NEETA 2019 Award - Results

It was a fantastic night for Northumberland businesses at the 2018 North East England Tourism Awards held last night in a glittering event at Newcastle Civic Centre.

In her welcome speech at the event, Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative Sarah Stewart said this year’s awards had “the highest number of entries ever received” with 145 entries from 126 businesses. From there, 57 businesses were shortlisted across 15 awards categories showcasing the wide variety of quality tourism businesses across County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Northumberland businesses were shortlisted in twelve out of the fifteen categories. From that, they gained a staggering nine Gold awards, along with a further eight Silver, ten Bronze and seven Highly Commended awards.

It was a particularly successful night for The Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland who scooped gold awards in both Dog Friendly Business and Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year as well as Silver in Tourism Pub of the Year and Bronze in Taste of England.

Having won Gold in the Bed and Breakfast of the Year Category in 2017, St Cuthbert’s House Bed & Breakfast in Seahouses were once again crowned gold award winners. It was also two years in a row for Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut who won the gold Sustainable Tourism Award.

Competition is high in all categories with exceptional standards in the tourism industry across the North East and Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year is no exception to this. Winners for 2018 were St Oswald’s Farm who won after less than one year of trading. Owner Lorraine Reay ‘We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which tops off a brilliant first year for us in the tourism industry.’

Jude Leitch, Director of Northumberland commented ‘Tourism is extremely valuable in Northumberland bringing in over £900 million in 2017 and is the second most important employment sector in the county. These outstanding statistics would not be possible without the exceptional standards offered by the numerous tourism businesses throughout the county. It is fantastic to see so many Northumberland businesses being recognised at these esteemed awards.’

The full list of Northumbrian winners:

B&B of the Year

St Cuthbert’s House - Gold

Layside Bed & Breakfast - Bronze

Budle Hall – Highly Commended

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Lord Crewe Arms – Gold

William De Percy – Silver

Barrasford Arms - Bronze

Dog Friendly Business

Lord Crewe Arms - Gold

Mains Cottages - Silver

South Tynedale Railway - Bronze

The Lindisfarne Inn – Highly Commended

Guided Tour of the Year

Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours - Gold

Lundgren Tours Ltd - Silver

Chillingham Wild Cattle Association – Highly Commended

Hotel of the Year

Langley Castle Hotel - Gold

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa - Bronze

Inclusive Tourism

The Commissioners Quay Inn - Bronze

The Hog’s Head Inn – Highly Commended

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

The Alnwick Garden - Gold

Whitehouse Farm Centre - Bronze

Alnwick Castle – Highly Commended

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

St Oswald’s Farm – Gold

Woodside Lodge - Silver

Mains Cottages - Bronze

Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms – Highly Commended

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

South Tynedale Railway - Silver

The Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre – Highly Commended

Sustainable Tourism

Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut - Gold

St Cuthbert’s House - Silver

Taste of England Award

The Potted Lobster - Silver

Lord Crewe Arms - Bronze

Tourism Pub of the Year

Barrasford Arms - Gold

Lord Crewe Arms - Silver

The Twice Brewed - Bronze

The Lindisfarne Inn - Bronze