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South Cumbria family firm in the running for top awards

Published on: Wednesday 15th April 2015
Categorised under: Live , Awards, Food and Drink, Tourism

TWO properties owned and run by South Cumbrian family firm English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues have been named as finalists in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

The Wild Boar, near Windermere, has been shortlisted for Tourism Pub of the Year and the iconic, art deco Midland Hotel, in Morecambe, is in the running for the Tourism Event of the Year, for the Vintage by the Sea Festival.

The Wild Boar, which has its own smokehouse and microbrewery, is a popular foodie destination, with its food and accommodation given rave reviews by Jamie Oliver's website. It also offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to smoke food, try out clay pigeon shooting and archery, or take part in whisky tasting evenings.

Overlooking Morecambe Bay, The Midland is the venue for Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s hugely popular annual Vintage by the Sea Festival, a celebration of British music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from the last 80 years.

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence attracted 345 applications. The awards recognise businesses that incorporate best practice and demonstrate excellent customer service throughout their operations, and also celebrate the best in quality and innovation.

Simon Berry, the managing director of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, said: “The team at English Lakes works really hard to provide a fantastic visitor experience across five very different venues. Our nominations for these awards show that our delivery of quality and excellent customer service is recognised by the tourism industry nationally.”

The results will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, which will be held on May 11 at the Sage in Gateshead.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues also own and run the Low Wood Bay Resort & Marina and The Waterhead, both on the shore of Windermere, and Lancaster House Hotel, in Lancaster.

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