The AA Rosette Awards celebrate the crème de la crème of UK culinary establishments
Skelton-based pub, The Dog and Gunn Inn, received three AA Rosettes – standing out for its selection and treatment of the highest quality ingredients and consistently excellent flavour combinations. This commitment to quality earned the restaurant a top spot on the AA’s list of the UK’s finest restaurants.
Established in 1956, the AA Rosette awards have long been a marker of leading restaurant and hotel venues across the UK, with the allocation of multi-Rosettes determined by AA’s expert inspectors.
Venues with three AA Rosettes are all outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand national recognition well beyond their local area.
As is tradition, each winner of a Rosette Award also received the iconic porcelain AA plate.
Speaking on The Dog and Gunn Inn, an AA inspector said: “A destination dining pub in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, you’ll find the Dog and Gun about seven miles from Penrith. The tiny dining room has just twelve tables and opening hours are limited, so you need to book ahead.
“Expect clear flavours and hearty portions at a very reasonable price, in a simple, pared back setting. There’s plenty of local produce on the constantly evolving menu, and this is simple, flavour-first cooking; sharp modern gastropub dishes at their finest.
“The atmosphere is friendly and fellow diners will often happily recommend dishes they’ve just sampled. Great cocktails feature homemade cordials and tinctures.”
Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, which operates the AA Rosette scheme, said: “This year we’ve seen an exceptional level of culinary excellence demonstrated by those receiving our coveted AA Rosettes, and The Dog and Gunn Inn is no exception.
“I’m constantly inspired by the resilience, innovation, and quality demonstrated by these trailblazers in our industry, and Cumbria is lucky to be home to such an impressive restaurant. Congratulations to all the worthy winners.”