Tatton Park flower show

Pride of Britain is at the Tatton Park flower show this week, exhibiting within the Country Living Pavilion. Please come and say hello, pick up your free hotel directory and enter our prize draw to win £250 in Pride of Britain gift vouchers which can be used at any of the 49 independent luxury hotels in the collection.

Represented on the stand over the five days are: Bodysgallen Hall, Hartwell House, Middlethorpe Hall, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, The Chester Grosvenor, Northcote, Holbeck Ghyll, The Devonshire Arms, Buckland Tout Saints, The Capital and The Swan at Lavenham.

This is what the stand looked like before the gates were opened…

Who will be at Blenheim Palace?

Visitors to the Country Living Pavilion at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace this week are very welcome to come and meet representatives from several member hotels on the Pride of Britain stand.

They are: Holbeck Ghyll, Bovey Castle, Lucknam Park, Lords of the Manor, The Swan at Lavenham, Airds and Dormy House. In most cases it is the owners and general managers who are with us, along with the irrepressible Stuart Maun who, as well as being a genial show host, also takes charge of Pride of Britain’s presence on Twitter and Facebook. You have been warned!

Summer events

Pride of Britain Hotels will be exhibiting at two more shows this summer: The CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace (July 18-20) and the RHS Tatton Park flower show (July 23-27).

Please come and see us within the Country Living Pavilion and meet some of our member hoteliers, pick up your free hotel directory and enter a prize draw to win £250 in Pride of Britain gift vouchers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Make your hosts winners

Every year the publishers of Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine present their ‘Hotel Catey Awards’, elegant statuettes to the highest achievers in our industry at a glittering ceremony in London. These awards are especially valuable to hoteliers and restaurateurs because they are judged by their peers in the trade.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding person or business there is still time (just) to do so. Please visit www.hotelcateys.com to see all the categories and to make your nomination.

You will not be surprised to learn that Pride of Britain members are among the most frequent recipients of these prestigious awards but nothing is taken for granted where Cateys are concerned.

Hotel of the Year – The Torridon

At an annual gathering of the members of Pride of Britain Hotels, which took place at The Goring on May 12th, it was revealed that our Hotel of the Year for 2014 is The Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Based on a shortlist of candidates provided by our mystery guests, the final selection is made by the consortium’s chairman, based on hospitality.

Congratulations to Dan and Rohaise Rose-Bristow and all at The Torridon on becoming our new pride of the pride.

Come and see us at Badminton

Please visit Pride of Britain at this year’s Badminton Horse Trials – you’ll meet some of the people who own and manage hotels in the collection, pick up our latest directory and enter a prize draw to win £250 in vouchers to spend at any of the 49 hotels in the collection.

Find us in the Country Living Pavilion from Wednesday 7th until Sunday 11th May.

Five stars for Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall in County Durham has been awarded five stars by the AA, along with two AA rosettes for its Byron’s Bar & Restaurant. These accolades place Seaham Hall firmly among the top hotels in the UK and are a credit to the team led by General Manager Ross Grieve who said “This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our superb team of staff…we are, understandably, delighted.”

Masters of wine, spirits and beer

On Monday 24th March key personnel from many of Pride of Britain’s member hotels will gather at The Goring (its beautiful Archive Room is illustrated left) to learn more about the best wine, spirit and beer brands at the consortium’s annual drinks seminar.

Among the companies represented will be Louis Latour Wines, Bibendum, Penfolds, First Drinks Brands, AB InBev and Moet & Chandon.

Good sommeliers and restaurant managers never stop learning – and we are lucky that so many of them are willing to share their knowledge with colleagues from other member hotels at these seminars. All in the quest for better service to our guests.


Who will be number 50?

With 49 member hotels currently in Pride of Britain, and a limit of 50 in the rules of the consortium, the process of admitting new members comes under intense scrutiny.

You may wonder why the limit exists at all. In fact it was one of the founding principles when the collection was formed in 1982 and remains our guarantee of quality and exclusivity.

Only hotels that offer very high levels of hospitality can be considered for membership – and even then it is far from easy to gain admission.

Please let us know who you think deserves to be number 50.