Finalists announced for Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2018

108 tourism businesses from across Leicester and Leicestershire have reached the finals of this year’s Leicestershire Tourism & Hospitality Awards. The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Athena in Leicester on 29 November 2018.

Now in its 8th year, the awards are organised by Leicestershire Promotions and are aimed at finding the best tourism businesses in Leicestershire. With some of these businesses achieving multiple nominations, there are 153 finalists in the 22 categories in the 2018 awards.

Most Enjoyable Stay - Self Catering
• Barford Top Campsite
• Lakeview Lodges
• Boutique Narrow Boats
• Brook Meadows
• Bumpkin Yurt
• Eye Kettleby Lakes
• Mallory Meadows
• Foxton Locks Lodges
• Fair Farm Hideaway

Most Enjoyable Stay - Guest House/Hotel
• Bybrook Barn
• Marston Croft B&B
• Best Western Ullesthorpe Court
• Holywell House
• Cini Restaurant Hotel and Bar
• The Belmont Hotel
• College Court Hotel
• Badgers Mount Hotel
• Winstanley House
• Abbots Oak Manor

Most Innovative Business Tourism Partner
• imago
• National Space Centre
• Leicester Conferences
• Bruntingthorpe Events
• Holiday Inn Leicester

Best Formal Dining Experience
• Taste Restaurant at Leicester College
• The Belmont Hotel
• Lighthouse
• White Peacock
• North Bar & Kitchen
• John's House

Best Leicestershire Breakfast
• The Geese and Fountain
• Oakley Grange Farm Café and Delicatessen
• Tithe Barn, Cosby
• The Café Next Door
• Winstanley House
• Abbots Oak Manor

Best Casual Dining Experience
• The Geese and Fountain
• The Fish and The Chip
• Abbots Oak
• Boboli Restaurant
• Bom Bom Patisserie
• Blacksmiths Arms, Barrow
• Knight and Garter
• Forge, Glenfield
• The Baker Arms, Blaby
• The Badgers Mount Hotel
• Lakeside Bistro & Tearoom
• Winstanley House

Best Local Food/Farm Shop
• Farndon Fields
• Waterloo Cottage Farm
• Oakley Grange Farm Café & Delicatessen

Best Afternoon Tea
• Taste Restaurant Leicester College
• Three Swans Hotel
• Lakeside Bistro & Tearoom
• The City Rooms
• Tyler’s Tearoom
• Rose Cottage Tearooms
• The Café Next Door
• Abbots Oak
• Stonehurst Farm

Best Pub Experience
• The Geese and Fountain
• The White Horse, Quorn
• The Blue Bell, Hoby
• The Cradock Arms
• The Pug & Greyhound
• The Real Ale Classroom
• Stamford Arms, Groby
• Griffin Inn, Swithland

Best Customer Service
• Lakeside Bistro & Tearoom
• Leicester Conferences
• Barkers Interiors

Best Team
• Fieldsport UK
• The Café Next Door
• Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel
• Moira Furnace
• Leicester Conferences
• Century Theatre
• Loughborough Town Hall
• White Peacock
• Blacksmiths Arms, Barrow
• The City Rooms
• Lakeside Bistro & Tearoom
• Stonehurst Farm
• The Link Hotel
• King Richard III Visitor Centre
• Ashby Steam

Most Inspiring Manager
• Serendipity (Let’s Dance International Frontiers)
• Leicester Conferences
• White Peacock
• Y Theatre, East Street

Rising Star
• Leicester Conferences
• Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel
• Zaminis
• John's House Restaurant
• King Richard III Visitor Centre

Best Local Food & Drink Producer
• Gelato Village
• Bradgate Park
• FarrinHeight Foods
• Mount St Bernard's Abbey
• Cocoa Amore
• Waterloo Cottage Farm
• The Bee Farmer

Best Cocktail
• The Fish and The Chip
• White Peacock
• Gadabout

Favourite Festival or Event – Paid
• Serendipity (Let’s Dance International Frontiers)
• Timber - National Forest
• The Victory Show
• Foxlands Farm, Cosby
• Ashby Steam Show
• Stonehurst Farm
• Bosworth Medieval Festival

Favourite Festival or Event - Free
• Hello Heritage Festival 2017
• Foxton Locks Open Weekends
• Jim's Tractor Run
• Ride Leicester
• Western Park Festival
• Loughborough Fair
• Market Harborough Carnival
• Paint the Town Red - Melton Mowbray
• Market Harborough - food and drink festival
• Heather Scarecrow Festival
• Market Harborough - Classic Car Show
• Hinckley - The Snap Dragon children and family festival
• Market Bosworth Festival Big Weekend

Best Day Out
• Wistow Maze
• Fieldsport UK
• Conkers
• Archery Legends
• King Richard III Visitor Centre Leicester
• Outdoor Pursuit Centre
• National Space Centre
• Stonehurst Family Farm
• 1620s House
• Twycross Zoo
• Foxton Locks

Best Night Out
• Century Theatre
• Loughborough Town Hall
• Haunted Heritage Paranormal Events
• Canteen

Best Shopping Experience
• Ferrers Gallery - Ashby de la Zouch
• Loughborough
• Ashby Town

Best Town or Village
• Ashby de la Zouch
• Loughborough
• Kegworth
• Market Harborough
• Melton Mowbray

Best Outdoor Experience
• Greenwood Days
• Heather Scarecrow Festival
• Haunted Heritage

The full list of finalists and details of how to book tables at the ceremony can be found at www.goleicestershire.com/awards

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Promotions said: “After a comprehensive judging process, presided over by a panel of independent industry figures, we’ve managed to get the longlist of applicants down to the final numbers. The competition is extremely fierce this year and we look forward to revealing the deserved winners at the glittering ceremony in November.”

Everards, Pear Communications, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council have been confirmed as corporate supporters of this year’s Awards. Regular updates will be posted on the @l_p_l Twitter page, using the #THAwards18 hashtag.