AA honours The Brasserie with Highly Commended Award
Milton Keynes College’s in-house restaurant, The Brasserie, has received a prestigious award from AA Hotel Services, the organisation which recognises excellence in hospitality through the well-known Rosette scheme.
Having previously been in receipt of the AA’s College Rosette Award, a recent inspection has seen The Brasserie upgraded to the level of ‘Highly Commended’, which is the highest accolade available to restaurants.
On hearing the news of the award, MK College’s Course Team Leader for Hospitality, Tony Oxley, was delighted. He said: “It’s a tremendous honour for our restaurant, The Brasserie, to be recognised in this way.
“Ever since the previous restaurant environment was overhauled and re-branded, the team behind The Brasserie have put in an unbelievable amount of work to ensure that both front and back of house are operated at the highest level possible.
“Led by Restaurant Manager Sarah King and Head Chef George Spires, The Brasserie has always had a clear identity, based on modern service and seasonal trends, leading the way for a culture of change in the field of traditional College restaurants.
“To have our brand Highly Commended by The AA for the first time recognises this commitment to being current while also aiming to instil the highest levels of service and professionalism in our students for their future careers.”
The AA inspection team focused on all key areas of The Brasserie’s dining experience including hospitality, service, and cuisine with detailed feedback in line with the AA College Restaurant award criteria.
In their report, the inspectors were particularly impressed by the restaurant’s proposition and gave high praise for the current menu in terms of design and dishes, as well as the ever-popular, on-the-go, service provided by The Brasserie Express.
One stand-out comment in the report highlighted the unique identity and character of the Brasserie: “This is a restaurant that knows what it is and is very much refreshing to see.”
The Brasserie is a fully commercial restaurant operating from MK College’s Bletchley campus, offering full lunch and dinner services, in addition to frequent themed services and bespoke catering provision.