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Culinary excellence is recognised

An award-winning restaurant at a stately home on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border is celebrating the sweet taste of success after scooping a major accolade for culinary excellence.

The Granary at Weston Park has been awarded a highly sought-after AA Rosette after impressing the award inspectors. The scheme was established in 1956 and is the first of its kind in the UK.

Martin Page, general manager (Food & Beverage) at Weston Park, said: “We are over the moon to be awarded an AA Rosette. It is brilliant news, and confirmation that the food we serve is among the best in the area.

“The Granary is going from strength to strength. We focus on offering excellent seasonal food in a relaxed atmosphere, using produce grown in our own walled garden and orchards or sourced from trusted artisan suppliers.

“Achieving this award is a testament to the hard work, vision and skill of our head chef Anna Moore and her team."

Holders of the one rosette award ‘achieve standards that stand out in their local area.  They serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill.’

The restaurant will now be able to display the rosette on its menus and marketing materials and will also receive a commemorative porcelain plate. Only about 10 per cent of restaurants in the UK achieve the standards needed to qualify for an AA Rosette.

Martin added: “This is more great news for the restaurant, after picking up a silver award from the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food awards earlier in the year. We won't be resting on our laurels though and will work tirelessly to make sure we maintain these high standards.”

Pictured: Martin Page with Weston Park head chef Anna Moore