Leicestershire Promotions Tourism and Hospitality Awards

A NIGHT OF WINNERS AT THE LEICESTERSHIRE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY AWARDS 2019

Leicestershire Promotions Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2019

Major Gold winners include hotels, conference venues, campsites, restaurants, cafes, food producers, bars and pubs, festivals and events, and visitor attractions.

Gold winners were announced in 29 categories at this year’s Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards, held at the Athena, Leicester on 28 November 2019.

Gold winners on the night included hotels, conference venues, campsites, restaurants, cafes, food producers, bars and pubs, festivals and events, and visitor attractions. Some of the major winners were The Griffin Inn for Pub of the Year, John’s House restaurant for Taste Leicestershire, Twycross Zoo for Large Visitor Attraction, and the trees of The National Forest who won the coveted Tourism Superstar award.

The National Forest was recognised as this year’s Tourism Superstar for the remarkable transformative effect that it has had in regenerating large swathes of scarred and damaged countryside into a successful new tourism destination.

Now in its 9th year, the awards, organised by Leicestershire Promotions, are the regional heat of the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. 12 of the winners will go forward as Leicestershire’s nominations for the national awards.

The award winners, commended and highly commended finalists are:

 PROUD OF OUR PEOPLE

BEST TEAM
The White Peacock

Highly Commended:
College Court

Commended:
James Café Bistro
Alpaca Park Farm

INSPIRING MANAGER
Esme Ditano from The White Peacock

RISING STAR
Heather Jones from The Forge

BEST LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCER
The Bee Farmer

Highly Commended:
Gelato Village

ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
Timber Festival

NEW BUSINESS TOURISM AWARD
National Forest Ebike Holidays

Highly Commended:
The Tap & Run
Alpaca Park Farm

GREAT PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK

BEST FINE DINING EXPERIENCE
The White Peacock

Highly Commended:
Cini

TASTE OF LEICESTERSHIRE
John’s House

BEST LEICESTERSHIRE BREAKFAST
Café Next Door

Highly Commended:
Alpaca Park Farm
Tithe Barn

BEST CASUAL DINING EXPERIENCE
The Tap & Run

Highly Commended:
The Lighthouse
Winstanley House

Commended:
Boboli

BEST LOCAL FOOD/FARM SHOP
The Melton Cheeseboard

Highly Commended:
Manor Farm Shop

BEST AFTERNOON TEA
Winstanley House

Highly Commended:
The White Peacock

Commended:
Alpaca Park Farm
Café Next Door
Quorn Grange

PUB OF THE YEAR
The Griffin Inn

Highly Commended:
The White Horse

Commended:
The Forge
The Tap & Run

BEST COCKTAIL
The Gadabout

Highly Commended:
The White Peacock

GREAT PLACES TO STAY

SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
Eye Kettleby Lakes

Highly Commended:
Brook Meadow

Commended:
Foxton Locks Lodges

CAMPING, GLAMPING AND HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR
Eye Kettleby Lakes

Highly Commended:
Brook Meadow

Commended:
Barford Top Campsite

LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel

SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Winstanley House

BUSINESS EVENTS VENUE OF THE YEAR
College Court Conference Centre and Hotel

Highly Commended:
Bruntingthorpe Events

B&B/GUEST HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Holywell House

Highly Commended:
Marston Croft 

FABULOUS THINGS TO DO

BEST EVENT – PAID
The Victory Show

Highly Commended:
Nevill Holt Opera

Highly Commended:
Dark Side of the Moon, National Space Centre

BEST EVENT – FREE
Mods: Shaping a Generation and ReVive Festival

Highly Commended:
Bring the Paint
Charnwood 14-18

Commended:
Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival
May the toys be with you

LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Twycross Zoo

Highly Commended:
National Space Centre
Conkers

SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Highly Commended:
Wistow Maze

Commended:
Retro Computer Museum

BEST NIGHT OUT
Loughborough Town Hall

BEST INDEPENDENT RETAIL OUTLET
Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Highly Commended:
Ferrers Gallery

BEST SHOPPING DESTINATION
Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts

Commended:
Ashby de la Zouch
Loughborough

BEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
Greenwood Days

Highly Commended:
Haunted Heritage

Commended:
Avalanche Adventure

BEST ACTIVITY
Ultimate Pie Making Experience - Brockleby’s Pies

TOURISM SUPERSTAR
The National Forest

Photographs from 2019 Awards Ceremony

Fairies
Winstanley House - winner of best afternoon tea
Tourism Awards
Tap and Run - winner of best casual dining experience
Tourism Awards
Farndon Foods Farm Shop
Show
Melton Cheeseboard

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