The Old Lodge Gastro Pub at Clare’s Shannon Springs Hotel has recently been awarded an AA Rosette, in recognition of its high standards of food and service.
To be eligible to receive AA Rosette awards, restaurants are required to demonstrate a desire to achieve higher standards, better consistency and where a greater precision in cooking has been clearly demonstrated.
Furthermore, emphasis is placed by AA inspectors on the produce used by restaurants, as an attention to the selection of quality ingredients is required to receive the award.
In total approximately 100 hotel restaurants in Ireland have achieved Rosette standards.
Speaking about the award, John Gavin of the Shannon Springs Hotel said: “Our ambition in purchasing this property two years ago was to achieve an exceptional standard of excellence in all aspects of the hotel, from accommodation through to our culinary offering, all led by great customer service.
“Having completed our first phase renovations ahead of schedule is a credit to our entire team and to now receive this AA Award is a credit to our head chef, Anthony Walsh and his team; it’s a goal we set ourselves and now that we have achieved it we will set the bar even higher.”
Among the highlights of the AA’s Inspector’s visit to Old Lodge Gastro Pub were the casual atmosphere, personable service and the selection of dishes on offer from a well-compiled menu.
Service aside, for Rosette Awards it is the food that is key: ”I particularly enjoyed the starter of scorched Mackerel with beet and celeriac slaw and horseradish crème fraiche, a signature dish of head chef Anthony Walsh and his team,” according to the inspector.
The inspector also enjoyed a twist on one of the countrie's favourites of apple crumble, served here with a walnut element in the crumble and cinnamon in the custard.
“It’s great to see a clear commitment here, where good, well-cooked everyday food is very much the focus.”