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.”
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.
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.
We are delighted to welcome Jacuzzi - makers of high quality hot tubs, whirlpool baths, steam rooms and much besides – as commercial partners to Pride of Britain Hotels. They join an exclusive selection of companies catering to the luxury hotel sector, all of whom can be found here http://www.prideofbritainhotels.com/Our_Partners/
If you would like to find out more about Jacuzzi and its products for home use please call 01274 654725 or visit www.jacuzzi.co.uk
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa received the winning Gold Award in the large hotel category at the South West Tourism Awards on Jan 30th. It is yet another feather in the cap of this lovely Wiltshire property, and well earned praise for MD Claire Randall and her team.
Fellow PoB member Barnsley House also did well, receiving the Bronze award in the small hotel category. No mean feat in a region that has so many excellent hotels to choose from.
For the full list of award winners please see http://www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk/page/36/201314-winners.htm
The latest hotel to be elected into membership of the Pride of Britain collection of independent hotels is the lovely Airds at Port Appin, Argyll. Guests can enjoy superb loch views from this small and luxurious hotel, owned and run by Shaun and Jenny McKivragan. Please look out for details on our web site soon, in the meantime see www.airds-hotel.com
Give the gift of luxury with Pride of Britain gift vouchers.
Available in multiples of £50 and £100 our vouchers can be used as full or part payment for accommodation or meals at any of the 48 member hotels around the UK. Presented with a copy of our beautifully illustrated hotel directory, vouchers are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase.
And now a gift from us…vouchers used for stays during the month of January are worth an extra 20%.
A wonderful new addition to the Pride of Britain collection can be found at Windermere in the Lake District. Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a luxurious family-run retreat which in recent years has been stylishly transformed. The hotel provides another great option, alongside exisiting member Holbeck Ghyll, for anyone looking to be pampered in one of England’s outstandingly beautiful areas.
Look out for full details on our web site soon.
Eamonn Elliott, General Manager of Pride of Britain member hotel Grand Jersey, has been crowned Young Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors. Commenting on this prestigious award Mr Elliott said “I cannot thank my team enough for all their efforts, which have enabled Grand Jersey to achieve national recognition as well as local accolades. Everything we do is centred on providing an unrivalled experience for our guests so to have that independently endorsed is particularly pleasing”.
No fewer than eleven Pride of Britain member hotels have earned Michelin stars in the company’s 2014 guide, the latest being Outlaw’s at The Capital in London.
Others retaining their well deserved stars are:The Chester Grosvenor, Lords of the Manor, South Lodge, Northcote, Ockenden Manor, The Montagu Arms, Grand Jersey, Hambleton Hall, Lucknam Park and Holbeck Ghyll.