PUBLISHED: 13:01 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 30 August 2017

Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate near St Ives has received an impressive double award in a recent hotel and restaurant inspection by the AA. Its fine dining restaurant, Sands, was awarded a coveted two-Rosette rating, while nearby coastal inn, The Gannet, opened by Carbis Bay in June 2016, achieved a maximum five-star rating for its guest accommodation, as well as additional breakfast and dinner awards.

The long-established Rosette scheme recognises successful cuisine at different levels across the UK. Only around 10% of restaurants nationwide are of a standard that is worthy of one Rosette and above. Those winning two Rosettes are deemed excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency’.

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, perched above its own 25-acre Blue Flag beach, includes a four-star hotel with an award-winning spa and a range of self-catering properties. The Sands restaurant, located within the hotel, creates dishes that reflect a passion for local, seasonal food. Menus are drawn up daily with 90% of produce sourced from the local area. Executive chef Andy Houghton has been at Carbis Bay for five years, having previously cooked under Jean-Christophe Novelli.

The five-star rating for guest accommodation at The Gannet Inn recognises excellent beds and furnishings, high quality ingredients and fresh local produce, and awareness of each guest's needs with nothing being too much trouble. The two additional AA Eggcup and Pie Awards acknowledge the high standards of The Gannet’s breakfast and dinner offering.

Stephen Baker, owner of Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, said: Our AA awards are the icing on the cake and just reward for the dedication and creativity of our team. Guests staying within our estate can experience some of Cornwall’s finest accommodation against the spectacular backdrop of St Ives Bay. AA recognition gives us the ideal platform on which to build our business and enhance our recognition within the industry as a premier coastal retreat.’

Robert Martin, AA hotel and restaurant inspector, said: We’re delighted to award these accolades to Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, reflecting the high quality and imagination of Sands’ culinary offer, and the excellent standard of accommodation at The Gannet.’

On his visit to Sands, Robert sampled Fillet of Mackerel with Fennel, Red Onion and Horseradish Salad and Citrus Yoghurt Dressing, Carbis Bay Shepherd’s Pie with Best End Cutlet, Minced Lamb Rillettes, Minted Peas, Redcurrant Jelly and Baby Vegetables, and Mulled Wine Panna Cotta with Poached Pear, Tuile Biscuit and Balsamic Strawberries. From The Gannet’s menu of hearty British favourites, he enjoyed scotch eggs followed by chicken kiev.

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