Pride of Britain Hotels Winter 2014 / 2015 Newsletter

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Obsessed with kitchen talent

Northcote in Lancashire will play host for the fourteenth consecutive year to its extraordinary food festival named “Obsession 15″. It takes place at the Pride of Britain member hotel from January 20th to 29th.

This year the festival is proud to welcome an eclectic line up of chefs; Paul Ainsworth, At Number 6 Restaurant, Padstow; Eric Chavot, Brasserie Chavot, London; Gary Jones, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford; Paul Cunningham, Henne Kirkeby Kro, Denmark; Adam Byatt, Trinity London ; Jonray & Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, Casamia, Bristol ; Adam Simmonds, Formerly of Adam Simmonds Restaurant At Danesfield House Marlow-on-Thames; Michael Wignall, The Latymer, At Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey; Lisa Allen, Northcote, Blackburn and Nigel Haworth, Northcote, Blackburn.

Picture shows Northcote’s own Lisa Allen at work.

Hotelier of the Year

Congratulations from all at Pride of Britain to Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels (owners of South Lodge in Sussex) who was named Hotelier of the Year by The Caterer magazine on November 12th.

Previous recipients of this most coveted title include Richard Ball (Calcot Manor & Barnsley House), David Levin (The Capital), George Goring (The Goring) and Harry Murray (Lucknam Park).

The award was presented at a special lunch at The Grosvenor House, attended by some of the best known figures in the hospitality industry. Mr Pecorelli paid tribute to his father who created Exclusive Hotels in the early 1980s, and to his outstanding team of staff and managers. He said that the challenge for our industry in the coming years will be attracting and retaining talented people.


Gathering of the Pride

Sixty five owners, directors and general managers from Pride of Britain member properties will convene at Tylney Hall on November 24th, along with the consortium’s head office team and representatives from its 13 commercial partner companies. Quite a gathering and a chance for everyone to play their part in shaping next year’s plans.

This will be our 32nd annual conference and we look forward to a lively day followed by a fabulous dinner in the hotel’s beautiful Oak Room.

See this excellent review of Tylney Hall in the current Radio Times:—hotel-review


Stars in orbit

Ten Pride of Britain member hotels have successfully retained their Michelin Stars yet again this year: Lucknam Park, The Montagu Arms, Northcote, Lords of the Manor, The Chester Grosvenor, Ockenden Manor, South Lodge, Grand Jersey, Hambleton Hall and The Capital.

This is an outstanding achievement on the part of the kitchen and service teams at each property – many congratulations to them all.

AA Hospitality Awards 2014

It was a great night for Pride of Britain’s member hoteliers, scooping several of the top AA awards at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London on September 22nd.

Hotel of the Year for England was named as Dormy House, Worcestershire which recently underwent a multi million pound refurbishment to much acclaim. The award was sponsored by PoB commercial partners Temple Spa.

Small Hotel Group of the Year was won by the Eden Collection, owners of eight outstanding hotels which include two Devon members of Pride of Britain: Bovey Castle and Buckland Tout Saints.

And it didn’t end there. The Wine Award for Wales went to The Grove at Narberth and the coveted “Chefs’ Chef of the Year” prize went to Nathan Outlaw whose extensive work in hospitality includes his role as mastermind of the Michelin starred Outlaws at The Capital in London.

Congratulations to all of them, and to the many other Pride of Britain members who continue to hold copious AA red stars and rosettes.



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