Birmingham Hippodrome first UK theatre to win an AA Rosette

The coveted One AA Rosette, which is only awarded to around 10% of UK restaurants, was given to the theatre’s Circle Restaurant.

Birmingham Hippodrome’s culinary team is headed by head chef Chris Bratt-Rose who specialises in locally-sourced ingredients.

Gary Aymes, director of hospitality and service said “A huge congratulations to Chris and his hard working team.

Bearing in mind the Hippodrome is one of the most visited theatres in the UK, the service time restraints brought about by ‘curtain up times’ and the 95 seat capacity of the restaurant, the team do a fantastic job producing a consistently high standard of food and service.

The AA’s Rosettes were introduced more than 50 years ago as an award system reflecting and recognising the first nationwide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels.

The awards are made solely on the basis of a meal visit or visits by one or more of the AA’s hotel and restaurant inspectors.

Simon Numphud, AA Hotel Services business manager, said:

The achievement of a one AA Rosette Award recognises high standards, consistency and precision, serving food prepared with care and with evident selection of fresh, seasonal quality ingredients.
Good understanding and use of technical skills are demonstrated in the cooking, with clarity of flavours shining through.

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