Finalists for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards

Nigel Way

Published by: Nigel Way

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The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster has been selected as one of the Finalists in the Tourism Pub of the Year category of this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards – the region’s premier tourism awards event. The hotel, recently scooped two Gold awards for Best Tourism Pub and Best Small Hotel at the regional finals last month where they were described by the judges as a ‘Pandora’s box of hospitality’. The hotel is based in the heart of Dunster, the Exmoor village famed for its castle and more than 200 listed buildings, and will now compete with finalists from Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

Robin Barker, Director of Services 4 Tourism said, “To have made it amongst the finalists is a huge achievement, especially in England’s top tourism region”.

This year the south west regional panels considered a record of 645 entries, in a multi stage process of written applications, digital and social media and then mystery shops, undertaken by more than 40 judges who made 416 visits to entrants to check out the quality of their offering. Their reports were then considered by the independent South West awards panel and The Luttrell Arms Hotel was selected to go forward to the South West Excellence Final on 1st February at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.

In addition, the awards panel have selected the hotel to represent the south west region in the Tourism Pub of the Year in the national Visit England awards. Nigel Way, MBE, owner of The Luttrell Arms Hotel, said, “To be chosen for both the south west and national finals is a great honour and we will be thrilled to carry the flag for our village of Dunster and for Exmoor and Somerset”.

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