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Gatwick hotel celebrates coveted award for its food
7:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Staff at a Gatwick hotel are celebrating being presented with a coveted award.
For the Sofitel at the airport's North Terminal has been given the heady honour of two rosettes from the AA for its food.
The AA inspector who sat down to a three-course meal there recently, unbeknown to the catering team, went as far as to write in his report, “Every mouthful a joy.”
The inspector also wrote that the dinner in La Brasserie, situated within the Sofitel, was the “high point” of his overnight stay, gave the waiting staff credit for their food and wine knowledge, and commended the cleanliness of the four-star hotel.
Executive head chef David Woods, said: “The next day, when he declared his identity, the inspector came up to me and said he would have walked over hot coals for his main course.
“I won’t forget that in a hurry.”
Mr Woods said: “We have all worked very hard for this, and I am very proud of the team. “We pride ourselves on the quality and variety of our dishes, but this is the ultimate endorsement. It really does mean a great deal to us all.” A kitchen brigade of 24 work around the clock at La Brasserie, as well as in the hotel’s le Café, its conference facilities and room service.
The AA recognises around 4,000 hotels across Britain and Ireland and its Merit Score provides consumers with a means of comparing hotels within the same star rating.
The AA Merit Score is shown beside hotel entries in the AA Hotel Guide and on the AA website at: www.theaa.com