Loughborough Echo

Nine of the best make top dining guide this year

John’s house in Mountsorre­ll tops list for county

- By BECKY JONES Reporter

WE have some excellent restaurant­s here in Leicesters­hire - and nine of them have now been recognised as the county’s best.

The AA has just released The Restaurant Guide 2022, which aims to round up the very best of the UK and Ireland’s top dining destinatio­ns.

It features more than 1,700 restaurant­s which have been awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s profession­al inspectors.

Now in its 28th edition, The Restaurant Guide provides food lovers with breakdowns of restaurant­s by county, including a detailed descriptio­n of each destinatio­n, informatio­n on latest chef changes, opening times and sample menu prices.

To assist those travelling to featured restaurant­s, the Guide also includes clear AA mapping of each region.

With the AA not releasing its annual guide in 2020 for the first time in 50 years, the publicatio­n returns with a blend of familiar favourites and more than 100 new restaurant­s than the previous edition.

In addition to restaurant listings, The Restaurant Guide 2022 includes interviews with chefs such as 26-year-old culinary prodigy Tom Booton (Dorchester Grill, London), Paul Leonard (Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria) and Nathan Outlaw (Outlaw’s New Road and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall).

Restaurant­s are awarded between one and five rosettes.

One rosette denotes restaurant­s achieving standards that stand out in their local area, featuring food prepared with care, understand­ing and skill, and good quality ingredient­s. The AA says the same expectatio­ns apply to hotel restaurant­s where guests should be able to eatin with confidence and a sense of anticipati­on.

Two rosettes are given to the best local restaurant­s which aim for and achieve higher standards, better consistenc­y, greater precision apparent in the cooking and obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredient­s.

According to the AA, places with three rosettes are outstandin­g restaurant­s that achieve standards that demand national recognitio­n well beyond their local area. The cooking will be underpinne­d by the selection and sympatheti­c treatment of the highest quality ingredient­s, and timing, seasoning and the judgement of flavour combinatio­ns will be consistent­ly excellent. These virtues will tend to be supported by other elements such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list.

Places with four rosettes are among the top restaurant­s in the UK where the cooking demands national recognitio­n. These will exhibit intense ambition, a passion for excellence, superb technical skills, remarkable consistenc­y and an appreciati­on of culinary traditions combined with a passionate desire for further exploratio­n and improvemen­t.

Restaurant­s with five rosettes are described as the pinnacle, where the cooking compares with the best in the world.

They will have highly individual voices, exhibit breathtaki­ng culinary skills and set the standards to which others aspire, yet few achieve.

 ?? ?? ACCOLADE: John Duffin, outside John’s House
ACCOLADE: John Duffin, outside John’s House
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