Battlesteads Pub, Hotel and Restaurant in Wark, near Hexham, is enjoying a well-deserved run of success having just added another award to the trophy cabinet.
At the North East England Tourism Award 2010, held at Ramside Hall in Durham, Battlesteads picked up the Gold award for Sustainable Tourism.
The NE Tourism Awards, organised by Regional Development Agency One North East, celebrate individuals, businesses and attractions which contribute to the region’s thriving tourism industry. Geoff Hodgson, Chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board, who presented the winners with their awards, said: “The last 12 months have been a challenging time for everyone. However, the region’s tourism industry has continued to grow and is now worth almost £4bn to the North East’s economy.
“All the finalists this year demonstrate the fantastic quality and diversity we have in the region and are a great example of excellence. We wish them all well for the national awards next year and hope that their success inspires others to strive for the best.”
Battlesteads is leading the field in sustainable tourism with all heating and hot water supplied by a carbon-neutral biomass boiler, and all fruit and veg for the kitchen grown on site in a two acre garden and two polytunnels. Owners Richard and Dee Slade are extremely proud of their achievements and have become unofficial green advisors to the hospitality industry.
The award judges commented that such a continued commitment to sustainable business practice is amazing for a property the size of Battlesteads and that the hotel is an excellent ambassador for the region. They went on to say that the green credentials are matched by an equally high quality guest experience and Richard and Dee were praised for the progress made against the judges’ recommendations from last year.
As Gold winners, Richard and Dee will now go on to represent the region at the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence which will be held on Friday 15th April 2011 at The Great Hall at Birmingham University.
Our photo shows: Battlesteads owners Richard (left) and Dee Slade with Geoff Hodgson, Chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board.
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Full List of Gold Award Winners
Access for All Tourism:
Saltholme, The Wildlife and Discovery Park, Tees Valley
Bed and Breakfast of the Year:
St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, Northumberland
Best Tourism Experience of the Year:
Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester Durham
Business Tourism Award:
Rockliffe Hall, Tees Valley
Caravan/Holiday Park of the Year:
Ord House Country Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland
Large Hotel of the Year:
Hilton Newcastle, Gateshead
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Outstanding Customer Service Award:
Lucy McEnaney, Event Durham, Durham University
Self Catering/Service Apartment of the Year:
Moo House and The Cow Shed, Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
Small Hotel of the Year:
Langley Castle, Langley, near Hexham, Northumberland
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year:
Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Durham
Sustainable Tourism of the Year:
The Battlesteads, Wark, Northumberland
Taste of North East England Award:
Colman’s of South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Tourism Event of the Year:
Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall
Tourist Information Centre of the Year:
Durham City Tourist Information Centre