A HEREFORDSHIRE inn has won a coveted award to be named one of the best in Britain.

The New Inn in St Owen’s Cross, near Ross-on-Wye, was named the Best Restaurant with Rooms England 2023-2024 at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards on September 25.

The black and white timber-framed coaching inn, which dates back to the 16th century, and which has a strong emphasis on using the best local British and seasonal ingredients, also received three AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.


The glittering awards ceremony at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, celebrating the UK’s top hotels, restaurants, and pubs and the people behind them.

Ledbury Reporter:

One of the industry’s most prestigious and highly anticipated events, the AA Hospitality Awards span 15 categories, honouring the best hotels, restaurants, and spas across the UK, and celebrating individuals with awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chefs’ Chef Award and more.

Michael Fowler, chef patron at The New Inn, said: “I feel being awarded three AA Rosettes is a fantastic achievement for the team and myself, and we are completely overwhelmed to have also won Best AA Restaurant with Rooms England. Thank you to the AA for these prestigious awards!”

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: “Every year we present awards to the very best AA-rated hotels, restaurants, spas and their teams across the UK. We introduced the renowned star rating scheme for quality in 1908 and are honoured to shine a well-deserved spotlight on individuals and establishments who consistently deliver excellence to their guests.”