Northeast Hotel and Restaurant Awarded Prestigious AA Rosette

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Celebrations are underway at the Newmachar Hotel in Aberdeenshire, with the venue’s restaurant awarded an AA Rosette.

The restaurant, known as The Scullery, is run by multi-award-winning chef Graham Mitchell, who joined the hotel team in March 2019.

It offers extensive seasonal menus with dishes to suit all tastes, from long-standing classics to a selection of contemporary chef’s specials.

The hotel itself, located on Oldmeldrum Road and owned by Linda and Grant Wright, also scored a win and is now an AA rated four star hostel.

Inside the scullery.

An anonymous inspector visited the establishment on Sunday, reviewing the quality of the food served, and the team was briefed on their successes on Monday morning.

AA Success

Announcing the victories on social media, the Newmachar hotel team wrote: “So the real ‘hotel inspector’ paid us an incognito visit a few days ago and today it happened by the post office !

“We are now officially an AA 4* rated hostel, but undoubtedly the crowning glory is the special recognition of our culinary excellence.

“We are extremely proud to have received a Rosette award. This has been Chef Graham’s ambition since he arrived at the Newmachar Hotel a few years ago.

“Circumstances have delayed the process, but the wait makes it all the more enjoyable now. Take a massive bow.

Graham, 36, has won numerous awards over the years for her culinary skills.

His long career has seen him become one of the key figures putting the food industry on the map in the North East.

Speaking on the wins, Graham says he is “absolutely over the moon”.

“I have worked hard to up the game and grow Newmachar’s food offering over the years, having won several awards for the hotel now and really putting the hotel on the map as one of the best restaurants in the Grampians “, he added.

“These wins are a real asset to the hotel because every time we win an award, it attracts more guests who may not have tried us before.

Left to right, Jack Morrison, Graham Mitchell and Kayne Smith.

“I would like to thank Grant and Linda for their support and trust in me, Craig Strathie for his excellent service, and Kayne Smith and Jack Morrison (my two chefs in the kitchen who execute my standards every time).”

What is an AA rosette?

Each year, food establishments in the UK are awarded the AA Rosette scheme.

Created in 1956, the rosettes aim to assess the quality of the food served by restaurants and hotels.

According to the AA Restaurant Guide, success or failure in earning Rosettes is based on one or more visits by an AA inspector to a hotel or restaurant.

About 10% of restaurants in the country are of a standard worthy of a rosette and above.


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