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AA Hospitality Awards 2023

It's glitzy. It's glamorous. Claudia Winkleman was there, obviously!
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London. 25 September. The Crème de la Crème of the UK hospitality industry gathered at JW Marriott Grosvenor House tonight for the highly anticipated AA Hospitality Awards 2023 hosted by AA Hotel & Hospitality Services. The glittering awards ceremony, presented by TV presenter and broadcaster Claudia Winkleman, celebrated the UK’s top hotels, spas, restaurants, and pubs and the people behind them.

In a dazzling showcase of excellence, the awards hosted around 1,000 guests to honour the outstanding contributions to the UK’s hospitality sector, spanning an impressive array of fifteen categories. The night’s highlights included the crowning of AA Restaurant of the Year, AA Hotel of the Year, AA Accessible Award, AA Spa Hotel of the Year, AA Wine Award, AA Chefs’ Chef, AA Lifetime Achievement Award, AA Sustainable Award and AA Housekeeper of the Year.

Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media said: “It’s a delight to be back at Grosvenor House as we mark the greatest hospitality celebration across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The last year has been tough on the hospitality industry as we’ve felt, like many others, the challenges facing businesses. Yet I’m so proud of the resilience, innovation and quality shown by the UK hospitality industry in response. We would like to extend a massive congratulations all the winners and shortlisted establishments for their hard work, passion, and dedication.”

The AA introduced the renowned star rating scheme for quality in 1908 and have continued to shine a well-deserved spotlight on individuals and establishments who consistently deliver excellence to their guests. The AA Hospitality Awards, now celebrated as the pinnacle of recognition in the industry, have once again showcased the innovation, dedication, and brilliance that define the UK’s hospitality landscape. As the stars of hospitality continue to rise, these awards have cemented their place as the ultimate authority in recognising excellence, setting the gold standard for hotels and restaurants across the nation. This year, the AA is celebrating 115 years of recognising excellence in hospitality.

AA Hospitality Awards – 2023 winners
The full list of this year’s AA Hospitality Awards winners can also be found here.

Chefs’ Chef

Paul Ainsworth of Paul Ainsworth at No.6

Accessible Award
Pan Pacific London, London

Sustainable Award
THE PIG Hotel Group

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jonathan Raggett, Red Carnation Hotels

Outstanding Contribution Award

Angela Hartnett

Housekeeper of the Year

Nicola Burton from Hartwell House & Spa, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Congratulations to Nicola. We’ve stayed in Hartwell House. It’s fabulous.

The Jackdaw, Conwy

The Old Stamp House Restaurant

Restaurant of the Year
England – The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside
London – Chutney Mary, London

The Jackdaw, Conwy

Wales – The Jackdaw, Conwy
Scotland – Cail Bruich, Glasgow

Cail Bruich, Glasgow

Killeavy Castle Estate

Forest Side

Hotel of the Year
England – Forest Side, Grasmere
London – The Lanesborough, London

The Lanesborough, London

Fingal, Scotland

Wales – Penally Abbey Hotel, Penally
Scotland – Fingal, Leith, Edinburgh
Northern Ireland – Killeavy Castle Estate, Killeavy

Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms

Restaurant with Rooms
England – The New Inn, Hereford
Wales – Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach
Scotland – The Witchery, Edinburgh

Spa Hotel of the Year
South Lodge, West Sussex

Group of the Year
The Coaching Inn Group

Small Hotel Group of the Year
Crerar Hotels

Food Service Award
The Strathearn, The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder
Arkle, The Chester Grosvenor
Woven by Adam Smith, Coworth Park

Pale Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Wine Award
England – Allium at Askham Hall, Cumbria
Wales – Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Gwynedd
Scotland – The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh

@thirty-four, Exeter College

College Restaurant of the Year
@thirty-four Restaurant, Exeter College
Senara Restaurant, Truro & Penwith
The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College
Great to see The Classroom here. Full marks! They’re just down the road from us.

New 5 Rosettes
Muse, London
Steve Smith at Latymer, Surrey

New 4 Rosettes 
The Cellar, Fife
Where The Light Gets In, Manchester
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire
MO, Dormy House, Worcestershire
The Samling, Cumbria
Ben Wilkinson at The Pass, West Sussex

New 3 Rosettes
Next Door, Cheshire
1863 Restaurant with Rooms, Cumbria  
The Wildebeest, Norfolk
The George at Alstonefield, Staffordshire.
Forge, North Yorkshire
The Lantern Room, West Yorkshire
1921 Angel Hill, Suffolk
Restaurant Roots, Dorset
The Cottage in the Wood, Worcestershire
The Idle Rocks Restaurant, Cornwall
The New Inn, Herefordshire
The Lanesborough Grill, London
The Cygnet at The Swan Inn, Oxfordshire  
Crockers Tring, Hertfordshire
8 By Andrew Sheridan, Liverpool
The Newport Restaurant, Fife
Legacy, North Yorkshire
London Stock Restaurant, London
The Clock House, Surrey
The Bulls Head, Derbyshire
Behind, London
The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire
Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai, Cumbria
The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel, Hampshire 
Culture Restaurant, Cornwall
The Killingworth Castle, Wootton, Oxfordshire
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Oxfordshire
The Ethicurean, Bristol

Penally Abbey

New 5 Red Stars
Crossbasket Castle, South Lanarkshire

New 4 Red Stars
The Fish Hotel, Worcestershire
Thornbury Castle Hotel, Gloucestershire

The full list of this year’s AA Hospitality Awards winners can be found by clicking here.

Congratulations to all!
Especially delighted to see a few Welsh names in the running.