the Year

@thirty-four Restaurant, Exeter College


Senara Restaurant, Truro & Penwith

The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College

New five rosettes

Muse, London

Steve Smith at Latymer, Surrey

New four rosettes

The Cellar, Fife

Where the Light Gets In, Manchester

Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

MO, Dormy House, Worcestershire

The Samling, Cumbria

Ben Wilkinson at the Pass, West Sussex

New three rosettes

Next Door, Cheshire

1863 Restaurant with Rooms, Cumbria

The Wildebeest, Norfolk

The George at Alstonefield, Staffordshire.

Forge, North Yorkshire

The Lantern Room, West Yorkshire

1921 Angel Hill, Suffolk

Restaurant Roots, Dorset

The Cottage in the Wood, Worcestershire

The Idle Rocks, Cornwall

The New Inn, Herefordshire

The Lanesborough Grill, London

The Cygnet at the Swan Inn, Oxfordshire

Crockers Tring, Hertfordshire

8 by Andrew Sheridan, Liverpool

The Newport, Fife

Legacy, North Yorkshire

London Stock, London

The Clock House, Surrey

The Bulls Head Inn, Derbyshire

Behind, London

The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire

Cedar Tree by Hrishikesh Desai, Cumbria

The Terrace at the Montagu Arms hotel, Hampshire

Culture, Cornwall

The Killingworth Castle, Wootton, Oxfordshire

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Oxfordshire

The Ethicurean, Bristol

New five red stars

Crossbasket Castle, South Lanarkshire

New four red stars

The Fish hotel, Worcestershire

Thornbury Castle hotel, Gloucestershire

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