Early this morning the AA released their January revisions. One can’t help but look at the list and think that the AA has one eye on a rival guide, Michelin. With the promotion of The Greenhouse from 3 to 4 rosettes, it just shows yet again how out of touch the AA really is. Arnaud Bignon collected 2 Michelin stars in September, only to be given 3 AA rosettes days earlier. There are numerous occasions where many have felt the AA has dropped the ball; that coupled with the elephant in the room, which just wont go away – consultancy & paid inspections.
According to Simon Numphud’s (Hotel Services Manager at AA Hotel Services.) twitter timeline the new revisions look like this:
New 4 AA Rosettes:
- The Greenhouse, Mayfair
New 3 AA Rosettes:
- The Bingham, London
- Restaurant Adam, Birmingham
- The Devonshire Arms, Yorkshire
- Lower slaughter manor, Cotswolds
- HKK, London
- Hedone, London
- Ormer, Jersey
- Restaurant Story,London
- Bo, London
- Black swan, Helmsley
- Restaurant Tristan, Horsham
- The Grove, Narbeth
- The Lovat, Loch Ness
- Design House restaurant, Halifax
- Roux at Parliment Square, London
- Galvin at Windows, London
- The Black Swan, Oldstead
- Fallowfields, Oxfordshire
What makes the list all the more interesting, is the omissions. The lack of anything for Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, Billy Reid Danesfield House (although this maybe too soon, as he’s only just been confirmed as Adam Simmonds replacement) or Simon Rogan at The Midland Hotel.
Congratulations to all the winners, I’d like to think these awards were achieved with hard work & skill, but as the AA wont reveal who pays for their consultancy, I’ll never really know.
Predictions for the main event in 2014, concerning guides? The Good Food Guide will over take the AA rosettes, in terms of credibility, to become second only to Michelin.