Newburgh hotel takes prestigious AA award

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A NEWBURGH eatery is on course to become one of the north-east’s top restaurants after winning a much coveted award.

The Udny Arms took a three-star AA rating after a recent inspection, and was awarded two rosettes for the quality of the food. The achievement means that the hotel is the only restaurant in the north-east to hold two AA rosettes, with the exception of the ‘Silver Darlings’ in Aberdeen.

Owner Gary Linney told the Times that the award reflected the investment which was being made into the hotel over the course of the past year.

“The hotel has never had two AA rosettes before,” he told the Times. “Even at it’s former peak, it only ever held one.

“Our chefs have been hand-picked specifically for their ability, and this is reflected in the commendation we have received for our food. Chef Mark Pollock has won twenty rosettes previously, and he’s enjoying the challenge of bringing the hotel up to standard.”

“Our next step is to make three rosettes in the next three years. We are making significant improvements.”

After an anonymous visit, the AA inspector revealed himself to the Linneys and commended them on the food and service. He was impressed with the restaurant’s slow cooked pork belly and langoustine main course, chicken liver and foie gras parfait starter, and créme brulee dessert.

“All our food is locally produced, seasonal, and presented to a very high standard.” said Gary. “Every member of our staff is passionate about what we do.”