Businesses score in tourism awards

Sunday 27th February 2022 5:00 pm
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Lucy Green of Exmoor Character Cottages.

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Hospitality businesses in West Somerset have scooped honours in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel on Exmoor won silver in both the Small Hotel of the Year category and the Restaurant of the Year category for its Coleridge Restaurant, adding to its existing accolades of gold and bronze won in previous years.

John Bradley, who runs the multi award-winning boutique hotel with his wife Jane, said: "What great news this is to kick off our 2022 season! We are absolutely thrilled to have won silver for our hotel accommodation in these prestigious awards and it is a real testament to all the hard work everyone on the team has put in.

"We are also over the moon that our Coleridge Restaurant has been recognised, as we work hard to create the delicious food we produce and all of the locally sourced ingredients we use."

Holi Moli Beach Hut at Dunster Beach scooped gold in the awards for the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award category. A previous winner in Dog Friendly and Self-Catering Business of the Year categories, this award takes the venue automatically through to South West Tourism Awards finals consideration for the third time since 2017.

"After such a difficult time for the tourism industry and with the focus on the climate crisis rising, to achieve this particular award surpasses all our previous awards," said Holi Moli. "We have always been eco-friendly as a business and encourage our guests participation in activities such as beach cleans and discovering eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products we provide while supporting local independent companies."

The gold awards for Glamping Business of the Year and the New Tourism Business went to Old Rectory House in Kilve, which also scooped a bronze for Self-Catering Accommodation.

Exmoor Character Cottages in Minehead won a gold medal in the Resilience and Innovation category.

Kitchen @ Quantock Lakes, near Nether Stowey won bronze for Casual Dining, while Porlock’s Bossington Hall took home silver in the B&B and Guesthouse category.

Finally, in the Visitor Information Service category, Exmoor National Park Centre won silver, while Porlock Visitor Centre won bronze.

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