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Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards 2016

Night of winners at Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards

19 winners including local hotels, festivals and events, visitor attractions, restaurants, B&Bs, pubs, retailers, conference centres and self catering accommodation

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. 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.

View the photographs taken at the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards 2016

Great Places To Eat

Restaurant of the Year
John's House

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

Best Vegetarian Meal

Family Friendly Restaurant
Boboli Restaurant

Best Local Food Retailer
Farndon Fields Farm

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

Best Pub Food
The Red Lion Inn

Great Places To Stay

Hotel of the Year
College Court Conference Centre & Hotel

Best Self Catering Accommodation
Eye Kettleby Lakes

Most Enjoyable Stay
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
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
COMMENDED: Stoneywell, Hawkwise Falconry

Great Day Out - Large Visitor Attraction
Twycross Zoo

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

Best Paid Event
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
The Blacksmith Arms

Best Volunteer Team
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
Eye Kettleby Lakes Log Cabin Cleaning Team

Most Inspiring Manager
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.

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.”

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Clear & Lane is a well-established firm of Chartered Accountants based in Leicester. Our size and experience makes us big enough to serve the accounting, audit and tax needs of large regional businesses and organisations, yet small enough to provide a personal service to smaller owner-managed businesses and private individuals.

Everards' story began in 1849 when William Everard purchased the Southgate Street Brewery, Leicester declaring that 'No effort should be found wanting in the production and supply of genuine ale of first-rate quality'. Today the business is still independent and family owned with an exciting new chapter ahead as it enters its sixth generation.

Everards own over 175 pubs ran by business owners with a passion for delivering the best for their local community.

Hilton is the most recognised name in the industry, with travellers all over the world saying “Take me to the Hilton” for almost a century. And because of our innovative approach to products, amenities and service, Hilton continues to be synonymous with hotel across the globe. Hilton Hotels & Resorts remains the stylish, forward thinking global leader of hospitality – and we help to make travelling easier with our smart design, innovative restaurant concepts, authentic hospitality and commitment to the global community. With more than 570 locations across 6 continents, Hilton provides an authentic and contemporary experience for our guests worldwide.

Hilton Leicester

Leicester Racecourse is a Dual Flat and National Hunt venue, in the heart of Leicester’s community with 32 meetings throughout the year and events for all the family to enjoy. Also known as an outstanding venue for corporate events. For great entertainment, top-class food and fantastic fun, Leicester Racecourse is Leicester’s premier venue.

NVG is the developer of the world’s only integrated tourism technology solution. Since 1985 NVG has supplied software and hardware solutions to Local, Regional and National Tourism Organisations, Destination Management Organisations, Tourist Information Centres and tourism businesses, including hotels, guesthouses, attractions and tourism associations.

NVG’s solutions help destinations and tourism businesses alike communicate more effectively with visitors and businesses, attract new visitors and target new markets, and increase revenue streams.