The AA has named Berkshire as the best county in England to visit when it comes to hospitality.
After ranking the country’s 47 regions by their average rating across four categories – B&Bs, hotels, caravan & campsites and restaurants – the south east spot came out on top.
The county, which has attracted the likes of George Clooney, Kate Winslet and Ricky Gervais with its rural beauty and proximity to London, was followed by Surrey and Staffordshire as joint second place prize-winners in the assessment.
The AA has named Berkshire as the best county in England to visit when it comes to hospitality (above, the Hurley House Hotel in Berkshire)
Bedfordshire came in at third place, with Northamptonshire trailing close behind.
Other counties to make the top ten included Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and West Sussex.
A spokesperson for the AA said that Berkshire topped the scoreboard with its ‘exceptional’ spread of restaurants and hotels.
Each county was given a percentage scoring, with Berkshire totalling 84 per cent.
Places of note include the Fat Duck in Bray, which has been awarded five red rosettes by AA inspectors, the 5-star hotel Cliveden House, one of Britain’s outstanding hotels and the Hurley House in Hurley, a 5-star B&B in the county.
AA’S HOSPITALITY RANKINGS: ENGLAND’S TOP DESTINATIONS TO VISIT
1. Berkshire: 84%
2. Surrey: 73%, Staffordshire: 73%
3. Bedfordshire: 72%
4. Northamptonshire: 70%
5. Nottinghamshire: 69%, Shropshire: 69%
6. Buckinghamshire: 68%, Cheshire: 68%
7. West Sussex: 66%
8. County Durham:66%, North Yorkshire: 66%
9. Herefordshire: 64%
10. Greater London 63%, Hertfordshire: 63%
Surrey and Staffordshire were joint second place prize-winners in the assessment (above, The Tudor Room in Surrey, which boasts a Michelin star and three AA rosettes)
Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire boasts a two AA rosette restaurant on the site. The county came third place in the countrywide rating
On the activity front, popular attractions in the county include Legoland, Ascot races and Highclere Castle – where Downton Abbey was filmed – and Royal Windsor.
AA’s data also revealed the best counties when it came to specific activities.
Suffolk was ranked as the top place to visit for bed and breakfasts, while London won when it came to hotels.
Meanwhile, Bedfordshire ruled the roost for caravan and camping breaks.
On the restaurant front, Surrey was deemed the best county in England to go to for some tasty treats.
Swinfen Hall Hotel is an AA red star hotel in Staffordshire. The county came joint-second place in the recent AA assessment
The AA hopes that the new data will help holidaymakers make better informed decisions about where to eat, drink and stay in England
A must-visit includes The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, which boasts a Michelin star and three AA rosettes.
The AA hopes that the new data will help holidaymakers make better informed decisions about where to eat, drink and stay in England.
Andrew Oxley, who is the head of hotel and hospitality services at the AA, added: ‘We hope this data will be useful for consumers when planning a summer holiday or short break in England.
‘If a county scores over 80 per cent it should be regarded as outstanding, over 70 per cent excellent and over 60 per cent very good.
‘This information highlights some of the very best hospitality experiences that England has to offer.’