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Lansdowne Strand in top 10 percent of UK hotels and restaurants

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George Arkell with Anna and Joel Lear and their two AA RosettesGeorge Arkell with Anna and Joel Lear and their two AA RosettesCalne’s Lansdowne Strand Hotel is now officially in the top 10 percent of hotels and restaurants nationwide after being awarded two AA Rosettes for the quality of its food and restaurant service.

The Arkell’s-owned hotel which recently underwent a major refurbishment, is run by chef Joel Lear – previously head chef at the celebrated King William pub in Bath – and his wife Anna.

The talented team have created menus to suit casual pub diners and those who want a more memorable experience.

Joel sources many of his ingredients from a 20-mile radius of the hotel, and all the dishes are made from scratch on the premises.

“We support local producers, especially as there are some truly fantastic Wiltshire butchers, bakeries and farms which deserve wider recognition,” he said.

The long-established Rosette scheme celebrates successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on one or more visits by an AA inspector to a hotel or restaurant.

Essentially the visit is a snapshot, whereby the entire meal, including ancillary items (when served), is assessed.

AA Rosettes are solely awarded by AA hotel and restaurant Inspectors, and external influences from hotels, restaurants or other guides are not taken into account.