The prestigious awards, now in their 28th year, celebrate those businesses and individuals who continuously raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. The 25 award winners, from Afternoon Tea of the Year to Sustainable Tourism Award, Tourism Pub of the Year to Business Tourism Award, span the length and breadth of the country from Yorkshire to Devon, Warwickshire to Northumberland.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Sue Perkins, took place at the Hilton Waldorf in London and welcomed 67 finalists selected from almost 600 applications, the highest number ever received.
Speaking on the award our Chef Patron, Paul Askew said:
“I think this is massive for the city putting Liverpool firmly on the map as a top destination, not just for its heritage, its music, sport, its waterfront but also now its food culture.”
“Every leading city in the world has a strong culinary and night time offer and it’s been my desire and determination for the last twenty years to show that Liverpool is world class in every way. This award is great for the Art School Restaurant and it’s great for the team here but I really believe it’s a great achievement for the city.”
Visit England Chief, Sally Balcombe, said:
“This year’s awards were fiercely contested and we had some terrific applications, showcasing not only the excellence on offer within English tourism but also the outstanding innovation and the sheer diversity of experiences throughout the country.”
In our feedback the secret diner noted: “Excellent standards of hospitality were noted from all staff encountered throughout the evening. Staff were genuinely warm and friendly”
“Satisfaction check made during each course. On departure, our coats were warmed in front of the fire and on leaving the building a member of staff held an umbrella over us whilst we walked across the pavement and entered the taxi.”
“A stunning performance by the young highly trained staff.”
“Despite the complexity of the dishes, the food was hot when it reached the customer, not always seen in restaurants at this level.”
The tourism economy is worth £106 billion annually to England.