Sunday Times “Ultimate 100 British Hotels”

Congratulations to all the Pride of Britain member hotels who made it onto this weekend’s Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels published on 14th September.

  • Bailiffscourt and Barnsley House (in the ‘Romantic’ category)
  • Lewtrenchard Manor (‘Foodie’)
  • Lords of the Manor (‘Country’)
  • Calcot Manor (‘Family’)
  • Dormy House, Ockenden Manor and the Lake House at Gilpin Hotel (‘Spa’)

Find them all at


Independent Hotelier of the Year – the nominees

Two prestigious awards are to be presented at this year’s Independent Hotel Show on the evening of October 21st at Olympia, London. The two day show continues on Oct 22.

We are delighted to find that, of the six nominees for Independent Hotelier of the Year 2014, three are Pride of Britain members. Here’s the full list:

Craig Bancroft and Nigel Haworth – Northcote Manor

Kit and Tim Kemp – Firmdale Hotels

Mark Sainsbury, Michael Benyan and Jason Catifeoglou – The Zetter and Zetter Townhouse

Ian Schrager – Ian Schrager Company

David Levin – The Capital Hotel

Tim Hart – Hambleton Hall and Harts

Character and charm

From the results of a global survey carried out by our friends at Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), as reported in the September issue of Boutique Hotelier magazine, the top factor influencing a booking decision is whether an establishment has “an air of character/charm” which was selected by well over 50% of respondents.

We couldn’t agree more. Although character and charm are difficult attributes to quantify, beyond the crude scale of a star rating system, they are extremely important to our guests. That is why hotels applying for membership of Pride of Britain are subject to a system of inspection and voting that is controlled by the members themselves.

We may not be global, but we do strive to present the best of British luxury with all its charms.


A glimpse of luxury at Maison Talbooth Hotel

The Good Hotel Guide and Pride of Britain

The Good Hotel Guide, founded 36 years ago, is a uniquely independent publication largely driven by the comments of its readers. The guide features many of the hotels that are members of Pride of Britain and in those cases you will see a reference to a hotel’s membership of the consortium at the foot of their page within the web site of The Good Hotel Guide and of their listing in the guide on their page within our own web site.

We are delighted to be helping each other in this way, since both Pride of Britain and the Good Hotel Guide share a common interest in promoting the very best of British hospitality.

The guide’s editor, Adam Raphael says “ GHG prides itself on its independence, but we don’t believe that forming closer links with a group that stresses the importance of great hospitality compromises this. Our view is where there are joint entries, our readers won’t go wrong in choosing them as a great place to stay. And that  is why we now have agreed to reciprocal web links. Both our selected hotels and the Guide will benefit from increased web traffic.”

What it means to be a Pride of Britain hotel

Estimates vary as to how many hotels there are in Britain, but whichever number you take runs into the tens of thousands.

Of these just 50 are allowed to call themselves members of Pride of Britain.

It is the hoteliers themselves who own the consortium and they have the last word on who can join, so it isn’t easy to gain admission.

That is why you can feel confident, whenever you book to stay at a Pride of Britain member property, that it will be one of the best independent hotels in the country where great hospitality comes as standard.


All in a day’s work

Ever wondered what busy people do on a sunny weekday? Here are four of the twenty players who took part in Pride of Britain’s golf day at Luton Hoo on July 29th. Pictured L-R Peter Hancock (Pride of Britain), David Petitt (Elite Hotels), Emma Blood (American Express) and Simon Numphud (the AA).

Top score on the day was achieved by Chris Ward, Commercial Director of PoB member hotel Dormy House.

Thanks to the golf team at Luton Hoo and our own Sarah Holness for arranging a great day. And we can recommend Luton Hoo’s beautiful course especially because it has NO SAND BUNKERS AT ALL.

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 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.