MACDONALD Hotels picked up Hotel Group of the Year Award at the 2007/2008 AA Hospitality Awards.
Hotel of the Year (England) went to Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, Berkshire, and The Orchard House, Northumberland took the Guest Accommodation of the Year’ (England) gong.
Michael Caines, executive chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon, received the Chefs’ Chef Award. The AA Business Excellence Award went to TLH Leisure in Torquay, while the first AA Small Hotel Group of the Year award went to Red Carnation Hotel.
In this year’s Welsh categories, Hotel of the Year went to The Quay Hotel in Denganwy Quay, while Ty Mawr Mansion in Aberaeron took the Guest Accommodation of the Year award, and the AA Wine Award went to The Bell at Skenfrith.s.
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire was voted Best UK Leisure Hotel by readers of Cond» Nast Traveller magazine.
Twyn yr Hydd House in Margam Park, near Port Talbot, has been awarded platinum status for its meetings and conference facilities following an inspection by VisitWales.
The Bildeston Crown in Suffolk has made its first entry into The Good Food Guide, with chef/ manager Chris Lee jointly winning the ‘Up-And-Coming Chefs Award for the UK. The 10-room hotel has also achieved three AA rosettes.
West Stoke House restaurant with rooms near Chichester was named Most Improved Restaurant in The Good Food Guide 2008.
The Olive Branch & Beech House, Rutland, with six guest bedrooms, was named Michelin Pub of the Year in Michelin’s 2008 Eating Out in Pubs guide.
Tyddyn Llan Luxury Restaurant with Rooms, Snowdonia, is Welsh Restaurant of the Year in the Good Food Guide.
Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa in County Durham won the prize for Best Staff Training at the British Beauty & Spa Awards, while the hotel also took the Small Hotel of the Year title at the North East Tourism Awards.