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.

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!

 

PoB Chairman goes “Back to the Floor”

David Morgan-Hewitt (in dark jacket below) was among 30 leading hoteliers who went “Back to the Floor” as waiters for a dinner in aid of Hospitality Action in April. The event was the brainchild of Danny Pecorelli (MD of Exclusive Hotels) and Philip Newman-Hall (MD of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons) which raised over £50,000 for the charity, generously hosted by The Langham in London.

This was yet another example of hoteliers working together for a common aim. Well done to all of them. See also: ‘Hancock checks in’ blog 

 

Photo by Jeremy Rata

Gilpin on TV

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in the beautiful Lake District is the subject of a fascinating BBC TV show called Chefs on Trial presented by Alex Polizzi of The Hotel Inspector fame.

The programme shows the Cunliffe family, owners of Pride of Britain member hotel The Gilpin, being helped to recruit a new executive head chef to take the business to a new level of excellence.

It’s well worth watching.

Hotel of the Year – The Grove, Narberth

The Grove, Narberth, in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside has been named Hotel of the Year 2015 by Pride of Britain Hotels. Personally run by its owners, Neil Kedward and Zoe Agar, The Grove has 3 AA rosettes and currently holds the AA Wine Award for Wales.

Nominations for hotel of the year (Pride of Britain’s only annual award) come from a team of mystery guests who stay at every member property on a rotating basis.

The collection is limited to no more than 50 hotels around the UK and has recently adopted a new strapline that its members feel best describes what the consortium stands for: “The Art of Great Hospitality”. The Grove certainly fits that description.

New spa for The Swan at Lavenham

Pride of Britain member The Swan at Lavenham in Suffolk has opened its brand new Weavers’ House Spa.

Within the spa are six treatment rooms (one of which is suitable for couples or double treatments), a luxurious relaxation lounge, manicure and pedicure emporium, an aromatic steam room, a hot stone sauna and an outdoor vitality pool with a decked outside relaxation area.  There are over 30 gorgeous Temple Spa Skin, Body & Soul treatments to choose from and a retail boutique where consultants can advise on products for home use.

Hebridean Princess enjoys extensive refit

In preparation for the new season, The Tiree Lounge, the Library, the Look-Out Lounge and the Conservatory on-board the Hebridean Princess have all been re-designed and re-furbished. Interior designers John Dick & Son have created an individual theme for each room, all linking in with an overall colour scheme, using Scottish fabrics and British made furniture.

In addition to these vast visual improvements the ship’s Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. These exciting enhancements will be revealed to guests aboard the first cruise of the season next week.

Hebridean Princess

Hotel Catey winner

Congratulations to Northcote in Lancashire on winning the Restaurant Team of the Year award at the Hotel Cateys 2014, yet another trophy for their well-stocked cabinet and further proof of the excellence of the team. Also shortlisted in this category were fellow Pride of Britain members The Montagu Arms and The Capital.

Picture shows Northcote’s joint Managing Director Craig Bancroft receiving the famous statuette from sponsors Douwe Egberts Professional.