Brains tenant Nick Jones is celebrating his Gower gastropub becoming the first pub in Swansea to be awarded an AA Rosette.
Chef/owner at The Plough and Harrow, Mr Jones commented: “It’s obviously a great achievement for any chef and restaurant to get a Rosette but to be the first pub in Swansea, my home town, makes it all the more special. I’m very honoured.”
The Plough becomes the fourth restaurant in Swansea to attain a Rosette alongside Hanson's at the Chelsea Cafe, Fairy Hill and The Beach House. The Plough & Harrow has also been shortlisted for the Great British Pub Awards for best food pub and best partnership (tenancy).
Musician Mal Pope led the congratulations commenting: “As a regular diner at the Plough and Harrow I'm delighted that they have been awarded the Rosette but to be honest I'm not surprised one bit."
Following a recent visit by AA inspector Catherine McAlpine, The Plough was added to the select list of restaurants in Wales that hold the prestigious award.
Taste magazines editor, Steve Homer added: “With already an enviable list of accolades under their belt, it is no surprise that Nick and the team at the Plough have secured yet another culinary award. They produce some creative and delicious fayre, and continue to surprise me with their distinctive culinary innovation. This award is well deserved and I’m sure won’t be the last as this gastro-pub goes from strength to strength. Congratulations to all involved!”
The Murton pub has already won gastropub of the year, best pub in west Glamorgan and national accolades for its Sunday roast but now hold the prestigious Rosette.
AA confirmed ‘Of all the restaurants across the UK, approximately 10% are of a standard which is worthy of 1 Rosette and above. This is indeed a huge achievement and something not to be underestimated."
Nick is an established operator was previously a manager with Brains in its managed pub estate before moving to become a tenant at The Plough. He signed one of the new Brains five-year Advantage Agreements 18 months ago.