Today (25 August) the Rocca Bar & Grill within Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews is celebrating a third AA-rosette award, as announced last night at the AA Hospitality Awards at London Hilton Park Lane. Rocca Bar & Grill is now the only independently owned restaurant in St Andrews with this prestigious accolade.

Operated by seasoned restauranteurs Susan and Adrian Pieraccini, Rocca Bar & Grill offers diners an award-winning food offering and a truly unique location.  Enjoying the finest Scottish food with an Italian twist, diners look out across the 18th green of the famous Old Course in St Andrews, and the sweep of West Sands beach beyond.  

Susan Pieraccini, co-owner of Rocca Bar & Grill at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, commented: "This prestigious award puts us in the top 10% of restaurants in the UK today and proves the passion, hard work and enthusiasm of the whole team. Our third AA Rosette sets us apart and makes us different to other restaurants. We're immensely proud of this achievement."

This latest accolade for the pair, who latterly owned the award-winning Rocpool Reserve boutique hotel and restaurant in Inverness, reflects its emphasis on using the best of locally sourced seasonal produce in a restaurant space where contemporary textures and colours of the decor promote a warm and welcoming ambience.   

The emphasis on producing simple dishes that burst with flavour and Rocca Bar & Grill's passion for the provenance of its food offering also reflects an ethos shared with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.  Group-wide, the UK's largest privately owned hotel group promises to serve only the finest freshest produce and to always prepare dishes from whole raw ingredients.

Commenting on the award, Kevin Keenan, general manager of Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, added: "Rocca Bar & Grill offers guests a truly memorable dining experience against a truly world famous backdrop.  Owners Susan and Adrian and the whole restaurant team under head chef Scott Davies are wholly deserving of their 3 AA Rosettes award that underlines the quality of food  guests can expect within Macdonald Rusacks Hotel."

Rocca Bar & Grill, R Bar and 'the one under' gastro-pub quality dining experience are all operated independently within the historic Macdonald Rusacks Hotel. Built in 1887, the hotel exudes a charm and inviting ambience that has attracted many famous faces, including golfing great Arnold Palmer and the late Bing Crosby, the legendary Hollywood star.

At the same award ceremony last night, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts was named AA Eco-Hotel Group of the Year in light of its firm and industry leading commitment to sustainability and energy saving practices.