Revealed: The award-winning college restaurants

When life returns to normal, why not plan a trip to your local college restaurant? Kate Parker reveals the best ones

Kate Parker

Revealed: the award-winning college restaurants

Life may feel gloomy at the moment, but there is promise of better times ahead. Pubs, bars and restaurants sit empty, waiting for us to return in our masses. 

When that day comes, why not show a bit of love to a sector of the hospitality industry you may have previously overlooked: the college restaurant. Run and catered by students eager to showcase their culinary and hosting skills, they serve industry-standard food at just a fraction of the cost. 

And now, the AA rosette scheme allows you to plan your trips to very best restaurants the sector has to offer. 


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The award sees experienced AA hotel and restaurant inspectors carry out inspections of both lunch and dinner service. If they witness industry-standard food and service, inspectors bestow a AA award or a AA highly commended award to the college restaurant.

Just 29 college restaurants in the UK have been awarded these prestigious rosettes. In no particular order, they are: 

The Atrium, University College Birmingham
Highly commended

 

Senara, Truro and Penwith College (Penzance campus)
Highly commended

 

Spires, Truro and Penwith College (Truro campus)
Highly commended

 

Trevenson, Cornwall College (Redruth campus)
Highly commended

 

Cloisters, Cornwall College (St Austell)
Highly commended

 

The Brasserie, Milton Keynes College 
Highly commended

 

Parcs, Peterborough Regional College
Highly commended

 

Debut, City College Norwich
Highly commended

 

Edmunds, West Suffolk College
Highly commended

 

BR6, London South East Colleges
Highly commended

 

Haford, Coleg Cambria
Highly commended

 

Aspire, Trafford College
Highly commended

 

The Silver Plate, The Sheffield College
Highly commended

 

Chefs Academy, Newcastle College
Highly commended

 

The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College
Highly commended

 

The Brasserie, Westminster Kingsway College
Highly commended

 

Escoffier, Westminster Kingsway College
Highly commended

 

Scholars, City of Glasgow College
Highly commended

 

L20, Hugh Baird College
Highly commended

 

Origins, Shrewsbury College
Highly commended

 

Academy, Cheshire Colleges - South & West
Highly commended

 

Academy West, Cheshire Colleges - South & West

 

Riverbank, Hopwood Hall College

 

Y Celstryn, Coleg Cambria

 

Bistro East, The Manchester College

 

@34, Exeter College

 

OKN1, NCC (Hackney)

 

Rouge, NCC (Redbridge) 

 

The Atrium, Hertford Regional College

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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