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The Kitchin wins AA Wine Award for Scotland
The Kitchin wins AA Wine Award for Scotland


Pictured - Hugh Dennis, Nick Zalinski from Matthew Clark, Tom and Michaela Kitchin of The Kitchin and Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes AA Membership Services
It was a night of great celebration for the team at The Kitchin who last night collected their award for winning the AA Wine Award for Scotland sponsored by Matthew Clark.  
Winners at the AA Hospitality Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London are selected by a panel of industry experts, in recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category, having shown a significant improvement in the preceding 12-18 months and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences.  

Opposite the offices of the Scottish Government on the waterfront at Leith, Tom Kitchin's eponymous restaurant was once a bonded warehouse storing whisky, although since it opened in 2006, it's the wine rather than Scotch that has created the most interest. Kitchin's 'from nature to plate' cooking philosophy combines finely-honed technical skills with hyper-local raw materials. Based on solid French technique, the dynamic cooking is modern British and the tranquil dining room reflects the dockland building's heritage via various textures of wool, wood, stone and glass. The conscientiously curated wine list includes many classic Old World wines from France, but it also keeps things fresh with bottles from contemporary wine makers from newer territories, with plenty by the glass to encourage food pairing. Kitchin's impeccable desserts are enhanced further by an impressive selection of 'stickies'. 
The judges claimed this is a beautiful list with a fine and varied selection by the glass, showing a good spread of styles across both the Old and New World. It is well-laid out and clear to navigate across its regional and global structure. There is also a well-chosen range of Champagne and stickies too. All in all, this is a well-balanced, highly personal list where the well-known 'big guns' sit side by side with newer trailblazers.

Guests at the event, hosted by Hugh Dennis, were treated to a gastronomic menu created by the 2015 AA Chef's Chef, Daniel Clifford. 
All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2017 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event.
The winners of the 2016 AA Hospitality Awards are:
AA Lifetime Achievement - Pierre Koffmann
AA Chef of the Year (Caterer.com) - Simon Rogan
AA Hotel of the Year for England (Temple Spa)-Northcote, Langho

AA Hotel of the Year for Wales - The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland (Review Pro)-Cromlix Hotel, Dunblane

AA Hotel of the Year for London (PSL) -The Beaumont
AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland - Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen
AA Restaurant of the Year for England -Lumiere, Cheltenham
AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales - Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
AA Restaurant of the Year for Scotland - Inver Restaurant, Strachur
AA Restaurant of the Year for London (Food & Travel Magazine) - Sosharu, London
AA Hotel Group of the Year - Thwaites Shire Hotels
AA Wine Award for England and Overall Winner (Matthew Clark) - Sketch (Lecture Room and Library), London
AA Wine Award for Scotland (Matthew Clark) - The Kitchin, Edinburgh
AA Wine Award for Wales (Matthew Clark) - The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
AA Eco Hotel of the Year (Belu) - Battlesteads Hotel, Hexham
AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year (Chargemaster) - AccorHotels
AA Pub of the Year for England (Cobra) -  The Boot, Repton
AA Pub of the Year for Wales - Penhelig Arms, Aberdyfi
AA Pub of the Year for Scotland - The Ship Inn, Elie
AA Housekeeper of the Year (Aslotel) -  Nan McDowall, Crewe Hall, Crewe
AA Food Service Award - The Ritz London
AA College Restaurant Award (People 1st) - Foxholes Restaurant, Runshaw College

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