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Published on December 6, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour

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All the best from the region

The North East Tourism Awards celebrate some of the region’s most progressive companies – and a clutch of beery businesses took home gold in the most recent competition.

Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland, was named Hotel of the Year at the event at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle. Also among the prizewinners from the initiative that rewards the very best tourism businesses in the region are Block & Bottle, Gateshead – the organic butchers and bottle shop (and a bit more) which won gold in the Taste of England category – while Tourism Pub of the Year is The Apple Inn, Lucker, Northumberland.

Sustainable hotel, restaurant and observatory Battlesteads was also shortlisted in the Best Small Attraction and Dog Friendly Business categories and will now go on to represent the North East at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2018 – as will Block & Bottle and The Apple Inn.

Katie Meyrick-Scott, general manager of Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant, said: “We are thrilled to be named Hotel of the Year, in a category where we were up against three other really fantastic businesses – the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Hotel du Vin in Newcastle and Seaham Hall in County Durham. Battlesteads is a proud champion of the tourism industry in the North East, and we are looking forward to representing the region next year.”

Block & Bottle was founded earlier this year in the railway arches at the south end of the High Level Bridge by Steven Warren and Katie Cullen and this latest success followed a recent Innovation of the Year award at the Butchers Shop awards. “We still can’t quite believe it,” said Steven. “We’re thrilled and so excited.”

The Apple Inn is a dog-friendly gastropub near Belford which has two guest rooms, and contemporary bar and dining areas with menus that would not look out of place in the city.

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance. The winner of each category is automatically entered into the annual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which will take place in April 2018.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NGI, said: “Huge congratulations to all of our winners. It’s been another brilliant year and we received a high standard of entrants across all categories.

“The tourism sector in the North East continues to thrive, from our buzzing city centres to our beautiful coastline and varied countryside. Next year promises to be another exciting one for the region as we welcome the Great Exhibition of the North which will have a major impact on our visitor and wider economy.”  Full results at www.newcastlegateshead.com/tourism-awards


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