One of Keswick’s best known hotels is celebrating a double success after a recent inspection by a mystery guest.
The Skiddaw Hotel has been awarded a fourth AA star for its levels of hospitality and service, along with a first AA rosette for culinary excellence in its Brasserie 31 restaurant.
The twin awards come after the hotel in Main Street underwent a ground floor refurbishment in January, modernising public areas and transforming the conservatory, bar, reception, restaurant and function room.
“We are over the moon that the top quality and service we offer has been recognised and endorsed with an increased four-star rating,” said the hotel’s general manager, Neels Ferreira.
“The artistic flair of our head chef and his team of chefs are testament to the AA Rosette accolade, along with the front of house staff.”
The professional AA inspector said the unannounced visit was an enjoyable experience, after having dined on braised pig’s cheek, followed by Irish Sea cod loin with Solway brown shrimp, crab, potato and samphire chowder, with Black Forest gateau and Kirsch cherries, date sponge and bitter chocolate for dessert.
“Dishes sampled were fresh, technically accomplished, accurately prepared and flavoursome.
“The cherry dessert was the highlight. On this evidence, a One AA Rosette Award is clearly deserved. Well done to the team,” said the inspector.
Head chef Bobby Fillingham has only worked at the hotel since January, having been promoted from the Skiddaw’s sister hotel, The Borrowdale.
Bobby said: “The quality of the dining experience we provide is a testament to locally-sourced ingredients, constantly evolving techniques and excellent hospitality. I’m really proud of what our team has achieved.”
The Skiddaw is part of the family-run Lake District Hotels group, which has five more hotels in Keswick and the North Lakes.