Two well known St Andrews businesses have beaten off formidable competition to win top honours in the AA Hospitality Awards.

The team from Rufflets Country House lifted the title of “AA Hotel of the Year- Scotland” at the awards ceremony in London.

Introduced in 1992, this is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. It was sponsored by PSL – The Food Professionals.

From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners of the category.

Sarah Middlemas, of the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, won the coveted category for AA Housekeeper of the Year.

For the eighth year running, AA Hotel Services made the award in partnership with Northmace & Hendon (designers and manufacturers of professional hotel bedroom products) with customers in over 100 countries worldwide.

The award recognises outstanding commitment and performance, identifying a housekeeper who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The event, a major highlight in the industry calendar, was attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers and restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media, with celebrity host Fiona Bruce and a dinner menu created by Cornwall’s Nathan Outlaw.

The awards event recognises and rewards the excellent services provided by the very best establishments, and is the initial high-profile launch of the latest editions of the AA’s range of lifestyle guides.

Guests were are treated to a champagne reception followed by a sensational gourmet meal created by a high-profile chef, and receive a goody bag at the end of the event containing the AA Restaurant and Hotel Guide 2016.

The main photograph shows the Rufflets team, the other shows Sarah with her award



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