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The Arden Awarded 4 AA Silver Stars

The Arden Hotel, in Stratford-upon-Avon, has gained 4 AA Silver Stars after being selected as highly recommended.

The AA has launched the newly-created award for both its hotel and guest accommodation recognition schemes to coincide with the publication of its 2016 Hotel and B&B Guide.

The award is given only to hotels which offer a superior level of quality within their star rating; high standards of hotel keeping, in particular hospitality, service and cleanliness; and hold an AA Rosette award for the quality of their food. A 4-star hotel must achieve a merit score of 83% or more to be recognised for the award. Nationwide benchmarking is also taken into consideration.

The Arden, which previously held 4 AA Black Stars and has 2 AA Dining Rosettes, is now one of just 50 4-star Highly Recommended Silver Star hotels among the thousands that the AA inspects in the UK.

Garry Baldwin, AA Senior Hotel and Restaurant Inspector, said: “The award is positioned between Black Star quality inspected hotels and the Inspectors’ Choice Red Star Award, which is the ultimate accolade.

“The Highly Recommended Silver Award at The Arden showcases the team’s commitment to hospitality and the overall guest experience. This really is a great example of this newly-created award – congratulations to the team.”

The Arden’s General Manager, Josefine Blomqvist, added: “We are delighted that our hard work and excellent standards have been further recognised by the AA. The entire team has worked very hard and this industry recognition is well deserved.”

The AA award is the latest good news for The Arden, which recently won Gold in the Taste Trail at the Stratford Food Festival after being voted for by the public.

The Arden is a contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres.

The hotel boasts a Waterside Brasserie, complete with Champagne bar and all-weather terrace for al-fresco dining. Popular dishes include Alscot farm venison carpaccio, picked girolle, toasted hazelnuts, red wine poached salsify and goats cheese curd; steamed cod pave wrapped in banana leaf, with coconut lentil dahl, saffron pilau rice, and south Indian-style green beans tossed in coconut; and dark chocolate pave, Griottine cherries and cherry sorbet with Chantilly cream.

For further details about menus, culinary events, private dining options or to reserve a table, visit www.theardenhotelstratford.com or call 01789 298682.

The Arden is part of the Eden Hotel Collection, the AA’s Small Hotel of the Year 2014 – 2015. For more information, go to www.edenhotelcollection.com



Notes to editors:

  • The Eden Hotel Collection comprises eight luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. They are Mallory Court, Leamington Spa; Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Devon; The Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon; Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire; The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham; The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, Somerset and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection is part of The Rigby Group Plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful family-owned businesses. Founded by IT entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, the Group’s portfolio spans hotels, aviation, technology, property and investments.
  • The Eden Hotel Collection has evolved over the last 15 years through the acquisition and restoration by The Rigby Group of carefully-chosen hotels, each with unique attributes but all offering the same impeccable standards of service, quality and attention to detail.



Leah Taylor and Jeff Sims at Edwards Harvey PR on 01622 604600 or email leah.taylor@edwardsharvey.com / jeff.sims@edwardsharvey.com