The HBSA Annual General Meeting will take place on May 10th 2014 at Rockliffe Hall near to Darlington in the picturesque North East of England. After just four years, Rockliffe Hall is winning some major awards:

  • Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham, has become the only North East resort  to receive the AA’s five red stars
  • This ranks Rockcliffe alongside such well-known hotels as Claridge’s in London, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Gleneagles in Perthshire and the Chester Grosvenor.
  • The resort already held five black stars but the red stars are considered to be the highest award in the hospitality industry with only several properties each year receiving the accolade.
  • Resorts are assessed by undercover AA inspectors and winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their award category, having shown improvement during the preceding 12 to 18 months and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences.
  • As well as the five red stars, Rockliffe Hall’s flagship restaurant, The Orangery, has retained its triple AA Rosette status.
  • Rockliffe Hall picked up its accolade at the annual AA Hospitality Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane in London with other winners on the night including TV chef Tom Kerridge (AA Chef’s Chef of the Year),The Dorchester (4AA Rosettes), Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (AA Eco Hotel of the Year) and Macdonald Hotels (AA Hotel Group of the Year).
  • Managing director of Rockliffe Hall, Nick Holmes, said: “Being awarded five red stars is considered the ultimate accolade in the hotel sector and shows that a property is the very best of the best. I am hugely proud of the team as this award is all about them and their undying hard work and commitment to Rockliffe Hall.
  • “To be placed alongside iconic, very well established names such as Le Manoir and Claridge’s is fantastic – especially just four years after we opened. We have come such a long way in a very short space of time- in difficult economic times and this latest award really does recognise the tremendous effort everyone puts in. I am just very, very proud that Rockliffe Hall can be part of putting the North East and Yorkshire on the tourism map.”
  • In the last year, Rockliffe Hall has seen occupancy levels rise and has created 30 new jobs for local people. The business now employs a team of more than 320.
  • Next month, Rockliffe Hall will host one of Europe’s best known golf tournaments, the English Senior Open, which will bring with it major names such as Mark James and Carl Mason.