A York restaurant is celebrating being awarded two AA rosettes only five months after it opened.
Asian-Mediterranean fusion fine dining restaurant 1711 has secured the accolade following a visit by AA experts.
The restaurant, based at the Judge’s Lodging on Lendal, was deemed worthy of the rosettes for its excellence, outstanding service and high attention to detail.
Opened in July, the restaurant’s name references the history of the building, which dates back to 1711.
Philippine-born head chef Marlon Sanchez has a culinary pedigree – he was previously at Tommy Banks’ Michelin-starred restaurant, The Black Swan at Oldstead, and was classically trained at the Culinary Institute of Barcelona.
Praised in particular for its ‘interesting new concept’, AA experts said the menu celebrates ‘Marlon’s identity and ethos well’, together with ‘precision’ and an ‘obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.’
The report also commended 1711’s ‘very good service standards across the board’ along with the ‘proactive and attentive’ staff, before stating it’s ‘looking forward to following the evolution of Marlon’s cuisine and the 1711 concept’.
The Judge’s Lodging’s second restaurant, Cellar Bar – which serves a menu of classic pub dishes and seasonal specials – has also retained its one rosette.
The 1711 restaurant seats 42 diners and can also cater for private events of up to 12.
Marlon said: “York’s food scene is constantly evolving and 1711 delivers a unique food offering by blending ingredients from Yorkshire all the way to Asia to create the rich fusion cuisine that I am so passionate about.
“The entire kitchen and front of house teams have worked exceptionally hard for this accolade so we’re extremely thankful for the recognition, especially so soon after 1711’s opening just five months ago.”
General manager at the Judge’s Lodging Nik Haywood said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the team’s commitment to producing exceptional food for our guests, alongside authentic Yorkshire hospitality.
“We’re excited to see what the future holds and will continue to focus on creating a unique and memorable experience which keeps guests coming back time and time again.”
1711 is open every Wednesday to Saturday between 12pm-3pm for lunch and 6pm-9pm for dinner. More on its website