Award puts Peak restaurant among country’s elite

Simon Bradley, head chef at East Lodge, Rowsley, near Matlock, with the triple AA rosettes accolade
Simon Bradley, head chef at East Lodge, Rowsley, near Matlock, with the triple AA rosettes accolade

A multi-award winning hotel and restaurant in the Peak District has been awarded a prestigious accolade which marks it among the best in the country.

East Lodge in Rowsley, near Matlock, has gained three AA rosettes, one of only seven restaurants to have gained the gold standard status this year.

Only the top ten per cent of restaurants across the country can expect to receive the triple rosettes.

“We are delighted to have secured this important upgrade, which is yet another milestone in East Lodge’s quest for excellence in everything we do,” said East Lodge deputy managing director Iain Hardman.

“We have put a great deal of effort into refining our offering and clearly the judges agree that the result is first class. It is a triumph for the hard work and dedication of all the staff and our head chef Simon Bradley, who has gone the extra mile to see us reach these culinary heights.”

The upgrade to three AA rosettes follows in the wake of a £1/4 million kitchen redevelopment and the launch of an exclusive Indigo Chef’s Table in 2011 – placing diners at the heart of the kitchen action and able to experience Simon’s artistic flair first hand.

East Lodge offers a fine dining restaurant and in addition to the Chef’s Table, offers the best in British cuisine with Simon’s passion for the gastronomic traditions of Gallic cooking shining through.

Good restaurants can expect one rosette, while only the very best restaurants receive two. Three rosettes are reserved for: ‘outstanding restaurants that demand national recognition well beyond their local area.’

“For a hotel and restaurant like East Lodge in Derbyshire to receive three Rosettes is an amazing achievement and the news is still sinking in,” added Iain. “To be up there with the very best in the country is a proud moment for us all - its already looking set to be another incredible year at East Lodge.”

This new status singles out East Lodge not just as one of the finest hotels in the region, but as one of the cream of select restaurants in the UK too.

“Speaking on behalf of the kitchen brigade, we tend to focus on customers and food rather than awards, but it’s really nice when your efforts are appreciated and we are all pleased the judges thought our offering merited three Rosettes,” said head chef Simon Bradley. “Now we look forward to designing menus to help all of our bridal couples celebrate their big days at East Lodge this year as well as producing menus to celebrate Valentine’s Day and a special menu for 29 February as it’s the girls’ turn this year!!”

The new status now allows East Lodge to describe itself as one of the top UK venues for food as well as accommodation and the AA’s red stars place the hotel in a select bracket of the top 150 hotels in the whole of the UK.

This exclusive venue remains one of just 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award.