Thurston: Grange Hotel celebrates its first AA rosette

STAFF at the Grange Hotel at Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, are celebrating its first AA rosette.

The coveted restaurant award, based on an independent inspection, comes about a year after the arrival as head chef Darren Marchant, who has extensive experience both in restaurants and on board cruise ships and now heads a four-strong team in the kitchen.

Director Vipul Khurana described the menu as “modern British” fine dining and said the whole team was delighted at the award of a rosette from the AA.

The Grange is a three-star country house-style hotel with 18 ensuite bedrooms and two restaurant areas with space for up to 80 covers.

It is based on a mock-Tudor house which was built in 1895 as a private residence but was sold just four years later to become a gentlemen’s club and has been operated as a hotel for more than 40 years.