The great and good of the hospitality industry came together in London this week to celebrate the winner of the AA Hospitality Awards 2016.
Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, the winners of the 23 awards were recognised for their hard work and expertise in the fields.
Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry professionals involved in the judging process, winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category, having shown a significant improvement in the preceding 12 – 18 months and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences. From top hotels and restaurants to the best of British pubs and college restaurants the AA Hospitality Awards celebrate everything that is great in British hospitality. All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2017 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event.
Guests at the event, hosted by Hugh Dennis, were treated to a gastronomic menu created by the 2015 AA Chefs’ Chef, Daniel Clifford.
The winners of the 2016 AA Hospitality Awards are:
AA Chef of the Year 2016 – Simon Rogan
Simon is one of the most creative and dynamic chefs working in the UK today and his food has made an indelible impression on the country’s food scene, his influence is far-reaching.
AA Lifetime Achievement Award – Pierre Koffmann
Pierre Koffmann has been one of the undisputed heavyweights of the British restaurant scene since he arrived in England in the early 1970s. Born in Tarbes, Gascony in 1948, he was inspired by his grandmother’s method of cooking – living off the land and cooking as the seasons dictated on a big open fire. Leaving school at 14, he tried for a variety of jobs, but eventually opted for the local cookery school. Arriving in London at the age of 22, his original plan was only to stay for six months, but he quickly found a job working for Michel and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. Within six months he had been promoted to sous chef and was soon appointed head chef at the Roux Brothers’ Waterside Inn at Bray, where he stayed for five years. In 1977, he opened their first restaurant, La Tante Claire, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best dining experiences in London. Two decades later, he took up residency in the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he continued to cook until he decided to hang up his apron in 2003.
AA Hotel of the Year
AA Hotel of the Year for England (sponsored by Temple Spa) – Northcote, Langho
AA Hotel of the Year for Wales – The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland (sponsored by ReviewPro)– Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane
AA Hotel of the Year for London (sponsored by PSL) – The Beaumont
AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland – Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen
AA Restaurant of the Year
AA Restaurant of the Year for England – Lumière, Cheltenham
AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales – Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
AA Restaurant of the Year for Scotland – Inver Restaurant, Strachur
AA Restaurant of the Year for London (sponsored by Food & Travel Magazine) – Sosharu, London
AA Wine Award
AA Wine Award for England and Overall Winner – Sketch (Lecture Room and Library), London
AA Wine Award for Scotland – The Kitchin, Edinburgh
AA Wine Award for Wales – The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
AA Pub of the Year
AA Pub of the Year for England (sponsored by Cobra)– The Boot, Repton
AA Pub of the Year for Wales – Penhelig Arms, Aberdyfi
AA Pub of the Year for Scotland – The Ship Inn, Elie
AA Hotel Group of the Year – Thwaites Shire Hotels
AA Eco Hotel and Eco Hotel Group of the Year
Winner AA Eco Hotel (sponsored by Belu) – Battlesteads Hotel, Hexham
Winner AA Eco Hotel Group (sponsored by Chargemaster) – AccorHotels
AA Food Service Award – The Ritz London
AA Housekeeper of the Year Award – Nan McDowall, Crewe Hall, Crewe
AA College Restaurant Award – Foxholes Restaurant, Runshaw College
The AA also announced the restaurants that have been awarded new Four and Five rosettes as well as the new Red Star hotels.
The new Five Rosette restaurants are:
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London
Casamia Restaurant, Bristol
Restaurant Story, London
Pollen Street Social, London
The new Four Rosette restaurants are:
The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
Winteringham Fields, Winteringham
Number One The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Hampton Manor, Solihull
Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
The new Five Red Star hotels are:
The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath
South Lodge, Lower Beeding
The Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Bath
Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, ROI