What is the Rosette System?
The AA Rosette System is a method of awarding truly outstanding food offered by AA Accredited properties throughout Ireland and the UK. Therefore, it should not be seen as a system of classification.
Our awards are made solely on the basis of a meal visit carried out by our team of pedigreed Hotel and Restaurant Inspectors, who possess an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience in assessing quality. They award Rosettes annually on a rising scale of one to five.
For properties vying to stand at Rosette level, evidence of quality ingredients, accurate cooking, and clarity of flavour will earn top marks for an AA Food Inspector. Scaling the Rosette ladder, however, calls for better consistency and greater precision in cooking, and is not for the faint-hearted. There are just two restaurants in Ireland that have been awarded four Rosettes.
To accrue the maximum number of Rosettes, a restaurant must truly possess a distinct creative flair that surpasses all their competitors; achieving standards that demand recognition nationally, and are well-established in their own right. Most integral to a Restaurant Inspector’s judgment is the taste and freshness of the food on offer, as well as accuracy of cookery. Indeed, it is not the plate of food that is being assessed, but the food on the plate.
2014 was a good year for AA Accredited properties with 16 members receiving AA Rosette Awards for Culinary Excellence.
As part of the hotel inspection process, each property was independently assessed by members of the inspection team. The AA’s criteria for assessment is thorough; our teams both here and in the UK subscribe to the same protocol when undertaking restaurant visits and regularly meet to review other establishments. Last year, 34 inspectors carried out a mass review of London restaurants with each visiting three locations over just two days. Suffice to say, there was a large amount of belt-loosening required – all in the interest of consistency in approach!
• Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has managed to accrue and retain four Rosettes over a number of years, and have recently been joined at this lofty status by The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore.
• Bellinter House, Navan and The Woodlands Restaurant at The Glenview Hotel, Glen-o-the Downs have both reached standards that predicate an award of two Rosettes.
Other properties who achieved one Rosette include:
Fahrenheit at Clontarf Castle The Watermarq at Silver Springs Hotel, Cork
The Conyngham Arms, Slane The Bistro at The Tower, Waterford
The Bianconi at The Granville, Waterford Balfes at The Westbury, Dublin
The Rowan Tree at Sligo Park Hotel The Lodge at Ashford, Mayo
The Pullman at Glenlo Abbey, Galway Druids Brasserie at Druids Glen Resort, Wicklow
McLaughlin's at Roganstown Hotel, Dublin
Two ‘Restaurants with Rooms’ also achieved one Rosette award:
The Restaurant at Waterfront House, Sligo Carrygerry Country House, Clare