Guides: AA 2016 ~ The results


The AA 2016 Restaurant Guide.

And so to the final major guide to be launched this year, The AA 2016 Restaurant Guide.

The AA are the only major guide which hold an annual event, which usually coincides with the Restaurant show, hence the reason if you’re on Twitter, you’ll see lots of chefs broadcasting their lunches etc.

So 1,100 industry bods descend onto the Ballroom at the Grosvenor House,London, where not only will they discover the new rosettes, but also Red star awards.

New 3 AA Rosettes:

  • Merchant’s Tavern, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • London House, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Timberyard, Edinburgh (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Typing Room, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Lord Clyde, Cheshire (although already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Hampton Manor, Warwickshire (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • New  Angel, London (Now Closed) (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Bulgari Hotel – Rivea, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • The 5 Fields, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Tiroran House, Isle of Mull, (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Gravetye Manor, Sussex (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Swinfen Hall, Staffordshire (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Storrs Hall, Cumbria (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • The Goring, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Fonab Castle, Scotland (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • House of Tides, Tyne & Wear (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Little Social, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • City Social, London (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Old Downton Lodge, Shropshire (NEW)
  • The Cellar, Scotland (NEW)
  • Eipic, Belfast (NEW)
  • The Boathouse, County Down (NEW)
  • The Horn of Plenty, Devon (NEW)
  • Amaya, London (NEW)
  • Lickfold Inn, Sussex (NEW)
  • Sudbury House – Restaurant 56, Oxfordshire (NEW)
  • Cail Bruich, Glasgow (NEW)
  • Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland (NEW)
  • Glen Galgorm Resort – River Room, Northern Ireland (NEW)
  • L’Ortolan, Reading (formerly 4rosettes) (NEW)
  • The Great House, Suffolk (NEW)
  • Rockliffe Hall – The Orangery, Co Durham (NEW)
  • The Coach Marlow, Berkshire (NEW)
  • The Old Butchers, Angelsea (NEW)
  • Kingham Plough, Gloucestershire (NEW)
  • Marmadukes Hotel – The Park Restaurant, Yorkshire (NEW)
  • Compleat Angler, Berkshire (NEW)
  • Restaurant James Sommerin, Wales (NEW)

New 4 AA Rosettes

  • The Burlington restaurant at the Devonshire Arms hotel, Yorkshire (already announced in the 2015 release)
  • Ynyshir Hall, Wales (NEW)
  • Stovells, Surrey (NEW)
  • Alyn Williams at The Westbury (reviewed here), London (NEW)
  • Fera at Claridges, London (NEW)
  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (NEW)
  • The Ledbury, London (NEW)
  • Fraiche, Mersyside (NEW)

New 5 AA Rosettes

  • The Kitchin, Scotland (NEW)
  • Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (NEW)

Chef of the Year

  • Daniel Clifford, Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire

AA Restaurant of the Year

  • England: House of Tides, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Wales: Coast restaurant, Saundersfoot
  • Scotland: The Gannet, Glasgow
  • London: Tredwell’s London
Comment

Congratulations to all the new recipients of 3,4 & 5 rosettes. Now let’s address the elephants in the room. The New Angel has been awarded 3 rosettes for the AA 2016 guide, despite it being closed. This is partially due to the fact that the guide went to press early this year, but also that there is something not quite right in Notting Hill. The New Angel account tweeted  this in June:

We’re now in October & there is nothing to report, rumour has it that former 2 Michelin star chef, John Burton Race, is, as politicians would say ‘without portfolio’.

As was probably predicted, there were a few demotions. L’Ortolan going from 4 to 3rosettes after Alan Murchinson’s departure, and the lack of stability at Coworth Park has finally seen them settle in at 2 rosettes, falling out of the top 10%. There was also no mention of the Wild Rabbit, maybe they have had their rosettes suspended whilst they have a change of chef; Tim Allen from Launceston Place is replacing Tony Parkin (more on that story in a future post).

One of the surprises of the evening is the lack of promotion of John Campbell’s Woodspeen, especially after recent Michelin success, from 2 to 3rosettes in the AA 2016 guide.

Compared to Michelin, the AA 2016 guide seem to have got the bum’s rush & come over all generous. Casually garnishing us with two new 5rosettes & a plethora of 3s & 4s. As Clare Smyth has recently announced her resignation from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, will this impact the newly awarded gongs? The Ledbury has finally been promoted to something which is vaguely comparable to its 2Michelin star status.

Until I can get my hands on a copy of the guide or a press release, I won’t be able to tell you deletions & demotions, but for all those that have entered the top 10% club, well done & congratulations.

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