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What are Rosettes and how do you achieve one?

The long-established Rosette scheme celebrates successful cooking at different levels across the UK.

The Rosette award explained

Whether a Rosette is achieved is determined by an AA inspector during one or more visits to a hotel or restaurant. The visit is essentially a snapshot whereby the entire meal, including ancillary items (when served), is assessed.



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.


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.


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.


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.


5 Rosettes

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

Presentation 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.


Suspension of three, four and five Rosettes

When a chef holds three, four or five Rosettes and moves from one establishment to another, the award is suspended at the hotel/restaurant they have just left.

The award does not follow the chef either.

We therefore recommend that establishments inform us of a change of chef as soon as possible, in order to schedule a forthcoming inspection.



College Rosettes


The College Rosette award explained

The AA College Rosette Scheme has been designed to reflect current industry trends within realistic working environments. Service, hospitality and kitchen management form the basis of the award, which is formed of two levels, with an additional ‘AA recommended’ level for those colleges who are working towards their goals of a higher award but have received an inspection.

The process mirrors the current industry recognition, with the first level relating in principle to the AA’s 1 Rosette award, and the second tier including elements of higher Rosette levels. Qualified AA hotel and restaurant inspectors with relevant industry experience carry out the inspection visits and take a balanced view between lunch and dinner service.

AA Recommended

Establishments will have a clear and recognised commitment to students and the industry. The restaurant will have had an inspection as part of the programme, however requires greater strength and confidence before an award can be given.

The restaurant will be working towards either the level 1 or 2 award.


AA College Rosette – Award

Restaurants serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. These restaurants will be achieving standards that stand out in their local area and within the currently benchmarked colleges.

Guests within these restaurants should be able to dine with confidence and a sense of anticipation for cuisine prepared and served with care and attention to detail.


AA College Rosette – Highly Commended

The above criteria in addition to the main award, restaurants at this level will show confidence and clear structure in their RWEs. The learning environment in addition to the facility will be appropriate to the target markets and indeed to learning.

Restaurants will have an excellent grasp of commercial sense and can compete well within a true restaurant environment.

Restaurants at this level are likely to have a clear brand and excellent links to industry where this is exploited to benefit the students greatly. Service levels highly polished, with clear support from lecturers and notable peer to peer learning/training.