There will be a few sore heads in Northumberland this morning, following a night of celebrations at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017.
The awards were handed out at the glittering Awards Ceremony at the Waldorf Hotel in London on Monday April 24.
Northumberland was represented in three categories: Bed & Breakfast of the Year, Sustainable Tourism, and Tourism Pub of the Year.
Once again, St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses was crowned B&B of the Year, repeating their success in the awards in 2014.
Owners Jeff & Jill Sutheran said they were “honoured and delighted” to receive the Gold Award for the second time in three years.
Battlesteads Hotel in Wark were clearly thrilled to scoop the top prize for Sustainable Tourism, posting on social media that they were “so happy” at the win.
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “Awards for Excellence winners exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England. We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the winners represent the very best in the industry. I’d like to congratulate St Cuthbert’s House and Battlesteads Hotel on this fantastic achievement.”
Getting through to the Awards for Excellence is an accomplishment in itself, so special recognition must be given to the Tankerville Arms in Eglingham, who were finalists in the Tourism Pub of the Year category.
Local tour guide Kevin Robson of Wild Dog Outdoors was also a nominee for the 2017 Tourism Superstar.
Jude Leitch, director of Northumberland Tourism, said: “Congratulations to all of our award winners and finalists. We’re thrilled to see recognition for the hard work our tourism businesses put into the industry, helping to ensure Northumberland is a top place to visit year on year.”