The Independent hotel of the year award show

Independent hotel of the year award show 

The Independent hotel award show took place on the 16th October at Olympia in Kensington London.
Independent hotel of the year 2023
A panel of judges had the tough decision of whittling down 111 establishments to the final 8.

Those that made the short list were :
the Atlantic Hotel, Jersey
aviator Hotel, Hampshire
the cottage in the Wood, Malvern
the fish hotel Broadway, Cotswolds
the grand, York
Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire
the Headland, Newquay
nest walk, Inverness

Atlantic Hotel, Jersey 

Jersey’s Atlantic Hotel stands out as one of the nation's top independent hotels, with an impressive track record. This includes over 50 years of ownership by a father-and-son team, exceptional customer service, a loyal base of returning guests, and the renowned Ocean Restaurant boasting 4 AA rosettes.

As the sole representative of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in the Channel Islands and a recent addition to Pride of Britain Hotels, The Atlantic is owned and operated by esteemed hotelier and Master Innholder, Patrick Burke. 

Maintaining high standards is Patrick's primary focus, and he holds all 60+ members of The Atlantic "family" to this same expectation of professionalism.

The Atlantic prides itself on being a responsible employer and has recently achieved accreditation as a Living Wage Jersey Employer, making it the first hotel on the island to do so.

The Atlantic has embarked on a journey towards a greener future by partnering with leading certification body, EarthCheck. They proudly achieved Benchmarked Bronze Status in 2022 and are working towards attaining Silver by the end of 2023.

Furthermore, The Atlantic has recently introduced a new initiative in partnership with Rewild Carbon. This programme seeks to counteract carbon in the environment by rewilding endangered ecosystems within Brazil's Atlantic forest. 

As part of this effort, each guest is presented with the opportunity to offset their carbon footprint by making a suggested donation for every night they stay at their establishment.

Aviator Hotel, Hampshire 

Nestled in Hampshire, just a stone's throw from London, lies Aviator, a prestigious boutique hotel with views of Farnborough Airport. Paying homage to aviation, the hotel boasts sleek designs reminiscent of a propeller. 

As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the striking central rotunda and staircase, surrounded by elegant and understated decor.

The hotel offers a total of 169 rooms, including 19 opulent suites, each exquisitely furnished and equipped with top-of-the-line amenities. 

Regardless of room type, guests can enjoy either a king or super king sized bed, a spacious television with free movie options, climate control for optimal comfort, and a sitting area. Each room also boasts an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower.

Experience a range of exceptional dining options at this hotel. The award-winning Brasserie offers an elegant setting for a refined dinner, featuring seasonal menus crafted with locally-sourced ingredients. 

For a more relaxed atmosphere, One Eleven boasts a state-side dining concept and flavorful dishes that will have you sinking comfortably into your chair. And for a unique and breathtaking experience, head to the secluded Sky Bar, where you can enjoy one of the signature cocktails while overlooking the Farnborough Airport runway.

As one of the top-rated hotels in the UK according to TripAdvisor Traveller reviews, Aviator offers a unforgettable stay. With exceptional amenities, stylish decor, and a convenient location, the hotel is the perfect home away from home for both business and leisure travelers.

The Cottage in the Wood, Malvern 

Indulgent cuisine, restful slumber, and breathtaking vistas - the Cottage in the Wood Malvern is not your typical woodland cottage. Perched atop a hill, this establishment boasts a perfect blend of relaxed sophistication, exceptional cuisine, and intuitive hospitality within its naturally beautiful surroundings. 

With 32 unique rooms spread throughout the Main House, Beech Cottage, and The Coach House, as well as a 2 AA Rosette 1919 Restaurant, Lounge Bar and Terrace for all-day dining and drinks with stunning views.

Nestled in the heart of Britain lies The Malverns, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. A quiet retreat away from the bustling Cotswolds, this Area of Outstanding Beauty boasts magnificent landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

Immerse yourself in its quaint villages, panoramic vistas, and historic landmarks. For an idyllic getaway amidst breathtaking surroundings, look no further than The Cottage in the Wood Malvern as your home base. 

Take in the sweeping views while sipping a cocktail on the Terrace or unwind with a cup of coffee and friendly conversation in the Lounge Bar. And for adventure seekers, the Malvern Hills beckon right outside the hotels doorstep, with no set schedule, just pure enjoyment of delicious cuisine. Pleasant company, and stunning sights.

The Fish Hotel, Cotswolds

The Fish Hotel, part of the Farncombe estate located in the Cotswolds, is a unique collection of hotel houses and huts. Privately owned by one family for more than four decades, Farncombe has recently undergone a considerable transformation with a significant investment. 

Situated high above Broadway village, The Fish Hotel shares its sister properties with Dormy House, Foxhill Manor and Hillside Hangouts. All situated on the 500-acre estate, guests can enjoy a variety of accommodations and experiences.

In addition to the charming country-style accommodations of The Stables, The Outhouse, and The Coach House, also located on the premises are cozy shepherd’s huts - known as Hilly Huts and Hideaway Huts - and three Treehouses, which can be accessed via a rope bridge.

Nestled at The Fish is Hook, a relaxed seafood-inspired restaurant led by Head Chef Richard Thorpe and overseen by Farncombe's Culinary Director Martin Burge. Alongside this, The Feasting Deck offers an interactive BBQ dining experience exclusively for private groups of up to 20.

For those looking to explore the local area, The Boot Room provides walking maps and boots from The Original Muck Boot Company. Additionally, guests can benefit from amenities such as a 'Dunk your Dog' dog bath and a recycled wood children's play zone. 

As part of the Farncombe Adventures program, visitors can enjoy activities like axe-throwing, archery, clay shooting, and wellness walks in the woodland.

