Golden prize for county at awards night

GOLDEN INN: James Beresford Chief Exec of VisitEngland, Hywel 'H' Griffiths (Head Chef), Liam Anderson of the Freemasons and Denis WormwellChief Exec of Shearings Group
GOLDEN INN: James Beresford Chief Exec of VisitEngland, Hywel 'H' Griffiths (Head Chef), Liam Anderson of the Freemasons and Denis WormwellChief Exec of Shearings Group
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Lancashire is officially a top class place.

The county scooped gold, silver and bronze, as well as a clutch of highly commended accolades in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2015.

We’re absolutely over the moon to have won this award. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a really unforgettable experience when they come to visit us, which starts the minute they drive into the village.

Steven Smith

Six separate businesses, from a pub to beach huts, were rewarded after reaching the finals of the national competition.

Each of the finalists was a winner of the Lancashire Tourism Awards, which were held at Blackpool Tower Ballroom last November 2014.

These awards celebrate the very best of Lancashire’s visitor economy businesses and most of the winners then had the chance to go forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence.

The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, won gold in the tourism pub of the year category.

Steven Smith, chef proprietor, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have won this award. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a really unforgettable experience when they come to visit us, which starts the minute they drive into the village.

“To win Gold against such strong competition is a real honour and we’re delighted to put both Wiswell and The Freemasons on the map.”

Chief executive of Marketing Lancashire Ruth Connor said: “We’re incredibly proud of all our national finalists. They shone at our Lancashire Tourism Awards and have now helped demonstrate that Lancashire has the very best food and drink, attractions and events, matched with a welcome that’s hard to beat.”

The Sandcastle Waterpark at Blackpool took two awards, silver and bronze; St Annes Beach Huts were Highly Commended in the Tourism Experience category, The Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland was Highly Commended in the Taste of England section and Vintage by the Sea - The Midland Morecambe - Highly Commended Tourism Event.