Aiden Byrne’s first restaurant venture – the Church Green gastro pub in Lymm, Cheshire – has been awarded three coveted AA rosettes.
Few eating places earn that level of restaurant grading in their first year … and it uniquely puts the village pub just one rosette behind the prestigious five-star luxury Chester Grosvenor Hotel.
Apart from the Grosvenor, it’s now the highest rated AA eatery in Cheshire and Greater Manchester and is ranked among the top 10 per cent of restaurants in the UK.
“Most three-rosette restaurants are also Michelin starred … so the Church Green is now in that sort of company,” says Aiden – who collected the award at London’s Hilton Hotel earlier in the week.
“I’m happy for the team,” he adds. “It’s been a tough year but the hard work has paid off.”
Three AA rosettes formally recognise “outstanding restaurants that demand recognition well beyond the local area”. And, says the AA, it’s where “you can expect excellent and intelligent service, and a well-chosen wine list.”
Aiden – who became the UK’s youngest Michelin star chef at the age of 22 – was the head chef at London’s Dorchester Grill before he moved north to convert the Lymm pub into a destination eating place earlier this year.
He is already planning to launch his second Cheshire venture with the re-opening of the White House restaurant in Prestbury.