Hambleton Hall Accolades

Michelin-Star
Hambleton Hall has now held a Michelin Star since 1982.

The AA 2013 – 4 Stars & 4 Rosettes
The AA has classified Hambleton as four stars and four rosettes for food.
The AA identifies the highest performing hotels in Britain and Ireland,
which stand out as the very best, regardless of size or style.

The Sunday Times Food List in association with Harden’s 2014
Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants 
Nos. 20 Hambleton Hall

Rutland Pride, Good Food Awards 2013
Hambleton Hall, Restaurant of the Year
Hambleton Bakery, Julian Carter, Food Hero of the Year 

What a star!  Tim Hart claims the prize
Tim Hart Wins Leicester Mercury’s Small Business Executive of the Year Award

AA Notable Wine List 2013 – 2014
Hambleton Hall’s wine list reached the final round of the AA Wine Award.
Chosen from over one thousand wine lists,
based on the overall quality of its wine selection and presentation.

Good Food Guide 2014 – Nos. 30
Cooking 7 (out of 10)
‘Country house grandeur and amazing food’.
‘The phrase ‘quintessentially English’ perfectly sums up this imposing Victorian mansion – as do other guidebook cliches like ‘elegant’, ‘majestic’ and ‘gracious’.
Longest –serving restaurants
Hambleton Hall is one of only 24 restaurants to appear consistently since opening in 1980.

Baker of the Year 2013
Julian Carter, Head Baker at Hambleton Bakery is Baker of the Year.

Britain’s Best Bakery 
Hambleton Bakery – winners of Britian’s Best Bakery 2012

Condé Nast Traveller “The Gold Standard List” 2013
The Gold Standard is a list of Condé Nast’s all time favourite Restaurants, Hotels, Bars and Beach Clubs throughout the World.
Hambleton Hall are the only UK Hotel to be listed under the ‘Country Hotels’ category.

The Sunday Times Food List in association with Harden’s 2013
Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants

Nos. 14 Hambleton Hall –  (score 9.60 out of 10)
Midlands – 2nd Best Place to Dine, Hambleton Hall
Hart’s “fabulous” restaurant.  Patterson’s “outstanding”, “classical” food and the “welcoming” service are simply “as good as it gets”.
Nos. 7 – Britain’s Best Places to Stay, Hambleton Hall
The pick of the restaurants in the top 100 that come with hotel rooms conveniently attached, so diners can extend their stay till after breakfast.

The Good Hotel Guide 2013
Editors Choice – Top 10 Country House Hotels

‘Everything about this country house hotel is a class act: the location above Rutland Water, the decor, the service and the food and wine.’

Good Food Guide 2013 – Top 50
Cooking 7 (out of 10)
“Country house grandeur and amazing food”.
“Despite its obvious grandeur, Hambleton has always been run by its owners as a welcoming, unfusty sort of place”.
“The menus don’t blind with science; dishes are simply and succinctly described – which is why what appears before you is all the more amazing for the purity, concentration and surprises it contains”.

Condé Nast Johansens Annual UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence 2013
UK Wine List Award
Special Commendations – Customer Events – Hambleton Hall, Rutland
‘An interesting and tempting array of events and occasions designed to appeal across the board.  From tutored tastings to grouse and seafood dinners.”

Rutland Pride – Good Food Awards 2012
Restaurant of the Year
Hambleton have been voted 1st by readers of Rutland Pride Magazine.

The Sunday Times Food List  in association with Harden’s UK 2012
Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants

Nos. 11  Hambleton Hall  -  Score 9.61 out of 10
Diners’ Verdict
Hart’s “very smart” country-house hotel in a “delightful” location remains a “top-class” traditional bastion, thanks to Patterson’s “elegant” and highly “accomplished” cuisine; if there is a criticism, it’s that the ambience can seem a trifle “pompous”.
Nos.5 – Britain’s Best Places to Stay, Hambleton Hall
The pick of the restaurants in the top 100 that come with hotel rooms conveniently attached, so dineres can extend their stay till after breakfast.
Nos. 4 –  Britain’s Best Wine List, Hambleton Hall

Condé Nast Johansens Annual UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence 2011
Most Excellent Hotel 2011 – Hambleton Hall, Rutland
“Perfection – the welcome, the accommodation, the service, the food, the location!”

Harden’s UK Restaurants 2011
Rating – 1 Food – 2 Service – 1 Atmosphere   (Best 1 – Worst 5)

“Creative cooking as good as any in the capital”
Tim Hart’s “stunningly located” country house hotel, overlooking Rutland Water, remains one of England’s most notable culinary destinations – as is confirmed by a large number of reports, “the level of consistency is extraordinary”.

AA Wine Award & Overall 2010 – 2011
Tim Hart commented at the awards dinner, “this award brings welcome recognition for 30 years of effort & enthusiasm”.

AA Inspectors’ Choice/Red Star Awards 2010 – 2011
Hambleton has received the supreme accolade from the AA of being selected as an ‘AA Inspectors’ Choice Hotel’, furthermore the AA has classified Hambleton as four stars and four rosettes for food.  The AA identifies the highest performing hotels in Britain and Ireland, which stand out as the very best, regardless of size or style.

Good Food Guide 2011
Cooking 7 (out of 10)

“Crystal-clear seasonal flavours”.
“The place is held in the highest regard as one of England’s archetypal country house retreats, where civilised comfort is the order of the day and staff are superlative in their personal attentions.”

Good Food Guide 2011
Longest –serving restaurants

Hambleton Hall is one of only 24 restaurants to appear consistently since opening in 1980.

Good Food Guide 2011
Top 60 Restaurants in the UK

To mark the Guide’s 60th Anniversary the list of top restaurants has been extended to the top 60, Hambleton Hall appears at number 34.

The Good Hotel Guide 2011
Top 10 Country House Hotels – Hambleton Hall
“Elegance, luxury and plenty of pampering can be counted on at these rural retreats”.
“Nothing much changes here, thank goodness”, say trusted reports, “sumptuous sofas and cushions, plumped up like a politician’s ego”.  Other praise reported to the guide, “the food was divine; wonderful canapés, divine bread. Everything was cooked and presented to perfection”.

toptable 2010 Gold Award
Hambleton Hall has been awarded the toptable Gold Award.  This is a great accomplishment – toptable visitors left hundreds of thousands of reviews & Hambleton Hall achieved the highest rating.

The Independent, September 2010
The 50 Best Weekend Retreats – Country Hotels – Hambleton Hall, Nos. 2

“One of England’s finest country hotels, with gorgeous gardens, lavishly appointed rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant”.

Restaurant 2010 Top 200
Hart Hambleton Group

The Restaurant R200 provides information on the largest 200 operators in the industry.  The companies listed are ranked in order of the number of sites they operate, Hart Hambleton, nos. 183 – two restaurants, two hotels, a bakery & three shops.