The AA Rosette Awards 2021
Every year, we celebrate the very best restaurants with the AA Rosette Awards. AA Rosettes recognise culinary excellence and are awarded annually based on a meal visit by one or more of the AA's team of inspectors, who have an unrivalled wealth of experience in assessing quality throughout the UK.
Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria
Forest Side lives up to its name with its wonderful verdant setting – the spacious dining room celebrates views of both the garden and surrounding forest. Expect solid technical skills and big flavours from Paul Leonard’s 8- or 4-course tasting menus conjured from high quality local ingredients.
Mana, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Mana’s open island-style kitchen is populated by chefs that send out highly accomplished Nordic-inspired cooking. The multi-course menus are defined by the cycle of the seasons, delivering dishes that are technical, intelligent and masterfully constructed to balance flavours and textures.
Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket, Suffolk
With its framework of exposed beams, bare black tables and magical setting, Tuddenham Mill creates a stylish ambience for its diners. Chef Patron Lee Bye and the team pluck much of what they serve from the Tuddenham Mill gardens, creating refined food that’s as imaginative as it is delicious.
Chutney Mary, SW1, London
This elegant St James’s restaurant uses the finest ingredients to provide a complete and creative Indian culinary experience, reflecting the country’s regional styles and nuances. The main dining provides a classy setting, complete with soft lighting and mirrored columns.
Farmyard, Norwich, Norfolk
A relaxed bistro experience is combined with the top-quality produce and flavours usually found in gastronomic fine-dining in this Norwich-based ‘bistronomy’-style restaurant. Everything is prepared from scratch in the open kitchen – the menus evolve constantly to reflect the produce in season.
KOL Restaurant, W1, London
KOL’s Chef Patron, Santiago Lastra, presents a new take on Mexican food, serving up beautifully plated dishes that express Mexican culture and innovation, created with the finest British ingredients. Choose the Chef’s Table Experience for a truly immersive insight into the restaurant’s origins.
Myrtle Restaurant, W1, London
Chelsea’s Myrtle Restaurant is the first solo venture of Irish-born chef, Anna Haugh (known to a wider audience from her appearances on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen). Offering Modern European cooking with an Irish influence, Myrtle creates a relaxed dining atmosphere to accompany its sophisticated yet informal dishes.
Ormer Mayfair, W1, London
Omer Mayfair ticks all the fine dining boxes you’d expect from its exclusive postcode. Executive Chef Sofian Msetfi offers a range of exciting tasting menus – his impeccable modern British dishes boast the best of seasonal and locally sourced produce.
L’Ortolan, Shinfield, Berkshire
This Grade II listed country-house style restaurant has been synonymous with modern British gastronomy since the 1980s. Now headed up by the young and very talented Head Chef, James Greatorex, enjoy traditional flavours combined with sophisticated, very contemporary recipes.
Pentonbridge Inn, Pentonbridge, Cumbria
Located on the border between England and Scotland, this fully refurbished inn is renowned for its refined yet relaxed dining. The imaginative menu has been created to highlight fantastic local suppliers – much of the produce is sourced from the Walled Garden at nearby Netherby Hall.
Petrus by Gordon Ramsay, SW1, London
Petrus by Gordon Ramsay offers an exceptional fine dining experience, serving top-class French cuisine in the heart of London’s Belgravia. The spectacular circular dining room has a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar in its centre, the contents of which are reflected in the outstanding wine list.
Roots York, York, North Yorkshire
Sister restaurant to the celebrated Black Swan at Oldstead, Roots occupies a characterful 19th-century building in the heart of historic York. There’s just one (seasonal tasting) menu on offer, with the dishes showcasing inventive flavour pairings created with produce grown on the chef’s family farm.
SO LA, W1, London
Experience an authentic piece of California, delivered with a dash of theatre in this intimate dining room in the heart of Soho. The contemporary cooking that characterises The Golden State is enhanced by the restaurant’s abundant plants and sculptural lighting, taking guests on a very special trip.
Station Road, Fort Augustus, Highland
Station Road’s impressive surroundings on the edge of Loch Ness are reflected impeccably in its imaginative menu. Foraged ingredients, locally sourced seafood and produce from the garden feature strongly in Head Chef Sean Kelly’s cooking, and the results are outstanding.
The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court, York, North Yorkshire
Overlooking York’s famous city walls, The Bow Room Restaurant is part of Grays Court – the city’s oldest inhabited house. The skilful contemporary dishes served by Chef Adam Jackson and the team create a delightful contrast to the historic setting, with many of the ingredients coming from the impressive kitchen garden.
The Clock House, Ripley, Surrey
Named after its signature clock, The Clock House is a relaxed and welcoming fine dining restaurant housed in an elegant Georgian building. Head Chef Paul Nicholson leads the kitchen, specialising in serving dishes where simplicity, flavour and a lightness of touch reign supreme.
The Grill at the Dorchester, W1, London
This revamped restaurant at the heart of The Dorchester presents the talented young chef Tom Booton’s interpretation of a modern-day British grill. Sit in front of the open kitchen to be close to the action – the fresh energy from the team contributes to a warm and vibrant dining experience.
The Princess of Shoreditch, EC2, London
The Princess of Shoreditch dates back to 1742, and is deservedly renowned as a top-drawer gastro pub. Enjoy the delights of the ground floor bar menu, or ascend the spiral staircase to the candlelit dining room, where a super-seasonal menu focused on British provenance is delivered by Great British Menu’s Ruth Hansom.
UNALOME by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow, Glasgow
This light-filled corner of Sauchiehall Street is the first solo restaurant of Chef Patron Graeme Cheevers. With a ‘farm to fork’ approach, sustainability is central to UNALOME’s ethos – watch the chefs conjure up modern European dishes underpinned by classic techniques, using top-class Scottish produce.
The AA Restaurant Guide 2022
AA Rosettes have been awarded to restaurants since 1956, with the top award of five Rosettes being introduced in 1991.
The announcement of the latest AA Rosette winners accompanies the release of The Restaurant Guide 2022 on 28 October 2021. The Restaurant Guide 2022 features all current AA Rosette holders, recognising the top dining destinations across the UK and Ireland.