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Lion Hotel Shrewsbury – Wows insepectors

Lion Hotel Shrewsbury Chef

Lion Hotel Shrewsbury Chef

A new Shropshire hotel which opened its doors to the public less than three months ago has wowed AA inspectors and scooped three stars and two rosettes after their first visit.

The AA assesses establishments that offer accommodation to a set of common quality standards. These standards are agreed by the AA and the UK tourist authorities: VisitBritain, VisitScotland and Visit Wales.

They also assess restaurants and reward rosettes to those deserving of recognition.

The new Lion and Pheasant Hotel in Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, opened its doors in November 2010 and welcomed the AA inspectors earlier this month. The venue was awarded three stars and two rosettes for the restaurant – the highest possible on a first inspection.

Jim Littler, manager of the Lion and Pheasant, said: “We were very pleased to welcome the AA inspectors to the Lion and Pheasant and were very happy to receive the awards we did.

“Our staff work very hard to ensure customers both in the hotel and restaurant receive the best service possible and we look forward to impressing the AA inspectors further in the future.”

The AA Rosette scheme has long been established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on a single (sometimes multiple) visit to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially it’s a snapshot; whereby the entire meal including ancillary items (when served) are assessed.

Of all the restaurants across the UK, approximately 10 per cent are of a standard which is worthy of one Rosette and above. This is a huge achievement and something not to be underestimated.

One and two Rosettes are awarded at the time of inspection, three and four Rosette awards are announced twice during the year, but never at the time of inspection, and five Rosettes are awarded just the once during a year and never at the time of inspection.

Two rosettes are given to “excellent restaurants, which aim for and achieve higher standards, better consistency and where a greater precision is apparent in the cooking. There will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.”

Around 40 per cent of establishments within the AA Restaurant Guide will have Two Rosettes. More on the Lion and Pheasant Shrewsbury

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