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The Church Green British Grill Named AA Restaurant Of The Year For England 2012-2013

The Church Green British Grill received national recognition last night when it was named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2012-13 at the AA Hospitality Awards. Some four years ago Aiden Byrne purchased an old Cheshire pub located on the side of the Lymm Dam. He opened it as Aiden Byrne at The Church Green and earned three AA Rosettes. After assessing the local market and listening to his customers he decided to change direction slightly and relaunched the operation as The Church Green British Grill with two AA Rosesttes. As well as Aiden’s classical signature dishes and an exciting tasting menu, diners can enjoy amazing steaks sourced from small Cheshire farms. There are also some posh, upmarket twists on gastro pub classics such as fish and chips and beer battered Fleetwood scampi. The medium sized wine list offers some great quality and value for money wines, with a good selection of wines by the glass. Staff are friendly and attentive and they attract a lot of repeat diners. This is a popular winner of this sought after award.

Speaking of his win Aiden Byrne said, ‘We are over the moon with the recognition. The British Grill concept has gone from strength to strength and this award confirms to us that we made the correct decision to make the change.’

The AA Hospitality Awards, hosted this year by Kate Silverton, saw the great and good of the country’s Hospitality Industry come together to celebrate not only the amazing achievements of the individuals and establishments receiving recognition for outstanding excellence in their field but also 20 years of the iconic AA Restaurant Guide.

The evening opened with a tribute to the AA Restaurant Guide by Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc before the superb gourmet meal created by chef Jason Atherton and the team at the London Hilton Park Lane and entertainment from glamorous string quartet Siren.

The award event also sees the launch of the 2013 AA guides to UK hotels, restaurants, pubs and B&Bs which contain details of all the winning establishments.

The full list of winners at the AA Hospitality Awards 2012-13 is:


  • AA Hotel of the Year England – Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
  • AA Hotel of the Year Scotland - The Torridon, Torridon, Highlands
  • AA Hotel of the Year Wales - Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno
  • AA Hotel of the Year London (sponsored by AA Business Insurance) - Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London W1
  • AA Restaurant of the Year England - The Church Green British Grill, Lymm, Cheshire
  • AA Restaurant of the Year Scotland - Rogano, Glasgow
  • AA Restaurant of the Year Wales - Sosban, Llanelli
  • AA Restaurant of the Year London (Sponsored by Food and Travel) – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London SW1
  • AA Wine Award England & Overall Winner (sponsored by T&W Wines) - L’Etranger, London
  • AA Wine Award Scotland (sponsored by T&W Wines) – Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh
  • AA Wine Award Wales (sponsored by T&W Wines) - The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Wales
  • AA Pub of the Year England – The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
  • AA Pub of the Year Scotland - West Brewery, Glasgow
  • AA Pub of the Year Wales - The Inn at Penallt, Monmouth
  • AA Small Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by beacon) - Cotswold Inns and Hotels
  • AA Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by D-ENERGi) - Hand Picked Hotels
  • AA Eco Hotel of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) - The Green House, Bournemouth
  • AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) - Macdonald Hotels and Resorts
  • AA Chefs’ Chef (sponsored by – Pierre Koffmann
  • AA Lifetime Achievement - Antonio Carluccio OBE




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