Westcountry restaurants scoop AA rosette awards
Two Westcountry restaurants have been awarded prestigious accolades marking them as serving some of the best food in the UK.
Lewtrenchard Manor at Lewdown, Devon, and Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow, Cornwall, have each been named as achieving three AA Rosette standard.
The former was celebrated for its combination of an ancient setting, a four century-old Jacobean manor, and the best in up-to-date cuisine.
According to the AA: "New chef John Hooker makes good use of regional supply lines (and the walled kitchen garden) to deliver bright modern dishes.
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"If the exclusivity of the chef's table concept appeals, the Purple Carrot private dining room provides an interactive experience with the chefs via a wall of split-screen TVs." Meanwhile, the AA praised Mr Ainsworth, who represented the South West in the BBC's Great British Menu, saying his profile is "on the rise."
With a nod to the impact of Rick Stein, the most famous chef in the seaside resort, it adds: "You might even say he'd put Padstow on the map, if it wasn't already on it."
AA hotel services manager Simon Numphud said all their latest rosette awards had demonstrated "a high level of consistency and accuracy in the overall cooking standards that our inspection team have experienced".
He added: "Restaurants serving food of a three Rosette standard are worthy of recognition from well beyond their local area and I am delighted that these very deserving restaurants have been acknowledged for their efforts." AA Rosettes are awarded solely by the organisation's hotel and restaurant inspectors with no influence from hotels, restaurants or other guides.