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Relais & Châteaux Establishments honoured by AA Hospitality Awards

September 27, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Five of the top awards went to Relais & Châteaux members, six Relais & Châteaux restaurants added to their rosette tally, and one Relais & Châteaux hotel became AA Red Star rated (for “the very best in the British Isles”) bringing the total of Red-Star Relais & Châteaux properties across the UK and Ireland to 24.
Gravetye Manor was named Hotel of the Year; Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons won Eco Hotel of the Year; The Waterside Inn took the Food Service Award.  Summer Lodge is a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection which won Small Hotel Group of the Year.  The AA’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa’s Harry Murray, hailed as “truly one of the great leaders and ambassadors of the hotel industry.”

Relais & Châteaux members gaining new recognition for their food included Gidleigh Park where Michael Caines is promoted to the coveted five Rosettes, an elite group of only 11 restaurants (including two Relais & Châteaux members).  Cliff House Hotel in Ireland (Martijn Kajuiter) joins the AA’s four Rosettes category (29 restaurants in the UK & Ireland, including four Relais & Châteaux members).  Restaurants elevated to the three-Rosette level included Airds Hotel & Restaurant (David Barnett), Gilpin Lodge (Phil Cubin), Glenapp Castle (Matt Worswick) and The Royal Crescent (David Campbell).

Malcolm Lewis, chairman of the UK Steering Committee for Relais & Châteaux paid tribute to the award winners.  ‘The achievement by our UK members never fails to impress me and this year is no exception.  These fantastic awards are well deserved and I salute my colleagues.  Their commitment to excellence and Relais & Chateaux’s art de vivre values helps us to live up to our reputation as the world’s finest collection of hotels and restaurants.’

For reservations/information about Relais & Chateaux www.relaischateaux.com or call 00800 2000 0002 (toll free for calls from the UK).

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