More than 40 of Staffordshire’s best tourism and hospitality businesses will go head-to-head at the prestigious Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards 2023.
More than 95 entries from across the county of Staffordshire have been whittled down for the next stage, which includes a potential mystery visit from the independent judges, to help decide the overall winners in the 19 categories.
The winners will then be announced live at a glittering black-tie awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Midlands Today’s Rebecca Wood, on Thursday 9 March 2023 at Doubletree by Hilton Stoke-on- Trent.
Many of the ‘Gold’ winners will progress to represent Staffordshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in June 2023.
Philip White, Cabinet Member with responsibility for tourism at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Enjoy Staffordshire tourism awards remain an important competition for our tourism and hospitality sector, and each year we see more and more entries which is great. These awards are all about celebrating the contributions of everyone working in the sector to give visitors a great experience of our wonderful county. I’d like to congratulate all those businesses shortlisted for an award and for getting through the first stage. I wish them the best of luck in the Mystery Shopper visit which is the next stage of the competition.”
The shortlisted businesses for the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards 2022-23 are:
Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award: Alton Towers Resort, Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, near Leek, The Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Trentham Estate
B&B/Guest House of the Year: Black Lion Inn, Butterton, Leek, Eagle House, Eccleshall, The Little George, Eccleshall
Business Events Venue of the Year: Aspects at The National Memorial Arboretum, Keele University
Events & Conferencing: The Moat House, Acton Trussell
Camping, Glamping & Holiday Park of the Year, sponsored by Hoseasons: ABC Leisure Group, Kings Orchard Marina, nr. Lichfield, Lower Micklin Touring Park, nr. Denstone, Quarry Walk Park, nr. Cheadle
Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: Duck Goose, Leek, The Granary at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, The Waterfront, Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood
Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award, sponsored by Staffordshire Environmental
Quality Mark: Alton Towers Resort, Black Lion Inn, Butterton, Leek, Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek, Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, Alton, The Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Experience of the Year: Be A Keeper Experience, Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek, Breakfast with Monkeys V.I.P. Experience, Trentham Monkey Forest, Go Ape Cannock Chase, Cannock, Tailor Made Tour, National Memorial Arboretum, Throw A Pot Experience, LoveClay Studio, Stoke-on-Trent
Food &Drink Retailer/Farm Shop of the Year: Denstone Hall Farm Shop, near Uttoxeter, Gelato & Cakes, Cheadle, The Milk Stop
Independent Restaurant of the Year: Hoar Cross Hall, nr Burton upon Trent, Lunar, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, No.26 at Aston Marina, Stone, The Dial Restaurant, Burton upon Trent
Large Hotel of the Year: CBeebies Land Hotel, Alton Towers Resort, Hoar Cross Hall, nr. Burton upon Trent, The Moat House, Acton Trussell, The Tawny Hotel, Consall, near Leek
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Alton Towers Resort, National Memorial Arboretum, Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham Estate
New Tourism Business Award: Duck Goose, Leek, Jungle Street Kitchen, Lichfield, Lumberjaxs Axe Throwing, Tamworth, Lunar, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent
Pub of the Year: Black Lion Inn, Butterton, near Leek, The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, The Little George, Eccleshall, The Tamworth Tap, Tamworth
Resilience & Innovation Award, sponsored by Service Science Ltd: Duck Goose, Leek, Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek, The Stones Market, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year, sponsored by cottages.com: Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, near Leek, Lane Head Barns, Leek, Mayfield Snuggery, Mayfield, Weston Park Holiday Cottages, Weston-under-Lizard
Small Hotel of the Year: The Dog & Doublet Inn, Sandon, near Stafford, Walnut House at The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Dorothy Clive Garden, near Newcastle-under-Lyme, Foxfield Railway, Blythe Bridge, Play@ Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge,The Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Tea Room & Coffee Shop of the Year: Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café, near Uttoxeter, Gelato & Cakes, Cheadle, Pom’s Kitchen & Deli, Lichfield, Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, Alton
Unsung Hero, sponsored by We Are Staffordshire: Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek, Philip Astley Projects CIC/Van Buren Organisation, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Trentham Estate
Charlotte Cain, Visitor Economy Partnerships Development Manager at Enjoy Staffordshire, said:
“We are delighted with the entries that we have received this year, which is testament to the high
quality of Staffordshire’s visitor offer. Not only is the county home to nationally recognised brands, but the collective offer is what makes Staffordshire the UK’s biggest and best playground offering employment to local people and enjoyment for all. We are very proud of our operators who continuously strive for excellence, and we look forward to celebrating their success.”
(Main image award winners 2022.)
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