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AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

About AA Rosettes

The AA Rosette award, first awarded in 1956, was the first nationwide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels. The AA's team of inspectors have an unrivalled wealth of experience in assessing quality throughout the UK so receiving the award is a huge achievement not to be underestimated. The Rosette is an award, not a classification: Rosettes are awarded on a rising scale based on a meal visit by one or more of our inspectors.

The criteria

  • Only restaurants which are open a minimum of 4 days per week to the general public will be considered, and service needs to be either lunch or dinner or a combination of both.
  • Restaurants which are within a hotel, B&B, inn or any establishment with rooms will require membership to the appropriate accommodation scheme.
  • It is entirely at the discretion of the AA whether a visit will take place and in what time frame.
  • If an inspector visits and an award of 1 or 2 Rosettes is made, you will be notified in writing.


Multiple restaurants within one establishment

In the case of an AA rated hotel or guest accommodation with a Rosette award having more than one restaurant and wishing to have the food at the second restaurant tested for a Rosette award, this restaurant must have:

  • A different head chef to the other restaurant.
  • A separate kitchen.
  • A different food style. 
  • All other Rosette criteria apply.


Being assessed for an AA Rosette award

Unfortunately, the AA no longer accept recommendations or applications for the Rosette award. They receive a high number of requests each year to visit restaurants and appreciate that it is a popular award. However, restaurants are only selected for inspection by the local AA inspector.

The inspector endeavours to keep fully appraised of the restaurants in their geographical area. Should you receive an incognito visit and be successful in achieving a Rosette award, the inspector will let you know at the time.

Once part of the scheme, standalone restaurants (those who are not part of an AA-inspected accommodation scheme) will be subject to an annual admin fee, which helps cover the cost of inspection as well as the Rosette plate.

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