Awards, Accolades and Aspirations
November 8, 2016
It's been a rewarding couple of months at Great Fosters!
In September the AA confirmed that the hotel would retain its Four Red Star status awarded last year at the AA Hospitality Awards. This means we are the AA Inspectors' choice in Britain and Ireland having been selected as one of the best hotels in the British Isles. Red stars are awarded to properties that are "a cut above the rest" where guests can expect a little more of everything - more comfort, more extras, more facilities and more attention.
In addition The Tudor Room was awarded three rosettes by the AA bringing it into the top 10% of the restaurants in their guide. To quote the AA, three rosettes are awarded to "outstanding restaurants that achieve standards demanding national recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients AND the timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations are consistently excellent." Intuitive service and an extensive and well chosen wine list are also important factors.
October brought even more fabulous news with The Tudor Room receiving a much sought after Michelin Star at their inaugural awards event in London. The event, which marked the publication of the 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland, attracted top chefs and respected members of the food industry.
The guide has been in existence for over 100 years. It was first introduced in France to advise motorists on where to find good food and accommodation in addition to the most scenic driving routes and where to purchase motoring essentials such as their infamous tyres! The guide is unique in that it is totally independent and consistent. Inspectors make anonymous visits and pay their own bills which guarantees that their expert reports are accurate, fair and objective...unlike many other guides and reviews.
Douglas Balish, Head Chef of The Tudor Room was of course delighted that he and his team have received such recognition. Now the only restaurant in Surrey with a Michelin star there has been plenty of attention from the press in addition to a huge impact on business with bookings for lunch and dinner soaring.
So...what will the future bring? Who knows but Managing Director, Richard Young is keen to continue building on our standards and developing the guest experience. It's all about continuing to improve and wanting to be better than ever. He is keen to invest in the bedrooms in the Cloisters and make the historic rooms even more comfortable and welcoming. There are plans to develop the Great Fosters "farm" with more livestock and produce and the possibility of adding treatment rooms is currently under consideration for the future.
It's a case of watch this space!