South Staffordshire’s tourism and hospitality sector shone brightly last night, with three of the district’s businesses taking home a total of six accolades from a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony.
The 2023 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards saw businesses from the district come away with two gold awards, one silver, two bronze – and a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire.
Weston Park was the district’s big winner of the night, coming away with a total of three accolades.
The landmark’s Holiday Cottages were named Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year, while its Granary restaurant won silver in the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year category.
Weston Park chief executive, Colin Sweeney, was also presented with a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire, in recognition of his work to position the estate as a premier destination.
Play@ Lower Drayton Farm, near Penkridge, meanwhile, was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.
The Moat House at Acton Trussell came away with two bronze awards in the categories of Business Events Venue of the Year and Large Hotel of the Year.
Those who won gold awards – the winners in their respective categories - will now progress to represent Staffordshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, to be held in June 2023.
The event saw more than 280 guests gather at the Doubletree by Hilton Stoke-on-Trent for the glittering black-tie event, hosted by BBC Midlands Today’s Rebecca Wood.