Christmas came early to the team at The Grill restaurant, at the Arora Hotel, when they were given an AA Rosette.
After enjoying a three-course meal in the fine dining restaurant last week, an AA inspector deemed the food worthy of this acclaimed award.
Only 10 per cent of restaurants nationwide are of a standard that is of one rosette and above.
And within Crawley, The Grill is currently the only restaurant to have an AA Rosette.
Head chef Tony Staples said: “This is a fantastic result, and something we have been working towards for a while.
“There are five new chefs in the kitchen, and this is a credit to them and all on the team, who are working so well together to produce quality food of a high standard.”
The long-established AA Rosette Scheme awards one rosette to restaurants which achieve standards that stand out in their local area and serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients.
The dish that clinched the AA Inspector’s vote was pan-fried cod fillet with peas à la Francais and fondant potatoes.
The Grill prides itself on sourcing produce from Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Wherever possible, all its fish is caught off the Kent and Sussex coast.
The inspector also tucked into a starter of slow-cooked pork cheeks, Parma ham and saffron risotto and finished his meal with baked cheesecake, sherry poached figs and roasted Victoria plums.