Local retirement village wins AA Rosette

Katrina Lane, Rob Quehan (Head Chef) and Kevin Young General Manager

The Redwood Bistro at Bishopstoke Park the over 65s retirement village, has been awarded a celebrated AA Rosette, making it the first ever restaurant within a retirement village in the UK to be recognised by this rating. To celebrate, the restaurant is now officially opening its doors to the public, allowing members of the local community, as well as residents, to enjoy the award winning menu on offer.

The 100 cover restaurant boasts a seasonal menu, which changes regularly and the kitchen is led by Head Chef, Rob Quehan, whose experience encompasses the kitchens of some of London’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, including both The Ivy and The Dorchester.

The current menu boasts show stopping dishes such as local venison loin pan-roasted and served with confit potatoes, braised savoy cabbage and blackberry puree, and pistachio sponge with caramelised pineapple and berry macaroon.

The AA Rosette was awarded following an unannounced visit by the restaurant inspector. The scheme recognises successful cooking at different levels across the UK and only 2,000 restaurants nationwide are of a standard considered worthy of one Rosette and above.

Kevin Young, General Manager, comments:

“We reviewed nearly 150 applicants for the role of Head Chef, with Rob impressing us with his creative menu and passion for excellent service.

‘As an ex-chef myself, it has always been a personal ambition to achieve an AA Rosette here and we are delighted to be the first UK retirement village to have done so. We are delighted to now be offering a service to the local community, as well as the residents.’

Said Rob Quehan, Head Chef at Bishopstoke Park,

“It is an honour to have led Bishopstoke Park’s bistro to AA Rosette status, an achievement which is testament to the hard work of all of the staff at the village.”

Paul Hackett AA Inspector, said,

“It’s great to see a clear commitment here, where good, well cooked food is very much the focus.”