AA announces finalists for new award for spirits

Merchant Hotel bar Belfast

Hotels in Belfast, Glasgow and York have been shortlisted for a new AA award for spirits in the hospitality industry.

The finalists for the AA Spirit Award are The Merchant Hotel (pictured) in Belfast, Blythswood Square in Glasgow and Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa in York.

It has been introduced to recognise the professional promotion, education and service of spirits in the hospitality industry and is sponsored by The Balvenie whisky.

Jonny Cornthwaite, senior brand manager for The Balvenie, said: “There is an incredible array of dedicated operators and individuals in the hospitality industry and it is a fantastic honour to be able to help recognise the teams that make enjoying great drinks a special experience for millions of people.”

It is one of five categories announced today in the AA Hospitality Awards which take place on September 22 at Grosvenor House in London. At the event, 24 winners will receive their awards alongside the announcement of the new three, four and five AA Rosettes and AA Red Star establishments.

The three finalists announced today for the AA Food Service Award are Ormer in Jersey, Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in Bath and Galvin at Windows in London

Introduced last year, the AA Food Service Award recognises establishments that not only deliver excellent standards of restaurant service and hospitality but also have technical service skills, food and beverage knowledge of the highest standard and a clear commitment to staff training and development.

The three finalists revealed today for AA Eco Hotel of the Year 2014 are Appleby Manor Country House Hotel in Appleby in Cumbria, The Savoy in London and The Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The three finalists for AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year 2014 are Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Red Carnation Hotels and English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues.
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