THE SHIP HOTEL, CHICHESTER WINS PRESTIGEOUS FOOD AWARD THE SHIP HOTEL in North Street Chichester has been awarded a ROSETTE BY THE AA for culinary excellence and the quality of its food. This makes The Ship the only restaurant within the city walls to hold the coveted symbol that is given to ‘excellent local restaurants serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients’. General Manager PATRICK BURFIELD said ‘ I am particularly delighted with this award as we have been steadily raising our standards over the last couple of years , it is superb recognition for the hard work of JON LANDER, our head chef, and his dedicated young brigade and is a first in the hotels history’. ‘The overnight inspection by the AA came as a complete surprise to us which makes the recognition even greater, less than ten percent of restaurants in the UK hold a rosette’. The independently owned SHIP HOTEL also has great plans for the future with an extensive room refurbishment programme just starting and detailed designs for a ground floor refurbishment with planning permission for a further 26 bedrooms. It is certainly a busy time for the hotel who recently opened its new prestigious luxury suite Number One Chichester. The AA inspector commented generally on the hotel ‘The merit score increased from 74% to 78% which is an excellent improvement from the last overnight visit. A lot of increases within the hospitality and service scores and there is an opportunity to increase these further next year with the investment planned, this should help boost to over 80% which could easily be achieved. PATRICK BURFIELD added’ as everyone always says it’s a team effort but we have 40 staff here who are genuinely dedicated to making The Ship work at all levels. We are also very lucky to have understanding owners who are very supportive of our aims’ He stresses that ‘rosettes do not equal price hikes and says ‘we will continue to produce a good quality, value for money offering using the very best ingredients and menus which vary and change frequently for everyone to enjoy in our comfortable restaurant and bar right in the heart of Chichester’.
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