The Belle Epoque has been awarded perhaps its most prestigious accolade of the past 42 years, in the form of Two AA Rosettes. What’s more, the hotel has also been awarded the AA’s Four Star rating.

The long-established and hugely prestigious Rosette Scheme recognises successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on an anonymous visit by an AA inspector.

A spokesperson for The AA said “Only about 10% of restaurants nationwide are of a standard that is worthy of one rosette and above, so to achieve two is indeed a huge achievement, and not to be underestimated”.

As an independent restaurant, the achievement is perhaps even more notable.

Proprietor and Managing Director Matthew Mooney said “When the inspector announced himself at the end of his stay and asked to speak to the owner…well, let’s just say Alex Ferguson coined a phrase for it! You know you, your team, your restaurant and the culmination of years of hard work are going to be judged by the most stringent industry standards. One must not forget that this is the same organisation that holds the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey to account”.

The whole staff team have played their part and really stepped up to the challenge. This was reflected in the inspector giving our hotel the AA Four Star rating. Our housekeeping girls were delighted, and have already set their sights on a future Five Star rating”.

One team member in particular deserves special recognition following the award – Head Chef Kevin Lynn. “I’m personally delighted for our Head Chef Kevin Lynn who has placed himself under huge pressure to set the required standard” Matthew added.

The Belle Epoque are also keen to show thanks to their loyal customers, and as such will be having an ‘a la carte April’, opening on all Saturdays throughout the month.

“Without our extremely loyal and wonderful customers, The Belle Epoque would simply not exist. We are really looking forward to ‘a la carte April’, and it would be lovely to celebrate this time with old and new customers alike” Matthew said.

The Belle Epoque has also been named in the Michelin Guide for 2015 and The Good Hotel Guide.

Bookings for ‘a la carte April’ can be made by calling 01565 633060 or emailing