Chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers were out in force at London's Park Lane Hilton last night for the AA Hospitality Awards where London and the South East did pretty well thank you very much.
Probably the most important announcement of the night was that Surrey restaurant The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot would be joining the ranks of just seven other restaurants in the country given the full five AA rosettes, which categorises them as somewhere where the 'cooking compares with the best in the world'.
The other current holders are Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, Sketch and Tom Aitkens, as well as Restaurant Sat Bains, the Fat Duck, L'enclume and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.
Heston may have five rosettes for the Fat Duck, but he couldn't reach those heights with his new restaurant Dinner by Heston which got three rosettes in the new 2012 Guide. The other London restaurants given three rosettes for the first time were Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social and Roux at Parliament Square.
Other key AA awards:
Chef's Chef: Chris and Jeff Galvin of Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Bistro du Luxe
Restaurant of the Year, England: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
Restaurant of the Year, London: Terroirs
Wine Award, England: La Trompette, Chiswick