Scottish Restaurants awarded AA Rosettes

Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond
Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond

Scotland bags AA Rosettes for countryside hotels and restaurants

MARTIN Wishart at Loch Lomond, Balloch, was awarded four AA Rosettes. Wishart, a renowned chef, who also has The Shore restaurant in Edinburgh, The Honours in Edinburgh and Glasgow, already has one Michelin star covering two restaurants. He won the title of AA Chefs’ chef of the year 2010-2011. AA inspectors recognised how head chef Graeme Cheevers brings ‘his own productive energies to the Wishart style, which matches a strong commitment to natural produce with head-turning visual display.’

The Scottish restaurants awarded three AA Rosettes were Crossbasket Castle, Blantyre and Inver Restaurant, Strachur.

Crossbasket Castle’s restaurant is overseen by the legendary French chef Albert Roux’s son – Michel Roux Jr – and run by executive head chef Alex Thain. Inspectors said: ‘There’s evidence of classical thinking on the menu, alongside a light modern touch and contemporary ideas, and the wine list covers the globe while remaining true to the auld alliance.’

Crossbasket Castle
Crossbasket Castle

Inver Restaurant is owned by Pam Brunton and Rob Latimer. Brunton spent time at Noma in Copenhagen. The AA said: ‘The menu reflects the seasons and the local terroir, and modern cooking techniques enhance the ingredients to maximum affect.  Children have their own wee menu, and the wine list, like everything else here, lifts the spirits.’

Inver Restaurant
Inver Restaurant

Restaurants awarded three AA Rosettes are all outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand national recognition well beyond their local area while those achieving four AA Rosettes are among the top restaurants in the country.

The AA also announced a new Five Rosette award this month for the first time. The restaurant achieving this coveted five AA Rosette award is Gidleigh Park in Devon. Michael Wignall is one of the country’s most respected chefs. He moved to Gidleigh Park in January 2016 and is well known for having a great respect for food and an ever evolving style which creates unique dishes full of flavour, underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine.

Four AA Rosette restaurants:
Morston Hall, Blakeney, Norfolk
Typing Room, London E2

Three AA Rosette restaurants are:
AG’s Restaurant at Alexander House Hotel, Turners Hill, Crawley
Anglo, London EC1
Boringdon Hall Hotel (Gallery Restaurant), Plymouth
Bovey Castle, Moretonhampstead
Céleste at The Lanesborough, London SW1
The Elderflower Restaurant, Lymington
The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, Taunton
The Olive Room, Ilfracombe
The Square, London W1
Tuddenham Mill, Newmarket


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