After less than two years being run as a community pub, The Sir Walter Raleigh in East Budleigh has been awarded a coveted AA Rosette.

Judges described the public house as  ‘The latest in culinary excellence’ by the AA themselves, just ten percent of restaurants in the UK are of a standard worthy of being awarded one or more rosettes.

Introduced in 1956, the AA Rosette award was the first nationwide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels.

The AA stress receiving a rosette is a huge achievement and something not to be underestimated. Therefore, it’s no surprise Chef Daniel Kavanagh and Sous Chef Amber Brice are thrilled to have been awarded such an accolade.

Exmouth Journal: Judges described the public house as ‘the latest in culinary excellence’.Judges described the public house as ‘the latest in culinary excellence’. (Image: David Kavanagh)

The duo who have been a team for four years, strive to create dishes that are homemade, fresh, local and sustainable. Pub classics that exceed expectations.

AA Rosette inspections are in person but anonymous. The AA representative who carried out the inspection concluded that it’s a ‘Community pub with top notch food’. He loved the simplicity of the dishes and liked the fact the meal wasn’t overly complicated.

The food had good flavours and he said he would 'spend his own money on the meal, which is perhaps one of the greatest compliments you could receive.'

Chef Daniel Kavanagh said: “We are delighted to have received our first rosette with the Sir Walter Raleigh. We are going to continue to improve and make the food and service the best it can be."

The Sir Walter Raleigh has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. To book a table please call 01395 442510.