We’re delighted to announce that Paul Nicholson, Head Chef of The Orangery has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.


The award recognises outstanding restaurants achieving standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations are to be consistently excellent.

Paul, who joined the team in October 2022 previously held a Michelin-star and 3 AA Rosettes at The Clock House in Surrey. Thanks to his skill and dedication The Orangery is now placed in the top 10% of restaurants in the UK and puts Rockliffe Hall on the map as one of the premier foodie destinations in the UK.

Jason Adams, Managing Director at the five-star resort added: “This is such an incredible accolade for The Orangery and Rockliffe Hall. Paul is a fantastic chef and we have so many amazing ideas for the future of The Orangery. I look forward to seeing what's to come from him and the team."

Congratulations to Paul and his brigade of chefs, along with the front of house Orangery team and Sommelier team who also achieved the AA's Notable Wine List award for 2023.

We're incredibly proud of all your achievements.

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