The Rugby Grille Earns Wine Spectator’s 2021 Best of Award of Excellence

August 26, 2021 | Story by Steven Kalczynski | Photos by The Townsend Hotel



 The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille Restaurant receives another top national honor! 


BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (June 30, 2021) – The Rugby Grille Restaurant in The Townsend Hotel has again received a Best of Award of Excellence – Two-Glass Rating with Wine Spectator Magazine. This is the sixth consecutive year receiving this prestigious award. 


Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. To qualify for this award, a restaurant wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. 


The Rugby Grille has achieved this award every year since 2016 and it has 425 selections and over 3,000 bottles of wine in their inventory. “I am very proud of the work and commitment our amazing Rugby Grille sommelier team has put into maintaining a world-class wine list! They are always enhancing our selections and each time they continue to amaze our clientele and our visiting guests! The staff continually strive to be a destination for a memorable culinary and wine experience.” Steven Kalczynski, Managing Director at The Townsend Hotel. 


This award’s program encompasses more than 3,500 award-winning lists hailing from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.Wine Spectator’s 2021 Best of Award of Excellence award-winners will be featured in the August Wine Spectator issue, which will hit newsstands on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. 


See the main Wine Spectator Restaurant Award’s web page here.


About The Townsend Hotel: 

The Townsend Hotel is celebrating its thirty-fourth anniversary in 2021, and has achieved a AAA Four-Diamond luxury property for 34 years. It is also a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel located in downtown Birmingham, Mich. The Rugby Grille Restaurant is a Forbes Travel Guide “Recommended” restaurant. The Townsend is known for its exceptional service and amenities, including the Rugby Grille, banquet and catering services.

For more information, visit: or contact directly at: The Townsend Hotel at (248) 642-7900, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009 


Connect with The Townsend Hotel: 






Steven Kalczynski – Managing Director

(248) 642-5396 




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    The Townsend Hotel
    100 Townsend St., Birmingham, MI 48009
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    The Rugby Grille
    100 Townsend St., Birmingham, MI 48009