A popular Ealing pub has been awarded a prestigious AA Rosette award adding to their already impressive collection of accolades.
The Grove Pub and Dining Room already has a Michelin listing and features in the Good Beer Guide - but it can now add an ‘AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence’ to its collection.
General manager Martin Connelly said they are "extremely proud and excited about it".
The AA states that: “The achievement of an AA Rosette Award recognises high standards, consistency and precision, serving food prepared with care and with evident selection of fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients.
"Good understanding and use of technical skills are demonstrated in the cooking, with clarity of flavours shining through”.
Only 10% of restaurants across the UK are of a standard worthy of a Rosette and, like the Michelin listing, very few of these will be pubs.
Mr Connelly added: “Two years ago we were re-branded and became part of what is now The Metropolitan Pub Co (MPCo), owned by Greene King, but operated under the umbrella of MPCo.
"The major changes were food related. The kitchen was rebuilt and became ‘open’, and the restaurant area was created with full table service. The menu became fully fresh, seasonal and homemade, restaurant food and fine dining. Our style is classic British and French.
“Eighteen months ago we gained our first listing in the Michelin Guide, a massive achievement for a pub, something we are still incredibly proud of as only a handful of establishments in Ealing and the surrounding areas have the same recognition, and very few, if any, are pubs.
“We then got recognition for our real ales by being listed in CAMRA’s (The Campaign for Real Ale) ‘Good Beer Guide’. This was massive as it is not something you can apply for, instead you are recommended for inclusion by your customers, so we had no idea about this until we received the notification that we were to be listed.
“It’s been a great year.”