Green Greater Manchester restaurant with surprise menu joins elite at AA Hospitality Awards - full winners
Stockport’s Where the Light Gets In is the only Greater Manchester restaurant recognised in the AA Hospitality Awards 2023.
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A Greater Manchester restaurant has been recognised in this year’s AA Hospitality Awards, joining the ranks of the top 10% in the country.
Where the Light Gets In in Stockport has been awarded Four Rosettes, becoming only the third Manchester restaurant to receive the prestigious accolade. Together, the restaurants awarded with three, four of five rosettes make up just 10% of all recognised restaurants in the country.
The other two restaurants with four rosettes in Manchester are the Michelin-starred Mana in Ancoats and Adam Reid at the French, the restaurant at the city centre’s luxury Midland Hotel. There are no three or five-Rosette restaurants in Manchester.
It’s not just restaurants recognised at the AA Hospitality Awards. There were also awards for the best hotels, spa hotels, sustainability, wine, food service to name but a few, as well as individual awards for lifetime achievement and best housekeeper – although no other Greater Manchester spots made the list.
The Best Restaurant of the year award for England went to The Old Stamp House Restaurant in Ambleside, while Chutney Mary won the London award, The Jackdaw in Conwy won in Wales and Cail Bruich in Glasgow won for Scotland.
The full list of award winners can be found on the AA Hospitality Awards website.
What is Where the Lights Gets In?
Since opening in 2016, the restaurant has certainly earned its place among the best in the region, if not the country, and is featured in both the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.
Sustainability and waste avoidance are central to the restaurant’s ethos, which is why it has also been awarded a Michelin Green Star. All ingredients are gathered from the restaurant’s farm or locally sourced from suppliers that only use heritage methods and no chemicals.
They only offer a surprise menu as it is completely dependent on availability of produce. This taster menu costs around £110 per person for evening service and £95 for lunch. The meal is designed to be experienced fully, with each service lasting around 2-3 hours, according to the restaurant’s booking website.
How are the Rosettes awarded?
The AA Rosettes were introduced in 1956 and were the first nationwide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels, according to the AA website.
Rosettes are awarded based on a meal visit or visits by one or more AA inspectors, who assess the overall quality of the food and dining experience. Of all the restaurants in the UK, around 10% are worthy of at least one Rosette.
AA Hospitality Awards – full 2023 winners
Paul Ainsworth of Paul Ainsworth at No.6
Pan Pacific London, London
THE PIG Hotel Group
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jonathan Raggett, Red Carnation Hotels
Outstanding Contribution Award
Housekeeper of the Year
Nicola Burton from Hartwell House & Spa, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Restaurant of the Year
England – The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside
London – Chutney Mary, London
Wales – The Jackdaw, Conwy
Scotland – Cail Bruich, Glasgow
Hotel of the Year
England – Forest Side, Grasmere
London – The Lanesborough, London
Wales – Penally Abbey Hotel, Penally
Scotland – Fingal, Leith, Edinburgh
Northern Ireland – Killeavy Castle Estate, Killeavy
Restaurant with Rooms
England – The New Inn, Hereford
Wales – Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Eglwys Fach
Scotland – Cail Bruich, Edinburgh
Spa Hotel of the Year
South Lodge, West Sussex
Group of the Year
The Coaching Inn Group
Small Hotel Group of the Year
Food Service Award
The Strathearn, The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder
Finalists: Arkle, The Chester Grosvenor. Woven by Adam Smith, Coworth Park
England – Allium at Askham Hall, Cumbria
Wales – Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Gwynedd
Scotland – The Little Chartroom, Edinburgh
College Restaurant of the Year
@thirty-four Restaurant, Exeter College
Finalists: Senara Restaurant, Truro & Penwith, The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College
New 5 Rosettes
Steve Smith at Latymer, Surrey
New 4 Rosettes
The Cellar, Fife
Where The Light Gets In, Manchester
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire
MO, Dormy House, Worcestershire
The Samling, Cumbria
Ben Wilkinson at The Pass, West Sussex
New 3 Rosettes
Next Door, Cheshire
1863 Restaurant with Rooms, Cumbria
The Wildebeest, Norfolk
The George at Alstonefield, Staffordshire.
Forge, North Yorkshire
The Lantern Room, West Yorkshire
1921 Angel Hill, Suffolk
Restaurant Roots, Dorset
The Cottage in the Wood, Worcestershire
The Idle Rocks Restaurant, Cornwall
The New Inn, Herefordshire
The Lanesborough Grill, London
The Cygnet at The Swan Inn, Oxfordshire
Crockers Tring, Hertfordshire
8 By Andrew Sheridan, Liverpool
The Newport Restaurant, Fife
Legacy, North Yorkshire
London Stock Restaurant, London
The Clock House, Surrey
The Bulls Head Inn, Derbyshire
The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire
Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai, Cumbria
The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel, Hampshire
Culture Restaurant, Cornwall
The Killingworth Castle, Wootton, Oxfordshire
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Oxfordshire
The Ethicurean, Bristol
Crossbasket Castle, South Lanarkshire
The Fish Hotel, Worcestershire
Thornbury Castle Hotel, Gloucestershire