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Hollies Farm Shop scoops hat trick at Cheshire awards

Winners celebrate at annual Marketing Cheshire Awards at Tatton Park

The Hollies, Team of the Year(Image: Sam Martin)

Cheshire and Warrington’s top-performing tourism businesses celebrated with a night of Hollywood glamour at the annual Marketing Cheshire Awards.

More than 350 guests attended the black-tie event at Tatton Park on Thursday, November 28, enjoying a drinks reception before the three-course awards meal, ceremony and live entertainment.

Award host was Heart FM presenter Angela Jay and this year’s winners included The Hollies Farm Shop, which won Team of the Year and owners Phil and Ed Cowap won Contribution to Cheshire awards.

The awards, now in  their ninth year, added nine new categories to the line up. These included the Taste of Cheshire award, sponsored by Pochin and won by Davenports Tea Room. Ness Botanic Gardens was also awarded for its green efforts, scooping the new Sustainable Tourism award.

Peckforton Castle Hotel, which won Hotel of the Year in 2012 after extensive refurbishment, retained its title and won the Large Hotel of the Year award, sponsored by Virgin Trains.

Chester Zoo, awarded for its Dinosaurs Bites Back! event last year, also enjoyed continued success and scooped the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, sponsored by Routemaster 4 Hire.

Barrie Kelly, director of client services at Marketing Cheshire, said: “It is important that we recognise the quality in this sector which is now worth £2.6 billion and employs over 35,000 people. The visitor economy in Chester and Warrington is growing at double the pace. Last night was a great way to celebrate this success.”

 

The winners

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year: Edgar House

Best Social Media Initiative of the  Year:  Your Carden Summer,  Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Business Tourism Award: Cranage Hall Hotel

Contribution to Cheshire: Phil & Ed Cowap, The  Hollies Farm Shop

Large Hotel of the Year: Peckforton Castle Hotel

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Chester Zoo

Marketing Initiative of the Year: Cholmondely Pageant of  Power, The Source Partnership

Rising Star of the Year: Misha Horder, Senior Spa  Therapist, The Mere Golf Resort &  Spa

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the  Year: The Hollies Forest  Lodges

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Cotebrook Shire Horse  Centre

Small Hotel of the Year: Oddfellows

Sustainable Tourism: Ness Botanic Gardens

Taste of Cheshire Award: Davenports Tea Room

Team of the Year: The Hollies Farm Shop

Tourism Event of the Year: Live from Jodrell Bank

Tourism Experience of the Year: Deer Walks, Tatton Park

Tourism Pub of the Year: Yew Tree Inn, Bunbury

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