AA announces new red star hotel awards and restaurant rosettes

06 October 2015 by
AA announces new red star hotel awards and restaurant rosettes

Two new red-star hotels and two new five-rosette restaurants were announced at last night's AA Hospitality Awards 2015.

The Merchant hotel in Belfast and the Corinthia hotel in London were awarded the AA's most prestigious hotel rating, five red AA stars, while Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London, and the Kitchen, Edinburgh, received five AA rosettes, which are presented to the "finest restaurants" in the UK "where the cooking stands comparison with the best in the world".

During the evening's celebratory dinner at London's Grosvenor House, Simon Numphud, head of AA hotel services, also announced that the guide has introduced a new silver star rating for hotels between a black and red star level which offer "superior level of quality, high standards and for the quality of food within its star rating".

Gavin Carroll, general manager of the Merchant hotel, said he was "thrilled and honoured" that the property was the first and only AA five red star award winner in Northern Ireland.

"We pride ourselves on our excellent service and facilities and it is a privilege to have this recognised at such a prestigious national award ceremony," he said.

"I'm extremely proud of all of our staff that have shown such passion and dedication to meet the first class standards needed in every area of the hotel to achieve the highly coveted award."

The full list of new red star hotels include:

New five red star hotels

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

The Corinthia Hotel, London

New four red star hotels

Great Fosters, Egham

Aviator, Farnborough

The Grove, Narberth

New three red star hotels

Goldstone Hall, Market Drayton

The Pig near Bath, Hunstrete

The Pig on the Beach, Studland

The George Hotel, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

The new AA multi-rosette restaurants include:

New five rosette restaurants

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

New four rosette restaurants

Plas Ynyshir Hall Hotel, Eglwys Fach

Stovell's, Chobham

The Westbury Hotel, London

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Claridge's, London

The Ledbury, London

Fraiche, Birkenhead

New three rosette restaurants

Old Downtown Lodge, Ludlow

The Cellar, Anstruther

EIPIC, Belfast

The Boathouse Restaurant, Bangor

Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena

Cail Bruich, Glasgow

Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen

Sudbury House, Faringdon

Lickfolk Inn, Lickfold

Amaya, London

The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

Lavenham Great House Restaurant with Rooms, Lavenham

Rockliffe Hall, Darlington

The Coach, Marlow

L'Ortolan, Shinfield

Marmadukes Town House Hotel, York

The Kingham Plough, Kingham

Sosban & The Old Butcher's Restaurant, Menai Bridge

Macdonald Complete Angler, Marlow

Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth

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