A TRANSFORMED Chester restaurant has been awarded a prestigious place in the top 2% of England’s best places to eat.
The Orchid Room restaurant at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester in Hoole was awarded its first AA Rosette for its high quality food and service following a recent inspection.
The AA inspectors visit establishments throughout the UK with no prior warning and award AA rosettes to those demonstrating food excellence in their local area. Out of more than 82,000 licensed restaurants in the UK, 1571 have now been awarded one rosette or more, this places the hotel in the country’s top 2%.
The hotel has received the accolade under the inspired leadership of executive chef Mathew Lloyd who said: “We’re really delighted. This award highlights that our restaurant is heading in a fantastic direction and is now recognised not only as one of Chester’s best, but England’s too.
“At The Orchid Room we pride ourselves in taking advantage of the local quality produce available and offer something to suit all tastes whether it’s exciting innovative cuisine or true British classics. Our hard work over the past year has clearly paid off and who knows, by next year the team are more than capable of adding a second rosette to the Doubletree Chester name!”
The rosettes acknowledge food that is prepared with care, understanding and skill and made with only the very finest ingredients.
The quality of ingredients and varied seasonality of the menu impressed the inspector. Sample dishes from the current menu include: slow cooked featherblade of beef with creamed spinach, shallot puree, ox cheek and tortellini or seared scallops with pork belly confit and calvados essence.
Doubletree by Hilton Chester’s General Manager Tony Wright said: “The restaurant’s reputation is going from strength to strength and this award is a fantastic achievement. It’s a credit to Mathew and the very dedicated team we are lucky to have here.
“The restaurant is being enjoyed by both our guests and local people who are taking advantage of having an award winning restaurant on their doorstep. It’s the perfect backdrop for anyone who appreciates good food, attentive service and a great selection of wines.”