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Leicestershire Tourism Awards

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.

Leicestershire Tourism Awards 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