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AA ‘Loves’ Birmingham Restaurant

Chef Patron, Steve Love

Chef Patron, Steve Love

Newly opened ‘Loves Restaurant’ triumph with three AA Rosette award in this years accolades.

The AA has announced the latest additions to its restaurant awards, with Birmingham’s newest fine dining restaurant, run by Steve and Claire Love, formerly of Cotswold House in Chipping Campden,winning three AA rosettes after just being open four months.

Steve Love said that he was surprised to have been given the award so quickly, “we have had a long affiliation with the AA and I am really pleased that they have openly supported us so soon after opening.”

Steve won the coveted National Chef of the Year for Great Britain in 2004, an award shared by only 22 chefs including Gordon Ramsey. With Steve also winning The Roux Scholarship in 1997, he is one of only 2 people in the country to hold both national awards.

Giovanna Grossi, the AA’s hotel services group area manager, said she was delighted to see both new ventures and established restaurants gaining three rosettes.

“Restaurants serving food of a three-rosette standard are worthy of recognition from well beyond their local area…”

Grossi added: “It is wonderful that restaurants throughout the UK continue to challenge themselves and hone their skills, from emerging talent to established names that have moved on to pastures new.”

Claire Love says, “This latest accolade is a fantastic coup for us. It’s completely unbelievable and rare for a restaurant that is so new to gain an entry at three rosette level. It’s a real testament to how hard we have all worked as a team since opening in September.” Steve added  ” it’s not bad for four months’ work”!

Steve and Claire opened their first restaurant in Leamington Spa in 2001, calling it Loves Restaurant and enjoyed much success including “Best Restaurant in Warwickshire” with the Good Food Guide.

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham says: “We’re delighted that Love’s restaurant has received this national acclaim. The restaurant is a new addition to Birmingham’s thriving culinary scene and is certainly proving one to watch. Love’s now joins a number of restaurants in the city who boast a selection of awards and recognition on a national and international scale.”

Chocolate Moons by Steve Love

Chocolate Moons by Steve Love

The AA reported that “The thriving Birmingham dining scene has been enriched further by the arrival of Steve and Claire Love’s eponymous restaurant. With a good measure of experience between them – Steve a sure hand in the kitchen and Claire a measured and calm presence front of house – the Loves have created a fine-dining venue of considerable class.”

Eat-the-midlands recently reported further accreditation’s this week, including from Harden’s naming Ludlow’s Mr Underhills as their ‘top UK restaurant’ as voted this year by their contributors, (read article HERE)and more recently the Michelin ‘Oscars’ have retained the Midlands Michelin Stars including 3 in Birmingham, Simpsons, Purnells, and Turners, and two in Ludlow Mr Underhills and La Becasse, “The Midlands restaurants are certainly catching up with the rest of the UK, and over-taking in many areas – Which just goes to show how the consistent quality of our suppliers can contribute to these accolades – many focusing on regional produce ” Comments James Day, Editor of ETM.

Also, with Birmingham’s Lasan winning the ‘F’ Word Finals a few weeks ago ~ Read the Exclusive ETM Interview and review HERE

An additional 12 restaurants have been awarded three AA rosettes. The winners, which include both new and existing establishments across the UK, were praised by the AA for their high standards. Additions to the list of three-AA-rosette holders include new ventures by established chefs such as Paul Kitching’s 21212 in Edinburgh and Seven Park Place by William Drabble, as well as long-standing restaurants such as Launceston Place and Aubergine, in London.

Steve and Claire Love, formerly of Cotswold House in Chipping Campden, picked up three rosettes for their latest venture, Loves Restaurant in Birmingham. Steve said he was “well chuffed” to receive the award.

Twelve establishments won three AA rosettes this year, aswell as the aforementioned in previous years:

•    Loves Restaurant, Birmingham
•    Colette’s at the Grove, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
•    Restaurant Alimentum, Cambridge
•    21212, Edinburgh
•    Aubergine, London
•    Waldo’s at Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire
•    Launceston Place, London
•    The Green Inn, Ballater, Aberdeenshire
•    Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher, Scilly Isles
•    The Alderley Restaurant, Alderley Edge, Cheshire
•    Seven Park Place by William Drabble, London
•    1901, London

Address:   Loves Restaurant: The Glasshouse, Canal Square, Birmingham, B16 8FL

Tel: 0121 454 5151 / Fax: 0121 454 6376

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