Barbour & Pride of Britain: WIN a cookery break at Northcote

Pride of Britain hotels are delighted to introduce a new collaboration with the iconic British luxury brand, Barbour, focusing on our common values of the heritage and authenticity of Great Britain.

To celebrate this collaboration, the renowned luxury country-house hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote, a proud Pride of Britain member in Lancashire, is offering a two-night stay with breakfast and in-room Barbour gifts. Co-owned by Michelin-starred chef, Nigel Haworth, Northcote boasts an outstanding cookery school in the heart of its prestigious kitchen and the prize includes a one day cooking course and a five-course Gourmet dinner, inviting you to experience the energy of a Michelin-starred kitchen. For more information and the opportunity to win this fabulous prize, please enter here http://www.barbour.com/pride-of-britain-competition

As part of this collaboration, six selected Pride of Britain members, including Northcote, have teamed up with Barbour to create a unique series of blogs from September 2015 to February 2016 combining the hotels’ local insider tips with Barbour’s top picks of what to wear whilst you’re exploring them.

Discover these hidden secrets on the Barbour Blog.

 

Scottish hospitality visits London

Pride of Britain’s only floating member hotel the splendid Hebridean Princess moored up near Tower Bridge on the Thames for a brief stop in London this week and its operators used the opportunity to put on a delightful lunch for business associates and other guests and to show off the results of a major refurbishment. Needless to say pipes were played and haggis was addressed in the traditional manner.

Here she is on The Thames, leaving the city behind at the start of another luxurious cruise.

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Sept 3-6

We are delighted to be exhibiting this year at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials which runs from September 3rd to 6th inclusive.

Please come and meet a few of our member hoteliers on the Pride of Britain stand within the Country Living Pavilion, collect your complimentary hotel directory and enter our prize draw to win £250 in Pride of Britain hotel vouchers.

Two new member hotels join Pride of Britain

We are delighted to welcome two new hotels: Armathwaite Hall near Keswick in the Lake District and Rockliffe Hall near Darlington in County Durham. Look out for their pages on the Pride of Britain website soon, and of course the famous Pride of Britain plaque outside their front doors.

Admission to the consortium is subject to an inspection visit by an existing member hotelier, approval by the elected board and then a vote involving all members. We have an upper limit of 50 hotels (all within the UK) to preserve the quality and exclusivity of the brand. Members pay an annual fee to cover a wide range of marketing and other services and all are visited on a rotating basis by our mystery guests.

So, getting in is quite an achievement!

Tatton Park flower show

Pride of Britain Hotels will once again be exhibiting at the Tatton Park Flower Show (22-26 July 2015) in the Country Living Pavilion. Set in magnificent parklands, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival atmosphere. A spectacular day out, not just for plant lovers but for friends and family too.

Tatton Park in Cheshire is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates. It is home to a Tudor Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park.  For more information on the show or to purchase your tickets in advance visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park

Pride of Britain Hotel Members will be on the stand each day, so please do pass by and say hello to our team if you are planning on attending the show. It would be great to have the chance to let you know the latest news and updates from the Pride.

2015 Catey Awards – Independent Hotel of the Year is Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor in West Sussex was named “Independent Hotel of the Year” at the prestigious Catey Awards on July 7th. Congratulations to its owners, management and team on this singular achievement.

To see the winners in all categories please click here. 

One of the six distinguished judges for this award, Patrick Burke (owner of The Atlantic in Jersey) commented “Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking have rescued a national treasure, but the real driver behind Gravetye’s renaissance is the comprehensive strategic plan that is being so ably implemented by Andrew Thomason and his team” (pictured below)

photo: Andrew Mowle (Temple Spa)

Chance favours Pride of Britain at the Cateys

The shortlisted candidates for this year’s prestigious Catey Awards, organised by the publishers of The Caterer magazine, have just been announced and the three shortlisted candidates in the category of greatest interest to us, ‘Independent Hotel of the Year’ all happen to be members of Pride of Britain Hotels.

They are: The Arch London, Gravetye Manor and The Torridon. Well done to the fine trio and we’ll wait eagerly to discover which of them has won when the awards are presented on July 7th.

This particular award is sponsored by BSkyB who are themselves commercial partners to the Pride of Britain consortium so it’s a happy coincidence that friends are thrown together on this occasion. The suspense is terrible!

 

Holbeck Ghyll is voted Small Hotel of the Year

Congratulations to Pride of Britain member, Holbeck Ghyll, on winning Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Small Hotel of the Year 2015’

It’s proving to be a rather good year for the hotel which was also “Highly Commended” by Signpost in their Hotel of The Year 2015 awards as well as receiving a 2 star award from The World of Fine Wine in the World’s Best Wine Lists.

Goring’s MD wins top award

David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director of The Goring, has been named Top General Manager of the Year Worldwide by US-based publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The award was announced at the 2015 Luxury Travel Advisor’s Awards of Excellence, held at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It is presented to the winner of the highest number of votes from readers of Luxury Travel Advisor from a list of nominees drawn up by leading travel operators.

Congratulations to our chairman from all at Pride of Britain Hotels.