A night of winners at Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2017

The best tourism businesses in Leicestershire have been announced at a glittering awards ceremony held at Athena in Leicester on 30 November 2017. There were 24 winners at the annual Leicestershire Promotions 2017 Tourism & Hospitality Awards including the prestigious Tourism Superstar award for Deer Herd at Bradgate Park.

Category: Great Places to Eat and Drink

Best Leicester Breakfast
WINNER: Horseshoe Cottage Farm
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wistow Café Bistro

Outstanding Afternoon Tea
WINNER: The Café Next Door
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ivy’s Vintage Tea Room
COMMENDED: Taste Restaurant at Leicester College

Best Local Food or Farm Shop
WINNER: Farndon Fields Farm
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Farm Shop at Manor Farm

Best Pub Experience
WINNER: The Real Ale Classroom

Best Casual Dining Experience
WINNER: Boboli
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bom Bom Patisserie / PETER And That’s Enough

Best Formal Dining Experience
WINNER: John’s House
COMMENDED: Taste Restaurant at Leicester College

Category: Proud of our People

Best Front of House Team
WINNER: 33 Cank Street
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Café Next Door / The Belmont Hotel

Student of the Year
WINNER: Molly Thatcher, Leicester College

Best Team
WINNER: Imago – Holywell Park
COMMENDED: Fair Farm Hideaway

Best Website
WINNER: The City Rooms
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Leicester Conferences at the University of Leicester
COMMENDED: 33 Cank Street

Best Local Food and Drink Producer
WINNER: Charnwood Cider
COMMENDED: Knead Good Bread

Inspiring Manager
WINNER: Yvonne Hyde, Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Craig Oldham, Eye Kettleby Lakes

Category: Great Places to Stay

Most Enjoyable Stay – Self Catering
WINNER: Eye Kettleby Lakes
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Foxton Locks Cottages

Innovative Business Tourism Partner
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands / Leicester Conferences at the University of Leicester

Most Enjoyable Stay – Hotel
WINNER: The Belmont Hotel
COMMENDED: Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel / The City Rooms

Most Enjoyable Stay – Guesthouse
WINNER: Horseshoe Cottage Farm

Category: Fabulous Things to Do

Favourite Festival of Event (free entry)
WINNER: Bring the Paint

Favourite Festival or Event (paid entry)
WINNER: Nevill Holt Opera – Noye’s Fludde
HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Space Centre – Return of the Garrison
COMMENDED: Bosworth Medieval Festival

Best Garden or Landscape
WINNER: Bradgate Park
HIGHLY COMMENDED: University of Leicester Botanic Gardens
COMMENDED: Queens Park, Loughborough

Best Market Town
WINNER: Hinckley
COMMENDED: Market Harborough / Melton

Great Day Out (free entry)
WINNER: Foxton Locks

Great Day Out (small attraction)
WINNER: Stonehurst Farm
HIGHLY COMMENDED: 1620s House and Gardens at Donington le Heath

Great Day Out (large attraction)
WINNER: Conkers
HIGHLY COMMENDED: National Space Centre / King Richard III Visitor Centre

Tourism Superstar
WINNER: Deer Herd at Bradgate Park

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Promotions said: “This year’s Tourism Awards were the grandest yet with 77 finalists contesting the categories. Competition was fierce and although we congratulate all of the winners, the standard was so high and every finalist can be proud of their achievements. We’re proud to work with so many fantastic tourism partners and individuals, throughout Leicestershire and beyond.

“This year, the Tourism Superstar accolade has gone to a truly unsung hero, or maybe heroes, in the form of the Deer Herd at Bradgate Park. They have created delight and proved an irresistible draw for literally millions of people over decades and decades. They continue to delight visitors today, as parents and grandparents bring their children along to meet them as they were brought along as children themselves,” continued Martin.

Everards of Leicestershire, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and leading UK provider of fully integrated eTourism solutions, NVG all sponsored individual award categories.