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AA announces Rosette Awards

AA announces Rosette Awards for The Westbury and The Cliff House Hotel for culinary excellence

We are very pleased to share with you that both The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Wilde The Restaurant at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin have been awarded AA Rosettes in acknowledgement of their culinary excellence. 

Plus as an added bonus they’ve both put together exclusive offers for you our AA eZine readers.

AA Rosettes Explained:

For those of you not already familiar with the AA Rosette award system, AA Rosettes are awarded solely for the quality of a restaurant’s cooking.  A Rosette is made on the basis of one or more unannounced meal visits by our hotel and restaurant inspectors. The AA has been awarding Rosettes since 1955 and there are currently 104 Rosette Award winning restaurants in Ireland

1 AA Rosette for ‘Wilde the Restaurant’ at ‘The Westbury Hotel’

Located in the very heart of Dublin’s premier retail and cultural quarter, ‘Wilde The Restaurant’ at the world class and recently remodeled AA 5 Star Westbury Hotel, headed by Executive Chef, John Nagle has been awarded a prestigious AA Rosette for their superior fine dining experience. 

Attaining one AA Rosette standard

To specifically achieve one AA Rosette chefs need to display a mastery of basic techniques and be able to produce dishes of sound quality and clarity of flavors, using good and fresh ingredients.

A decadent yet contemporary setting

Setting the tone for the smooth service and fine dining to come, diners who enter ‘Wilde The Restaurant’ are greeted by a decadent yet contemporary setting that the flamboyant intellectual, Oscar Wilde himself, after whom the restaurant is named, no doubt would have approved. 

AA Inspectors were impressed by the range of interesting dishes such as their renowned aged Angus beef, fresh lobster, scallops, rabbit and lamb all imaginatively presented by chef Nagle and his skilled team.   The provenance of the prime Irish ingredients used throughout ‘Wilde The Restaurant’s’ modern fine dining menu was also a big hit with inspectors.

The AA Inspectors were equally quick to praise the restaurant’s friendly yet professional staff for their role in delivering what is a thoroughly enjoyable and recommended dining experience at the luxurious Westbury Hotel.

Wilde about Christmas AA Ezine Readers offer

From €299 The Wilde about Christmas package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a superior bedroom
  • 2 complimentary festive cocktails in the Marble Bar
  • 3-course Christmas dinner with tea/coffee and smashed chocolate in Wilde-The Restaurant
  • 1 bottle of selected red or white wine
  • Full Irish breakfast in Wilde – The Restaurant

AA Ezine readers will also receive two glasses of mulled wine upon arrival and a complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability.

The Wilde about Christmas package must be booked via phone +353 (0) 679 1122 or email westbury_reservations@doylecollection.com Please quote `AA Rosette` when booking to avail of the special offer.

This package is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from December 1st – 22nd December 2011, the rate quoted is subject to availability and based on two people sharing.

**Please contact Wilde – The Restaurant directly on 353 (0)1 646 3311 to make your dinner reservation.

www.wildetherestaurant.com/

www.doylecollection.com/locations/dublin_hotels/the_westbury_hotel.aspx

3 AA Rosettes for ‘The House Restaurant’ at the ‘The Cliff House Hotel’

‘The House Restaurant’ led by the Dutch culinary star, Martijn Kajuiter has been awarded the elite accolade of 3 AA Rosettes making it one of only 6 restaurants in Ireland to hold 3 AA Rosettes or higher.

Cooking that’s out on its own

Reopened just three years ago following complete reconstruction, AA Hotel Inspectors who describe Kajuiter’s cooking as being “out on its own”, were highly impressed by the restaurant’s finely tuned, seasonal and imaginative menus.

The best of local organic ingredients all sourced from within a 30 mile radius of the hotel are used across the board at ‘The House Restaurant’.  Chef Kajuiter’s passion for sourcing fresh quality ingredients is particularly evident through his assistance in establishing an organic vegetable and herb garden with St. Raphael’s Centre in nearby Youghal and the set up of his own on-site glass house for his micro herbs.  "Working with seasonal products from the Irish sea and soil" sums up the philosophy at ‘The House Restaurant’.

Attaining 3 AA Rosette standard

To specifically reach the very high standard of 3 AA Rosettes, a high degree of skill must be demonstrated in the cooking of all dishes, something which is evident right across the board at ‘The House Restaurant’ and a stunning achievement for a property which only reopened three years ago according to the AA Hotel Inspectors.

Intimate 5 star luxury

The Cliff House is also physically spectacular. Sewn into the granite cliffs of Ardmore with balconies, gardens and terraces which trickle down to the bay below, it is a breath-taking setting in which to enjoy classical cuisine.

In addition to superb views and cuisine, guests of ‘The Cliff House Hotel’ can also look forward to bespoke bedrooms which cleverly draw the outside in, mirroring the surrounding landscape through the use of natural materials and warm inviting furnishings. 

The ‘Well Spa’ which features an indoor infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fully-equipped gym, spa treatments rooms and access to a natural outdoor rock pool is another luxury guests of The Cliff House Hotel can look forward to.  

For further details about The Cliff House Hotel please visit www.thecliffhousehotel.com

The Cliff House Hotel AA reader’s offer:

The Cliff House Hotel has put together a fantastic “Gourmet Break’ offer for you our AA eZine readers which includes:

One night’s accommodation in a Sea View Deluxe Room including full Irish breakfast and dinner for two in the 3 AA Rosette award winning ‘The House Restaurant’ for a total of €330.

Plus at time of booking, if you quote ‘3 AA rosettes’ you can avail of a free room upgrade, if one is available.  To book call 024 87800 or email info@thecliffhousehotel.com.

Our heartfelt congratulations go to both properties on well their well earned awards!

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