Winners of VisitEngland Awards 2014 announced

13 May 2014 by
Winners of VisitEngland Awards 2014 announced

The winners of the 2014 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been announced, including the Business Tourism Award, the Large Hotel of the Year, the Taste of England Award, and Tourism Pub Award.

Most notable gold winners included the Emirates Old Trafford stadium (Business Tourism Award), Burleigh Court in Leicestershire (Large Hotel of the Year), the 1884 Dock Street Kitchen in Hull (Taste of England Award), The Feathered Nest Country Inn in Oxfordshire (Tourism Pub of the Year), and the Old Rectory Hotel in Devon (Small Hotel of the Year).

Gold, silver and bronze awards were available for each of the 18 categories, although not all were awarded all three. Each category also highlighted at least one highly commended venue.

Other categories included Self Catering Holiday Provider, Small Visitor Attraction, Access for All Tourism Award, Caravan or Holiday Village of the Year, Tourism Experience of the Year, and Bed & Breakfast, and Sustainable Tourism.

The black-tie dinner and awards ceremony took place on 12 May at Cheltenham Racecourse. Presenters of the Gold accolades included former Olympic athlete Jonathan Edwards; chairman of VisitEngland, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham; and chief executive of VisitEngland James Berresford, along with a host of others from within the hospitality industry.

The awards seek to recognise the role of independent businesses in promoting tourism across England, and also focus on major attractions and events. Last year's winners included ExCel London (Business Tourism); the Swan in Suffolk (Large Hotel); Gidleigh Park, Devon (Small Hotel) and Overwater Hall in Cumbria (Taste of England).

Speaking of the awards, minister for tourism Helen Grant congratulated the winners. She said: "The tourism industry is playing a key part in our economic growth strategy and VisitEngland's Awards for Excellence celebrates all the very best visitor experiences on offer."

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Gold Trevase Cottages, Herefordshire
Silver East View Farm Holiday Cottages, Norfolk
Bronze The Dandelion Hideaway Leicestershire

Highly Commended
Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays, Isle of Wight
Staying Cool at the Rotunda, Birmingham, West Midlands

Business Tourism Award
Emirates Old Trafford, Old Trafford, Manchester
Silver Keele University Conferences & Events, Staffordshire
Bronze ExCeL London, London

Highly Commended
Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
The Lowry, Greater Manchester

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottinghamshire
Silver National Trust Coleridge Cottage, Somerset
Bronze Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire

Highly Commended
Museum of East Anglian Life, Suffolk
Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre, Kent

Large Hotel of the Year
Gold Burleigh Court, Leicestershire
Silver Hope Street hotel, Liverpool

Highly Commended
Ellenborough Park, Gloucestershire
Peckforton Castle Hotel, Cheshire
Rockliffe Hall, County Durham

Tourism Superstar
Buzby Allen, Norfolk
Silver Ade Andrews, The Robin Hood Town Tour, Nottingham

Taste of England Award

Gold 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, East Yorkshire
Silver The Parkers Arms, Lancashire
Bronze Eckington Manor, Worcestershire

Highly Commended
Delifonseca Dockside, Liverpool
River Cottage Canteen and Deli, Devon

Access for All Tourism Award
Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
Silver Sandcastle Waterpark, Lancashire
Bronze Eureka! National Children's Museum, West Yorkshire

Highly Commended
Curve, Leicester, Leicester
Jurys Inn Brighton, East Sussex
Living Options Devon - Countryside Mobility Scheme, Devon

Visitor Information Provider of the Year
Gold Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, Gloucestershire
Silver English Riviera Tourism Company, Devon
Bronze City of London Information Centre, London

Highly Commended
Newcastle Gateshead Visitor Information Service, Tyne and Wear
Visit Garstang Centre, Lancashire

Caravan Holiday Park / Holiday Village of the Year
Gold Seafield Caravan Park, Seahouses, Northumberland
Silver Gwel an Mor Resort, Portreath, Cornwall

Highly Commended
Hoburne Bashley, Hampshire

Tourism Pub of the Year
The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Oxfordshire
Silver The Watermill Inn & Brewery, Cumbria
Bronze The Horse and Jockey, Rutland

Highly Commended
South Causey Inn, County Durham
The Pandora Inn, Cornwall

Travel Article of the Year
Nigel Richardson "LS Lowry's favourite haunts on England's north-east coast", published in the Daily Telegraph
Silver James Ellis "Alternative cycling (on a trike!) through Yorkshire", published in The Times
Bronze Nicholas Crane "Cycling from London to Devon", published in The Daily Telegraph

Tourism Experience of the Year
Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story, Merseyside Maritime Museum
Silver Lindisfarne Gospels Durham - lead partner Durham University, Durham
Bronze Ezekial Bone - Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour, Nottinghamshire

Highly Commended
Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
VisitBlackpool / Blackpool Resort Pass, Lancashire

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year
St Cuthbert's House, Northumberland
Silver Eckington Manor, Worcestershire
Bronze Kester House Bed & Breakfast, East Sussex

Highly Commended
Browns of Holbeck, Nottinghamshire
Low Mill Guesthouse, North Yorkshire

Sustainable Tourism Award
Gold Little White Alice - your wild Cornish retreat, Cornwall
Silver Bleasdale Cottages, Lancashire
Bronze Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Weardale

Highly Commended
Colton House, Staffordshire
Newlands Adventure Centre, Cumbria

Small Hotel of the Year
Gold The Old Rectory Hotel, Devon
Silver Swinton Park, North Yorkshire
Bronze Rothay Garden, Lake District

Highly Commended
Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire
Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Gold Tatton Park, Cheshire
Silver Trebah Garden, Cornwall
Bronze Walby Farm Park, Cumbria

Highly Commended
The Trentham Estate, Staffordshire
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford

Tourism Event of the Year
Kendal Mountain Festival, Cumbria
Silver Beaulieu International Autojumble, Hampshire
Bronze Elemental Force: Derbyshire - Chatsworth and the Silk Mill, Derbyshire, and Elemental Force, Nottinghamshire

Highly Commended
Trent Bridge; The Investec Ashes Test, Nottinghamshire

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents)

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