Winners Crowned in the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence

On Tuesday 20 September, 120 people from tourism businesses throughout the two counties gathered at Eastnor Castle for the Visit Herefordshire & Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence.

60 finalists were represented in ten award categories, ranging from Best Hotel, to Best Food Producer, Best Visitor Attraction and Best Festivals & Events. Guests enjoyed refreshments provided by the Eastnor Castle catering team on the terrace overlooking the Herefordshire countryside before taking their seats in the Great Hall.

The event was hosted by Mike Ashton, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. Attendees also heard from Nigel Huddleston MP, Member of the Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport, who spoke about the government’s action plan for tourism and his passion for the sector. Ian Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), gave an informative talk about where tourism sits in public policy and the funding opportunities available.

The Worcestershire winners are as follows:

Best Conference Venue – Sponsored by Universal Display Ltd
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, Worcester

Best Eating Out – Sponsored by Heart of Worcestershire College
The Cotford Hotel, Malvern

Best Festivals & Events (Commercial) – Sponsored by Simpliwifi
Royal Horticulture Society Malvern Spring Festival

Best Festivals & Events (Community) – Sponsored by Worcestershire Arts Partnership
Pershore Plum Festival

Best Food Producer – Sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors
Clive’s Fruit Farm, Upton-Upon-Severn

Best Guest Accommodation – Sponsored by Mercian Events
The Green Farm, Nr Worcester

Best Hotel – Sponsored by Worcestershire Business Central
The Broadway Hotel

Best Self Catering – Sponsored by Modus Creative
Phepson Farm Cottages, Droitwich

Best Touring, Camping and Holiday Park – Sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Canvas and Clover, Worcester

Best Visitor Attraction – Sponsored by Glide Media Distribution
Clive’s Fruit Farm, Upton-Upon-Severn

Michael Horton, Owner of the Broadway Hotel, Winner of the Visit Worcestershire Best Hotel Award, said:
“I’m thrilled for Richard and the entire team at The Broadway Hotel who have worked extremely hard over the last few years to make the hotel what it is today; it is thanks to their commitment and high service standards that The Broadway has achieved this well-deserved recognition”.

Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire and Member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “The tourism industry sustains thousands of jobs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the Awards for Excellence are a great way to recognise the important contribution of so many local travel, leisure and hospitality businesses. The winners today showed the full diversity and world class quality of our local tourism offerings.”

A full list of finalists, including those who achieved Highly Commended and Commended, is available at the Visit Worcestershire website.



Pictured: Worcestershire and Herefordshire’s award-winning tourism businesses.