The winners of the AA hospitality Awards 2018 were revealed at last night’s ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.
The awards were presented by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman, and recognised winners across 12 categories, as well as the recipients of the latest round of four and five rosettes and five red stars.
Leading the winners was John Strauss, former general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel London Park Lane, who was at the helm for 25 years, and as a result picked up the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.
Claude Bosi, chef-patron of Claude Bosi at Bibendum, was named Chefs’ Chef of the Year.
AA Hotel of the Year for England went to Great Fosters in Egham, Surrey, while AA Hotel Group of the Year was awarded to Harbour Hotels.
Commenting on the win, Mike Warren, managing director of Harbour Hotels, said: “I am thrilled to be receiving this award on behalf of the entire Harbour Hotels team. To be recognised within this forum, alongside our highly esteemed industry colleagues, is a true honour.
“It is thanks to the vision of our chairman that we have been able to grow so significantly and consistently over the last few years. I would like to acknowledge every member of our Harbour Hotels teams, as well as our trusted suppliers – a very sincere thank you to all of you.”
The awards ceremony, which marked the release of the 2019 editions of the AA Hotel Guide and AA Best Restaurants Guide, also saw three businesses – Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London; Core by Clare Smyth, London; and Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Ormskirk – receive five AA rosettes.
Seven restaurants collected four rosettes and 28 received three rosettes.
The full list of AA award winners for 2018 were:
AA Hotel of the Year
AA Hotel of the Year for England – Great Fosters hotel, Egham, Surrey
AA Hotel of the Year for London – Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland – Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, St Andrews
AA Hotel of the Year for Wales – Trefeddian hotel, Aberdovey, Gwynedd
AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland – Bishop’s Gate hotel, Derry-Londonderry
AA Restaurant of the Year
AA Restaurant of the Year for England – Sorrel, Dorking, Surrey
AA Restaurant of the Year for London – Sabor
AA Restaurant of the Year for Scotland – The Newport restaurant, Newport-on-Tay, Fife
AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales – Machine House restaurant, Wrexham
AA Pub of the Year
AA Pub of the Year for England – The Crafty Baa, Windermere, Cumbria
AA Pub of the Year for Scotland – The Pot Still, Glasgow
AA Pub of the Year for Wales – The Nags Head Inn, Garthmyl, Montgomery
AA Chef of the Year
Claude Bosi, chef-patron, Claude Bosi at Bibendum, London
AA Lifetime Achievement Award
John Stauss, former general manager, Four Seasons Hotel London Park Lane
AA Hotel Group of the Year
Harbour Hotels Group
AA Housekeeper of the Year Award
Ewa Bialonas, head housekeeper, Hambleton Hall, Oakham
AA Eco Hotel of the Year
Oakley Court, Windsor, Berkshire
AA Wine Award
AA Wine Award for England – The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire
AA Wine Award for Scotland – Timberyard, Edinburgh
AA Wine Award for Wales – Park House restaurant, Cardiff
AA College Restaurant of the Year
The Brasserie, Milton Keynes College
AA Foodservice Award
AA Customer Choice
Sofitel London St James