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We were thrilled to work with AA Media to host media for this prestigious event. Some of the greatest across the industry gathered to celebrate the innovation, dedication, and brilliance that define the UK’s hospitality landscape. This year was particularly special as it marks 115 years of the AA’s star system.
We were so inspired by the winners and the conversations we had with the fabulous restaurant/hotel owners that we were creating our own little black book of travel wish lists! Here’s a couple of the AA’s hotel and restaurant winners that will definitely feature on those lists (to cater for a range of budgets)!
AA Hospitality Awards – 2023 restaurant winners
- The Jackdaw, Conwy Wales Restaurant of the Year
You’ll find The Jackdaw discreetly housed in an unusual 1930s building, once a cinema. Climb the dark staircase to the simply decorated first-floor restaurant with its Scandinavian vibes and seasonally evolving tasting menus focus on excellent ingredients.
- Cail Bruich, Glasgow Scotland’s Restaurant of the Year
Off the main drag in Glasgow’s West End, Cail Bruich is an unassuming place offering a unique and relaxed dining experience. A typical meal might kick off with Isle of Skye langoustine, west coast brown crab, mussel and oscietra caviar, followed by Peterhead cod with heritage carrot, citrus and spiced sauce. Yorkshire rhubarb almond and ginger almond cream is one seasonal way to finish.
- The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Cumbria England’s Restaurant of the Year
At the heart of the Lake District village of Ambleside, housed in the former office of William Wordsworth, who was the Westmorland Distributor of Stamps for a time.
- The New Inn, Hereford Restaurant with Rooms of the Year – England
Originally a 16th century coaching lodge, The New Inn celebrates the rich farming heritage of rural Herefordshire.
- Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach Restaurant with Rooms – Wales
Set in beautifully landscaped grounds within a 2,000 RSPB nature reserve, Ynyshir was once owned by Queen Victoria and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. But that’s where the 19th century utopia ends as this previously whitewashed building is now painted black, fire pits burn outside, and DJs play throughout the day and evening. Ynyshir has long been on the foodie trail, however under the direction of Gareth Ward it has now moved to the forefront of the UK scene.
- The Witchery, Edinburgh Scotland’s Restaurant with Rooms of the Year
Filled with antiques, opulently draped beds, large roll-top baths and a plethora of memorabilia, this ancient and exciting establishment is often described as one of the country’s most romantic destinations.
You can find the winners and finalists on RatedTrips.com and a full list of Rosette winners in The AA Restaurant Guide 2024 which can be purchased on Amazon (£17.99).