Peak District restaurant 'proud' of newcomer chef as it wins AA Rosette Award

A Peak District hotel restaurant is beaming with pride after being recognised for its outstanding food.

Gallery Restaurant at the landmark hotel, The Cavendish at Baslow, has been awarded three AA Rosettes by The AA Hotel and Hospitality Services in its latest round of awards.

The AA said it awarded the rosette due to the restaurant’s "outstanding standards” and that it deserves national recognition – and The Gallery’s bosses have said they are “proud” of their newcomer chef Adam Harper and his team after receiving it.

The recently refurbished Gallery said it is one of just three hotel restaurants in Derbyshire to hold this accolade.

The Cavendish Hotel in Baslow, Peak District.

And, has also been recognised for its “intuitive service and its outstanding selection of wines”.

During head chef, Adam Harper’s first year at the helm, he has not only seen the restaurant elevated from its two AA rosette status, which it had held consistently since 2006. But has also placed as ‘National Finalist’ in the prestigious Roux Scholarship, as well as having influenced the hotel’s rise to four red star status in The AA Hospitality Awards, last September.

Philip Joseph, general manager of The Cavendish Hotel and head of operations for The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group, said: “I am proud of what Adam and his team have delivered, not only has Adam excelled in his culinary prowess but also within that time, and as a relative newcomer has built a dedicated and hard-working team of Chefs around him, almost from scratch.”

As well as offering an à la carte and tasting menu, plus a dedicated menu for vegetarian and vegans, The Gallery is renowned for its Kitchen’s Table.

The Gallery has been awarded for its outstanding food.

Established over 20 years ago, and among the first of its kind, this dining experience for up to four guests allows diners to witness the live theatre of the busy kitchen environment, with Adam creating a five-course seasonal menu, along with drinks and canapés, for an “interactive and bespoke gourmand evening”.

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said “We are thrilled to recognise hotels and restaurants achieving such high standards of culinary excellence. Congratulations to these establishments and their staff.”

Adam Harper.