The finalists of four AA Hospitality Awards have been announced, with a number of boutique hotels across the UK making the final cut.
With just over a month to go until the winners are revealed, the four categories – AA Food Service Award, AA Housekeeper of the Year Award, AA Eco Hotel of the Year and the AA Spirit Award – now consist of three finalists from which one winner will be chosen and unveiled at the ceremony on October 5 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
In the mix are top boutique hotels including Belmond Le Manoir aux Quats’ Saisons, Oxford, The Savoy, London and Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, one of the newest members of Pride of Britain Hotels.
The shortlist for the AA Food Service Award, now in its third year, consists of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quats’ Saisons, Oxford; Jesmonde Dene House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow.
The award recognises establishments who not only deliver excellent standards of restaurant service and hospitality but also have technical service skills, food and beverage knowledge of a very high standard and a clear commitment to staff training and development.
The AA Housekeeper of the Year award shortlist this year sees Ms Gitana Cibulskiene of The Arch London; Ms Sarah Middlemass of The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews and Ms Lesley Skelt of Coworth Park, Ascot named as finalists.
The AA Eco Hotel Award acknowledges independent hotels which have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainability. The Savoy, London; Llangoed Hall, Brecon and City Hotel, Londonderry have been voted into the final this year.
Finally, the AA Spirit Award sees Rockliffe Hall, Darlington; The Churchill Bar and Terrace, London and The Grand Hotel and Spa, York make the shortlist. This award was introduced last year to recognise the promotion, education and service of spirits in the industry.
The AA Hospitality Awards take place on 5 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London and will see 23 winners receive their awards as well as the announcement of the new three, four and five AA Rosettes and AA Red Star establishments.