The Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms was the only restaurant to have been given the top award at the 2009-2010 AA Hospitality Awards held at the London Hilton Park Lane last night.
The restaurant was recognised for its continued high standards and for providing inspiration to peers throughout the industry.
Housed in a converted Victorian farmhouse on the outskirts of Nottingham, the 32-seat restaurant is renowned for its trademark tasting menus that include a degustation menu offering diners a taste of 12 different courses.
Bains told Cateresearch he was "absolutely blown away" by the accolade. "It's a great testament to what we are doing here at the restaurant and it's fantastic to be recognised in this way," he said.
"When I found out I was totally speechless, which to those who know me well is a very rare occurrence."
Four AA rosettes were awarded to Claude Bosi's two-Michelin-starred restaurant Hibiscus and French chef Hélène Darroze's Michelin-starred restaurant at the Connaught hotel, both in London; as well as Michael Wignall at the Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey.
The five AA rosette winner for 2009:
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
The three AA rosette winners for 2009:
The Church Green, Lymm, Cheshire
Auberge du Lac, Welwyn, Hertfordshire
The Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Bath
The Burlington Restaurant at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Casamia Restaurant, Bristol
Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere, Cumbria
Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Kinloch Lodge, Isleornsay, Highland
Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire
The Peat Inn, Peat Inn, Fife
Seaham Hall Hotel - The White Room Restaurant, Seaham, County Durham
By Kerstin Kühn
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