Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, and Midsummer House in Cambridge have joined the ranks of the most celebrated establishments in the UK after being awarded five rosettes in the 2014 AA guides to UK hotels, restaurants, pubs and bed and breakfasts.
The announcement of the new ratings was made at tonight's AA Hospitality Awards, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Commenting on Midsummer House being awarded the maximum five rosettes, chef patron Daniel Clifford said he was "blown away" by the news. "I'm very proud of the team," he told Caterer and Hotelkeeper after the awards. "It's what we all work very hard for."
Gidleigh Park and Midsummer House now join an elite band of 11 hotels and restaurants which have been awarded five-AA-rosettes. They include: Marcus Wareing at The Berkley, London Tom Aikens, London; Hibiscus, London; Sketch (Lecture Room & Library), London ; The Fat Duck, Bray; L'Enclume, Cartmel; Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham; Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton; and Michael Wignall at The Latymer, Bagshot.
Five-AA-rosettes are awarded to establishments which the guide's team of inspectors believe represent the finest restaurants in the UK and could compete with the best in the world. They are recognised for being individual, displaying "breathtaking" culinary skills and setting standards to which other aspire.
A number of new three and four rosettes have also been awarded, taking the total number of three rosettes to 171 and four rosettes to 29.
The restaurants awarded new five-, four- and three-AA-rosettes for 2013-14 are:
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Midsummer House, Cambridge
Launceston Place, London
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchesster, London
Hand and Flowers, Marlow
Cliff House, Ardmore
THREE ROSETTES The Marquis at Alkham, Dover, Kent
The Ardeonaig Hotel and Restaurant, Killin
Linthwaite House Hotel and Restaurant, Windemere
Airds, Port Appin
Abbey Hotel, Bath
Outlaw's at the Capital, London
The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel, Bath
Ye Olde Bulls Head, Beaumaris
Coworth Park, Ascot
The French by Simon Rogan, Manchester
Winteringham Fields, Winterinham
Brasserie Chavot, London
Rushton Hall, Kettering
Restaurant 23 and Morgan's Bar, Royal Leamington Spa
Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett
Pompadour by Galvin, Edinburgh
The Samling, Windemere
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere
The Halkin, London
Bohemia, St Helier
Social Eating House, London
The Angel Inn, Hetton
Rockliffe Hall, Darlington
Glennap Castle, Ballantrae
Alexander House, Turners Hill
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter
Longshott Manor, Horley