Celebrity chef Aiden Byrne's Cheshire restaurant the Church Green British Grill has been named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2012–13.
Byrne, who purchased the old Cheshire pub located on the side of the Lymm Dam, opened it as Aiden Byrne at the Church Green and earned three AA rosettes. But, after assessing the local market and listening to his customers, he decided to change direction slightly and relaunched the operation as the Church Green British Grill, with two AA rosettes.
Other winners include: Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, AA Hotel of the Year, England; Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London SW1, AA Restaurant of the Year London; L'Etranger, London, AA Wine Award England, and Overall Winner; and AA Pub of the Year, England; the Black Swan, Ravenstonedale; and the AA Lifetime Achievement accolade was awarded to Antonio Carluccio OBE.
Byrne said: "We are over the moon with the recognition. The British Grill concept has gone from strength to strength and this award confirms we made the correct decision to make the change."
The AA Hospitality Awards was hosted this year by BBC newsreader Kate Silverton. The event also saw the launch of the 2013 AA guides to UK hotels, restaurants, pubs and B&Bs, which contain details of all the winning establishments.
The full list of winners at the AA Hospitality Awards 2012–13:
AA Hotel of the Year England – Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
AA Hotel of the Year Scotland – The Torridon, Torridon, Highlands
AA Hotel of the Year Wales – Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno
AA Hotel of the Year London (sponsored by AA Business Insurance) – Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London W1
AA Restaurant of the Year England – The Church Green British Grill, Lymm, Cheshire
AA Restaurant of the Year Scotland – Rogano, Glasgow
AA Restaurant of the Year Wales – Sosban, Llanelli
AA Restaurant of the Year London (Sponsored by Food and Travel) – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London SW1
AA Wine Award England and Overall Winner (sponsored by T&W Wines) – L'Etranger, London
AA Wine Award Scotland (sponsored by T&W Wines) – Castle Terrace Restaurant,
AA Wine Award Wales (sponsored by T&W Wines) – The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Wales
AA Pub of the Year England – The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
AA Pub of the Year Scotland – West Brewery, Glasgow
AA Pub of the Year Wales – The Inn at Penallt, Monmouth
AA Small Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by beacon) – Cotswold Inns and Hotels
AA Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by D-ENERGi) – Hand Picked Hotels
AA Eco Hotel of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) – The Green House,
AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) – Macdonald Hotels
AA Chefs' Chef (sponsored by Caterer.com) – Pierre Koffmann
AA Lifetime Achievement – Antonio Carluccio OBE