The Grand, York

Located in the heart of York, one of England's most historic and vibrant cities, The Grand, York is a must-visit destination that seamlessly blends timeless elegance with modern luxury. With its prime location and unbeatable experience, it's the ultimate choice for anyone looking to take a city break.

The Grand is a luxurious choice for those seeking to fully experience York's rich history and vibrant culture. Its striking architecture and top-notch attention to detail and service make it an ideal gateway.

Plus, its central location allows guests to effortlessly discover the city's iconic landmarks, charming streets, and cultural attractions.

The Grand is a luxurious choice for those seeking to fully experience York's rich history and vibrant culture. Its striking architecture and top-notch attention to detail and service make it an ideal gateway.

Plus, its central location allows guests to effortlessly discover the city's iconic landmarks, charming streets, and cultural attractions.

A notable aspect of the hotel is its remarkable array of dining choices. Guests can enjoy a contemporary British and Yorkshire-influenced tasting menu at Legacy, a Michelin-recognized restaurant.

For those looking for a more distinguished experience, Rise Restaurant and Terrace Bar holds an AA Rosette and boasts indulgent afternoon teas and locally sourced ingredients as their specialties.

In addition to its luxurious accommodations, the hotel boasts a cutting-edge Cookery School. This culinary paradise provides an immersive learning and creative outlet for those passionate about food and aspiring chefs alike. With such a diverse culinary program, guests can revel in a multitude of gastronomic adventures.

Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Nestled among the Narberth hills, enveloped by fields, forests and well-established gardens, lies the elusive Grove of Narberth. If not sought out intentionally, this gem may easily be overlooked. 

Allow yourself to be greeted with a genuine Welsh reception, reserved for dear and esteemed companions, as you explore the carefully refurbished residence and estate – your new sanctuary in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Immerse yourself in its enchantment, bask in the crisp countryside air, and retreat to a realm of refined indulgence.

Experience a relaxed and welcoming approach to exceptional hospitality at this beautiful small luxury hotel. Each individually designed bedroom offers a modern twist on a traditional Welsh country house. 

While renowned Fernery and Artisan restaurants provide outstanding dining options. Join the team at the Grove and soak up the spirit of good cheer and laughter that they like to call 'hwyl' in Wales.

The Headland, Newquay

Since its establishment in 1979, The Headland has been a unique, family-owned resort situated along the rugged Cornish clifftops. Known for its commitment to providing a laid-back yet luxurious experience and exceptional hospitality. 

It seamlessly blends modern amenities such as the breathtaking Aqua Club and top-rated spa facilities with timeless traditions and charm.

The team at The Headland believes that each guest should feel welcome upon arrival and leave feeling refreshed, no matter their background. This is the essence of a holiday. 

As a result, The Headland has become a beloved and timeless destination for countless returning visitors. Its renowned architecture and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are just a few of the enticing reasons to explore this extraordinary resort.

Under the guidance of the second generation of family members, a £3 million renovation project was carried out at the hotel during winter 22/23. The main 170 guest restaurant, two-storey kitchen, and team dining area were all part of this extensive update. 

The result was the highly praised opening of Restaurant RenMor, which has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from both loyal patrons and first-time visitors.

During April 2023, The Headland was recognized in the BBC documentary "Simon Reeves' return to Cornwall" for transforming the perception of hospitality work in one of the UK's most impoverished regions.

Through providing year-round employment opportunities for young people, older individuals, those with special needs, and those who were previously homeless, The Headland has made a positive impact.

Furthermore, the team continuously engages with local, national, and international schools and colleges to educate and inspire aspiring young individuals.

The Headland is renowned as the preferred beachside resort destination in the UK, providing guests with a welcoming atmosphere akin to being at home. Here, visitors are embraced like family and can fully indulge in the Cornish hospitality.

Ness Walk, Inverness

Located on the picturesque banks of the River Ness in the Scottish Highlands, Ness Walk is setting a new standard for luxury. The property exudes an air of grandeur with its 19th-century house (listed as Grade B), creating a postcard-worthy backdrop against the serene riverside.

As you pass through the gated entrance, you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of chilled champagne. From the 47 beautifully designed bedrooms to the impeccable hospitality, Ness Walk exudes a warm Highland welcome. 

The hotel boasts exceptional finishes and fabrics, but what truly sets it apart is the team's unwavering dedication to providing personalized luxury experiences that exceed expectations.

The renowned Torrish Restaurant at the hotel has cemented its place on Scotland's culinary scene, highlighting the unique aspects of the Scottish Highlands. 

With a stunning view of the river, Torrish offers an ingredient-centric menu that highlights seasonal and local produce from independent producers and growers. Each dish is expertly crafted and reflects the region's skills and character.

While sustainability is commonly linked to extravagant actions, Ness Walk approaches it differently. The hotel utilizes solar panels on its rooftops and promotes the use of electric vehicles with 11 EV Charging Points, proving that even small choices can make a big difference.

The hotels' recent Gold Green Tourism Award reflects their dedication to both providing a superior guest experience and preserving the local environment and community. They are incredibly proud of this recognition and the initiatives that have contributed to it.

From venturing through breathtaking scenery to tasting the best whiskies on a distillery tour or perfecting your golf game at top-notch courses, Ness Walk provides the ultimate level of luxury and personalized service.

Members of the public along with award show attendees cast their vote for the winner.

The winner of independent hotel of the year 2023 was The Headland, Cornwall. With Chris Bancroft MIH, Operations Manager at The Newt in Somerset winning GM of the future.

Jonathan Raggett, CEO of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection (Red Carnation Hotels), was also recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the sector and to the next generation of hospitality professionals.

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