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Macdonald Holyrood Hotel's brasserie-style dining concept, Rocca@Holyrood has been awarded its first AA rosette for its culinary excellence. It marks a significant achievement for the up and coming venue led by executive chef Tom Falconi and newly appointed restaurant manager Aine Kelly.

Having opened in December 2013 following a £500,000 investment, Rocca@Holyrood has gone from strength to strength. Its exciting approach, serving the finest freshest Scottish ingredients combined with an Italian twist, has been well received by hotel residents and local diners alike. The award of its first AA rosette is testament to the work of the team at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, and a resounding acknowledgement of a group-wide commitment to achieve the highest standards of culinary proficiency.

The award was made hot on the heels of Aine Kelly's appointment as restaurant manager. With over 10 years' spent in the hospitality industry, Aine has extensive experience in restaurant operations and kitchen management. In her new role, Aine will spearhead the ongoing development of Rocca@Holyrood with a view to cementing its status as one of the capital's top dining destinations.

Aine said: "We're thrilled to have been awarded our first AA rosette. The team have been working incredibly hard to offer guests an outstanding dining experience and to have reached this goal in just 12 months is a real buzz!

"We set a high standard for ourselves, promising to only serve the best dishes in our restaurant, concentrating on fresh and seasonal produce of the highest quality. It's a really exciting time to join Macdonald Holyrood Hotel and I'm looking forward to working with the restaurant and kitchen teams to build further on our success".

Stuart Broomfield, hotel manager at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, added: "Last year was hugely successful for Macdonald Holyrood Hotel with highlights including hosting the Commonwealth Games diving teams along with the completion of a £2million investment programme. Achieving the AA Rosette for Rocca@Holyrood is just the icing on the cake! We look forward to continuing our success and building on this fantastic achievement in the coming months."