Nationwide, just 10% of hotels and restaurants can boast one or more AA rosettes, which the AA says shows they have achieved standards that stand out in their local area.
Rosettes are awarded after one or more visits by inspectors and the AA states that a rosette means: “The restaurant serves food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients, and guests can eat in with confidence and a sense of anticipation.”
The AA inspection also confirmed the Hythe Imperial’s continued rating as a Four Star hotel, the report on the visit reading: “In terms of the AA Quality Standards, this was a positive visit to the Hythe Imperial resulting in a continued recommendation for a Four Star Hotel classification with an increased AA Merit Score of 77%.”
Denise Vas, General Manager of the hotel, said: “The award of an AA rosette to Coast is a real reward for some very hard work on the part of our head chef John Bingley and his kitchen team.
“John took over the kitchen eight months ago, recruited a whole new team and has revamped the menu using locally-sourced produce in that time, so the award of the rosette is a great achievement.”
Diners at Coast can enjoy fish such as salmon, lemon sole or red mullet, caught and landed locally, or duck, chicken, lamb or steak from Huntleys of Tenterden.
The award of the AA rosette comes as their new Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar opens at the hotel.
Situated on the first floor of the hotel next to the glamorous Imperial Ballroom, the bar is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, and is available for private function hire on Monday and Tuesday.
“Alongside the ongoing refurbishment of the hotel, we have also made a substantial investment in the food and drink offering,” said Denise.
“The award of the AA rosette and the opening of the Moet & Chandon bar is evidence that our investment is already paying dividends and is positioning the Hythe Imperial as one of the best places to eat and drink in the region.”