A PUB in Sedbergh has gained an award for culinary excellence.

The Dalesman Country Inn has been awarded its first AA Rosette which celebrates excellence in cooking, as well as four stars for its accommodation.

The family-run 16th century coaching inn has been a favourite destination of locals, tourists and walkers for decades. Now firmly etched onto the foodie map, The Dalesman hope to welcome those looking to experience the best of the Dales through their high-quality food, local ales and stylish accommodation.  

Owner Mike Garnett said: "We're so pleased to have won our first Rosette Award. Joining the AA's Restaurant Guide has been a long-standing ambition of ours and over the past few years we’ve taken time and care to build a strong team of staff and suppliers that has stood us in good stead".

"We believe in using the best locally sourced food to create dishes with a modern slant, which are designed to reflect the seasons by our talented chefs."

In Cumbria: Mike Garnett, Owner of The Dalesman Country InnMike Garnett, Owner of The Dalesman Country Inn (Image: Submitted)

The AA’s Restaurant Guide provides food lovers with breakdowns of restaurants by county, including a detailed description of each destination, information on latest chef changes, opening times, sample menu prices and images of many of the featured locations.

One rosette means a restaurant is achieving standards that stand out in its local area, including food prepared with care, understanding and skill, good quality ingredients and the same expectations apply to hotel restaurants where guests should be able to eat in confidence and a sense of anticipation.

The visiting AA inspector said: "The food output was enjoyable on all occasions and a confident One AA Rosette Award was achieved."

An exciting expansion of the accommodation at The Dalesman is planned for early 2023, to create a further two spacious bedroom suites on the first floor featuring The Dalesman’s stylish country-chic décor.

Mr Garnett added: "We're looking forward to opening our new accommodation next Spring, giving more guests the chance to experience our signature warm welcome from our wonderful front of house team, as well as some great food of course."