AA Restaurant Guide 2024: 'Delightful' Merseyside restaurant handed coveted three AA rosettes

The renowned eatery was Merseyside's only new multi-rosette-winning restaurant.
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The UK’s top restaurants and hotels have been recognised at the highly anticipated AA Rosette Awards spring update, including one Merseyside venue.

The long-established AA Rosettes scheme celebrates successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Awarded by the AA’s team of inspectors, receiving this award is a significant achievement in the industry and rosettes range from one to five.

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The latest awards ceremony, held in London, saw a number of eateries earn three AA Rosettes for outstanding quality and originality. London-based restaurant, La Dame de Pic London, was the sole restaurant achieving the prestigious award of four AA Rosettes, however, a Wirral restaurant also impressed inspectors.

The renowned Dining Room and Cellar at Hillbark Hotel & Spa in Frankby was Merseyside's only new multi-rosette-winning restaurant featured in the spring update, earning an incredible three Rosettes. Described by an AA inspector as, ' a very striking black-and-white-timbered building and fine modern British dishes,' the restaurant by Kevin Lynn offers fine dining with dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. The full AA description reads: "Originally built on Bidston Hill in 1891, the splendid Tudor Revival-style mansion of Hillbark was dismantled and moved to its current site in 1931. The house now sits in a 250-acre woodland estate and enjoys delightful views towards the River Dee and the north Wales hills.

Hillbark Hotel & Spa, Frankby, Wirral. Image: Google Street ViewHillbark Hotel & Spa, Frankby, Wirral. Image: Google Street View
Hillbark Hotel & Spa, Frankby, Wirral. Image: Google Street View

"These days Hillbark is an all-mod-cons spa hotel, and there’s a tasting menu on offer in the Dining Room and downstairs in the cosy vaulted Cellar, where two glass walls show off the wine cellar. You might find a perfectly balanced dish of oyster, shallot, dill and elderflower – delicious enough to turn any oyster 'hater', while a blue Stilton fruit loaf with honey is an unusual treat."

Full list of new 2024 AA Rosette winners

New four AA Rosettes:  

New three AA Rosettes:  

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