Enjoy England for Excellence 2008

Chewton GlenIn case it passed you by, yesterday was St. George’s Day. And I’m sure it was no co-incidence that the presentation of the Enjoy England for Excellence 2008 awards was celebrated on the same day. For the first time, the event was held outside London, with the organisers preferring to opt for the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool. Fittingly, it was held at St. George’s Hall. Here’s a round-up of the winners:

Gold Awards

Large Hotel of the Year
Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Mill Granary Cottage, Lower Teesdale
Stone Cottage, Lake District

Tourism Website of the Year
Philharmonic Hall, London

Small Hotel of the Year
Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel, Yorkshire Dales

Meet England Business Tourism Award
Emirates Stadium, London

Caravan Holiday Park of the Year
Poston Mill Park, Herefordshire

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year
Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms, Devon

Sustainable Tourism Award
Cottage Lodge, New Forest
Strattons Hotel, Norfolk

Taste of England Award
Fifteen Cornwall

Tourism Information Centre of the Year
Liverpool 08 Place

Best Tourism Experience of the Year
Sunderland International Airshow

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinhamshire

Outstanding Customer Service Award
David Pollard of Falmouth Ambassador Ltd.

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Consumer Voted Award – Best Day Out
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Silver Awards

Large Hotel of the Year
Radisson Edwardian Manchester
The Dorchester, London

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Compton Pool Farm, Devon

Tourism Website of the Year
Pennywell Farm, Devon

Small Hotel of the Year
Combe House Hotel, Somerset
Hillbark Hotel, Wirral

Meet England Business Tourism Award
Manchester Central
Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire

Caravan Holiday Park of the Year
Seafield Caravan Park, Northumberland
Sunset Park, Near Blackpool

Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year
Boltongate Old Rectory, Lake District
The Old Manse, Northumberland
Clow Beck House, County Durham

Sustainable Tourism Award
Fern Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Gloucestershire

Taste of England Award
The Old Bakery, Lincoln

Tourism Information Centre of the Year
Nottingham Tourism Centre
Brighton Visitor Centre

Best Tourism Experience of the Year
Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival
Castle Howard, York

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire
Forde Abbey and Gardens, Somerset

Outstanding Customer Service Award
Mick Logg of Xscape, West Yorkshire
The Executive Team at the London Marriott West India Quay

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

Richard Hammond (I assume the one of Top Gear fame?)  has a piece in today’s Guardian newspaper on the winners of the sustainability awards.

Comments (6)

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  2. How is Liverpool the European capital of Culture? There are much nicer cities in Europe than there.

  3. John says:

    Holiday James,
    It is a long time since you asked why Liverpool was a European Capital of Culture and nobody has responded. The answer is that it is not related to how pretty a city is (although Liverpool being a waterfront port city it is not exactly ugly).
    The term is capital of Culture and Liverpool excels here producing the bands from the Beatles to the Wombats, playwrights like Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale. It is also home to some excellent Art Galleries including the Tate Liverpool.

  4. Kay says:

    I agree, John.

    Glasgow was the European City of Culture back in 1990. People often think of the Gorbals and slums when they think of Glasgow, but that’s history.

    Glasgow has a lot going for it. One of my favourite attractions is the Burrell Collection. That’s definitely worth a visit.

  5. irene says:

    Got to agree Kay – Glasgow was very worthy of it’s cultural status with so many museums (Burrell, Lighthouse, Kelvingrove to name a few), theatres, festivals (Comedy, Celtic Connections), sport, and many attractions. It has a healthy cultural legacy and is a friendly city great for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. I may be biased but you’ve got to love your home city!

  6. Emily M says:

    I had no idea there was a Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinhamshire, will have to look that up, it’s funny how you can never visit the places that are just around the corner!

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