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Night of winners at Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards

Nineteen local individuals, teams and businesses from the local tourism industry have been crowned as winners at the sixth annual Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards. Tourism Awards

Winners, Highly Commended and Commended finalists received their awards at a gala celebration with around 400 guests, hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions and held at the Athena in Leicester on 30 November 2016.

Great Places To Eat

Restaurant of the Year
WINNER: John's House

Best Dining Experience
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Marco's New York Italian Kegworth, The Horse and Jockey, The White Peacock
COMMENDED: North Bar & Kitchen

Best Vegetarian Meal
WINNER: Shivalli

Family Friendly Restaurant
WINNER: Boboli Restaurant

Best Local Food Retailer
WINNER: Farndon Fields Farm
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gelato Village

Best Afternoon Tea
WINNER: The City Rooms
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Eye Kettleby Lakes
COMMENDED: The Belmont Hotel, Lizzie's Tearoom

Best Pub Food
WINNER: The Red Lion Inn

Great Places To Stay

Hotel of the Year
WINNER: College Court Conference Centre & Hotel

Best Self Catering Accommodation
WINNER: Eye Kettleby Lakes

Most Enjoyable Stay
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, The Dandelion Hideaway, The Treehouse at The Woodlands
COMMENDED: Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Centre and Golf Club

Business Tourism
WINNER: Hothorpe Hall & Woodlands
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Leicester Conferences, University of Leicester
COMMENDED: Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport

Fabulous Things To Do

Great Day Out - Small Visitor Attraction
WINNER: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, King Richard III Visitor Centre
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wistow Maze
COMMENDED: Stoneywell, Hawkwise Falconry

Great Day Out - Large Visitor Attraction
WINNER: Twycross Zoo
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bradgate Park

Best Free Event
WINNER: Leicester City Football Club Premiership Winners Victory Parade
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Arts Fresco, Market Harborough Food & Drink Festival

Best Paid Event
WINNER: Nevill Holt Opera Festival
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Battle of Bosworth Re-enactment Anniversary Event, Leicester Comedy Festival

Proud Of Our People

Best Front of House Team
WINNER: The Blacksmith Arms

Best Volunteer Team
WINNER: The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport, The City Rooms
COMMENDED: St Martin's Coffee & Crafty Burger

Best Team
WINNER: Eye Kettleby Lakes Log Cabin Cleaning Team

Most Inspiring Manager
WINNER: Steve Crawford at College Court
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hira Ram at Athena
COMMENDED: Pawlet Brookes at Serendipity

Rising Star
Jareth Taylor at Badgers Mount Hotel

Tourism Superstar
Stephen Hallam

The Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards are developed and hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions, and supported by Clear & Lane, Everards, Hilton, Leicester Racecourse and NVG.

Over 100 applications were received for this year's awards and 73 finalists were selected including the some of the best restaurants, cafes, bakeries, tea rooms, pubs, hotels, B&Bs, glamping sites, conference venues, festivals and events, experiences and attractions, and markets in the city and county. The awards were judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said: “We had an unprecedented response in terms of applications for this year's awards. The quantity and quality of applications provided a real challenge for the judges and the selected finalists show that we really have a tourism industry of which we can be proud in Leicester and Leicestershire.

“We're particularly delighted to be able to present Stephen Hallam from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray with the Tourism Superstar award. Stephen's dedication and commitment to developing the food and drink offer in the town is outstanding and has resulted in a national profile that has attracted a great number of visitors from across the UK and internationally.”