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
Senara, Truro and Penwith College (Penzance campus)
few little token pictures from today's service thank you @MStevensFish and @fruitsales for the amazing produce as standard #inspiringthepresent #trainingthefuture @Truro_Penwith @HospitalityTC pic.twitter.com/Ckwq3vrQpL— Senara Training Restaurant (@PenwithSenara) November 5, 2019
Spires, Truro and Penwith College (Truro campus)
Why not spoil yourself with a well deserved treat any Tuesday evening in Spires from 5.30pm.— Spires Restaurant (@SpiresDining) January 31, 2018
Call 01872 267621 to book an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/hgsYIZQVst
Trevenson, Cornwall College (Redruth campus)
Cloisters, Cornwall College (St Austell)
Patrons of Cloisters Restaurant at Cornwall College St Austell enjoyed a three course dinner with Charlestown’s renowned Restaurant ‘The Longstore’ at the helm https://t.co/RsZjqlKvVH @The_Longstore @CloistersRest #thecareercollege #futurechefs pic.twitter.com/vhEqG5Vk2I— Cornwall College (@CornwallCollege) November 18, 2019
The Brasserie, Milton Keynes College
Parcs, Peterborough Regional College
Debut, City College Norwich
Dessert today by @charlieboychef for the uk young seafood chefs of the year @youngsseafood competition @norwichcollege well done to all the competitors and @seafishuk great day pic.twitter.com/qdAwhRTSgQ— Debut Restaurant (@DebutRestaurant) May 10, 2019
Edmunds, West Suffolk College
An inspiring day @WestSuffolk @Passion2Inspire 👨🍳👩🍳 @edmundsWSC students making the judges job very difficult by demonstrating such amazing standards💥@MurrayKC @Zeppelin162 @jamescarn12 @ch3flee @gyoung2311 @stuasc @ClaireWaterson5 pic.twitter.com/D4opR3nogw— Edmunds (@edmundsWSC) February 12, 2020
BR6, London South East Colleges
Haford, Coleg Cambria
Aspire, Trafford College
The Silver Plate, The Sheffield College
Fantastic Wine & Dine evening tonight, delicious food by our Chef Neil & his @msksheffcol Level 3 students. Excellent service provided by our @greeneking_official BTEC students led by our manager for this evening Jack. Special thanks to Paul from @hnwines for joining us tonight. pic.twitter.com/h5keg8JERV— The Silver Plate (@TheSilverPlate_) March 12, 2020
Chefs Academy, Newcastle College
The Classroom, Cardiff and Vale College
The Brasserie, Westminster Kingsway College
Escoffier, Westminster Kingsway College
This week on our Escoffier Room Scandinavian Themed Menu: Skrie Cod, Norwegian Prawn Fritter, Sea Vegetables, Aquavit Butter Sauce. pic.twitter.com/NGlW6Hl8JO— The Vincent Rooms (@thevincentrooms) February 5, 2018
Scholars, City of Glasgow College
Our Scholars Restaurant Highly Commended in AA College Rosette Scheme. Huge congratulations to our all our Hospitality and Professional Cookery students. Fantastic achievement. @CofGCollege @city_sa @tedtrek69 @cheffess2002 pic.twitter.com/H9XB0zbySX— City of Glasgow College (@CofGCollege) April 14, 2020
L20, Hugh Baird College
We have availability tomorrow lunch . Here is few dishes from our current menu . pic.twitter.com/o3HLxFfek4— L20 Hotel School (@L20HotelSchool) February 3, 2020
Origins, Shrewsbury College
Academy, Cheshire Colleges - South & West
@CheshireCollSW @TasteCheshire @ChefBrianMellor @_stucollins what a great start to the year for our learners. Stu Collins led a session with our 1st yrs to create traditional dishes with a modern twist #partnership #shapingthecurriculum pic.twitter.com/8uT92XFOM5— Academy West (@_academywest) January 31, 2020
Some of the dishes tonight from our valentines theme night @hopwoodhall Riverside Restaurant. Level 1, 2 & 3 students doing an amazing job cooking & serving #employability #skills pic.twitter.com/urcH6WxxuO— Hopwood Chef (@HopwoodChef) February 14, 2020
We’re open today for Lunch service at 12 pm to book email Ycelstryn@cambria.ac.uk or call 01978267397 😊👩🏻🍳👨🏻🍳👩🏻🍳👨🏻🍳🏴🏴🏴 @colegcambria @andywoods215 @jarvisa25 @adele089 @Hudson1Judith #wrexham #food #yummy #1cambria pic.twitter.com/bLq45oLNFJ— Y Celstryn (@ycelstryn) November 14, 2018
An awesome selection of veggie & vegan platters for a client’s function at OKN1 earlier today.— OKN1 Hoxton (@OKN1Hoxton) March 11, 2020
Well done chefs!
Open for business as usual this evening.#veggies #veggie #vegan #eventplanner #event #venue #greatfood #hackney #hoxton #shoreditch #londonfood pic.twitter.com/hziHITArZt
Great to win the 4th annual inter college Patisserie competition @HertRegCollege with @HarlowCollege & @NewCityCol close runners up! Well done all involved & thank you to the judges @ShangriLaShard and @McMullens1827 for giving up their time #LearnCookEat #DestinationHRC 🍰🏆 pic.twitter.com/PTKxnzmq56— The Atrium at HRC (@theatriumHRC) April 20, 2018