29 June 2017
Ye Olde Bell continues to move up yet another pace! The AA Inspector awarded the hotel the coveted accolade of an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence - plus a further increase in our merit score of the AA Four-Stars we have held for the past eight years.
The Rosette puts Ye Olde Bell in the top 10% of restaurants across the UK. Apparently only approximately 10% reach the Rosette standard, which is awarded solely by the AA Hotel & Restaurant Inspectors with no influence from hotels, restaurants or other guides. The 4-Star Merit Score has also been increased to an impressive 80% out of a maximum score of 84% with the UK average at 77%.
Kate Firth, General Manager, announced the Rosette Award to her team with a glass of Champagne for everyone "I am extremely proud of this achievement, which is the culmination of hard work and commitment from the whole team to continue to exceed every aspect of the standards required by the AA. Our guests have also been extremely supportive in testing a host of new dishes over the past few months and their constructive feedback has certainly proved invaluable. I genuinely hope this Rosette accolade will bring new diners and guests to Ye Olde Bell where they will be assured a very warm welcome and a fabulous dining experience!".
Over and above the standard of the food and the menu content, the AA Inspector highly rated other aspects in the report commenting : "Hospitality is clearly a strength and all staff members encountered were confident to initiate conversations with guests." "Excellent quality of décor throughout including bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas." Particular mention was made of the attention to picture decor, highlighting the creative mural on the staircase by local artist, Mary Daw of Epworth.
The extensive kitchens at Ye Olde Bell, incorporating a large banqueting team, are under the management of Executive Head Chef, Keith Firth, who led the hotel to AA 4-Star for the first time in its 365-year history some eight years ago. Richard Allen, Restaurant & Bistro Head Chef, said "The Rosette is something I have aspired to throughout my career and I cannot thank the team enough for their hard work, consistency and commitment towards this achievement".
Richard's Rosette services came up for auction too! Together with a waiter, he will provide a dinner party in the winner's home for six guests including food! It was one of the main auction prizes at the hotel's Charity Fun Day in support of AgeUK.