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Discover how you could be awarded AA Rosettes or achieve a VisitEngland Taste accolade

Restaurants on Rated Trips are inspected for the quality of their food by AA inspectors. Some food outlets on Rated Trips may have been awarded a Taste Accolade by VisitEnglland – find out more below.

The AA Rosette Award for culinary excellence

The AA Rosette award, first awarded in 1956, was the first nationwide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels. The AA's team of inspectors have an unrivalled wealth of experience in assessing quality throughout the UK so receiving the award is a huge achievement not to be underestimated. The Rosette is an award, not a classification: Rosettes are awarded on a rising scale based on a meal visit by one or more of our inspectors.

The criteria
  • Only restaurants which are open a minimum of 4 days per week to the general public will be considered, and service needs to be either lunch or dinner or a combination of both.
  • Restaurants which are within a hotel, B&B, inn or any establishment with rooms will require membership to the appropriate accommodation scheme.
  • It is entirely at the discretion of the AA whether a visit will take place and in what time frame.
  • If an inspector visits and an award of 1 or 2 Rosettes is made, you will be notified in writing.
  • Standalone restaurants (those who are not part of an AA-inspected accommodation) will be subject to an annual admin fee, which helps cover the cost of inspection as well as the Rosette plate.


Multiple restaurants within one establishment

In the case of an AA rated hotel or guest accommodation with a Rosette award having more than one restaurant and wishing to have the food at the second restaurant tested for a Rosette award, this restaurant must have:

  • A different head chef to the other restaurant.
  • A separate kitchen.
  • A different food style. 
  • All other Rosette criteria apply.


Being assessed for an AA Rosette award

Unfortunately, the AA no longer accept recommendations or applications for the Rosette award. They receive a high number of requests each year to visit restaurants and appreciate that it is a popular award. However, restaurants are only selected for inspection by the local AA inspector.

The inspector endeavours to keep fully appraised of the restaurants in their geographical area. Should you receive an incognito visit and be successful in achieving a Rosette award, the inspector will let you know at the time.

VisitEngland Taste Accolade

A VisitEngland taste scheme recognises businesses which offer the warmest of welcomes and excellent customer service, alongside high quality food and drink.

It is suitable for all types of food business, from fine dining to fast food.  Whether you’re a pub, café, tearoom or takeaway, a Taste Accolade could be awarded.

The scheme is open to any business offering food, including catering within other businesses, such as a cafe in a hotel or visitor attraction. The scheme assesses against statutory requirements, the physical dining experience, staff and food and drink.

There are two levels of accreditation:

  • Taste Accolade, for those passing the criteria with a score of 60-79%, and
  • Taste Gold Accolade, for those achieving a high pass of 80%+.


There is also a Local Food Accolade, available to any business using and promoting local ingredients and suppliers, nominated by assessors.

Download an Taste Scheme application form

Download the Taste Scheme criteria and standards