VisitEngland has announced the list of finalists for its 2015 Awards for Excellence, which aims to celebrate “the very best England has to offer”.
The finalists, who will be awarded at a ceremony on Monday, May 11, include a mixture of attractions, accommodation providers, tourism experiences, tourist information centres and other businesses within the industry.The shortlist was drawn up by independent assessors and judged by a board of tourism industry experts.
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a fantastic achievement for any tourism business to become a finalist.
“Each finalist is already a winner and can take justifiable pride and credit in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England, and in the contribution they make to an industry worth £106bn to the economy, supporting 2.6 million jobs. I wish all our finalists the very best of luck for the awards ceremony in May in Gateshead”.
Here are some of the finalists:
Small Hotel of the Year
Brockencote Hall Hotel, Kidderminster
Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere
Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly
The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock
Mallory Court, Royal Leamington Spa
The Talbot Hotel, Malton
Tourism Pub of the Year
The Exchange, Leicester
Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe
The Pandora Inn, Falmouth
Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Nr Windermere
The Wro Bar, Lounge & Loft, West Kirby
Tourism Experience of the Year
The Cycle Hub, Newcastle upon Tyne
Farm Stay UK Ltd, Kenilworth
Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari Experience, Port Lympne Reserve, Ashford
St Annes Beach Huts, Lytham
Treetop Trek Ltd, Windermere
Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
Colton House, Rugeley
Lower Barns Boutique B&B, St Austell
Mere Brook House, Wirral
The Old Rectory of St James, Telford