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AA Rosette Awards explained

29th Sep 2023

AA Guides are the widely respected rating systems for restaurants and hotels used to showcase their achieved status. 

Rosettes reflect a restaurant’s status and Stars reflect hotel accommodation. Inspectors are announced pre their inspection visit and restaurants and hotels pay to go in the guides. 

When areas of concern are uncovered, the AA offers consultancy training and advice. Guides are sold in book format and can be accessed online or by app. Ratings for restaurants are scaled by rosettes from one to five. Receiving three, four or five Rosettes is a huge achievement only attained by the top 10% of restaurants around.

5 Rosettes: 

The pinnacle, where cooking compares with the best in the world. These restaurants have highly individual voices, exhibit breathtaking culinary skills, and set standards to which others aspire to, yet few achieve.

Restaurants listed in the AA Restaurant Guide 2024 with five Rosettes: 18

4 Rosettes: 

Among the top restaurants in the UK, where the cooking demands national recognition. These restaurants exhibit intense ambition, a passion for excellence, superb technical skills, and remarkable consistency. They will combine appreciation of culinary traditions with a passionate desire for further exploration and improvement. There are very few restaurants with four AA Rosettes.

Restaurants listed in the AA Restaurant Guide 2024 with four Rosettes: 52

3 Rosettes:

Outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will be consistently excellent. These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list. Around 10% of the restaurants/hotels within the AA Restaurant Guide have three Rosettes and above.

Restaurants listed in the AA Restaurant Guide 2024 with three Rosettes: 248

2 Rosettes: 

Excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency. A greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients. Around 40% of restaurants/hotels within our AA Restaurant Guide have two Rosettes.

1 Rosette: 

These restaurants achieve standards that stand out in their local area. They serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. The same expectations apply to hotel restaurants, where guests can eat in with confidence and a sense of anticipation. Around 50% of restaurants/hotels within our AA Restaurant Guide have one Rosette.

Announcement of awards

One and two Rosettes are awarded at the time of inspection. Three and four Rosette awards are announced twice during the year, but never at the time of inspection. Five Rosettes are awarded just once during a year, and never at the time of inspection.

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