Knutsford hotels go head-to-head in Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2018 | Knutsford Times

Knutsford hotels go head-to-head in Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2018

By on August 22, 2018

Cheshire businesses will soon be competing for top honours at the 14th Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards.

The shortlist has been announced, following more than 80 nominations from individuals, initiatives and businesses.

Amongst those shortlisted are Knutsford’s Cottons Hotel & Spa and Mere Golf Resort & Spa – both are nominated for Hotel of the Year and Restaurant of the Year with the Mere Golf Resort also being placed on the shortlist for Wedding Venue of the Year.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Cheshire’s Carden Park Hotel on Thursday 13 September.

The awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals with the winners of some categories going on to represent Cheshire at other national awards.

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive, Marketing Cheshire, said: “Cheshire is home to globally recognised tourist brands and tourism professionals who are world class. This year’s talented nominations continue to display the passion, commitment and inspiration that is the driving force behind Cheshire’s rising economy and visitor numbers. This is a tremendous achievement as tourism in Cheshire is worth £2.94 billion and employs over 36,431 people*. Marketing Cheshire’s Annual Award Ceremony is a great way to recognise and celebrate these achievements.”

This year the event’s sponsors include headline sponsors, Quality in Tourism as well as individual Award sponsors – PEAR Communication, University of Chester, Prestige, Crofton Print, Hipswing, Zest for Life and Bolesworth Estate.

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are now on sale. The sparkling evening, which provides fantastic networking opportunities in a stylish and informal setting, includes a drinks reception, delicious three-course meal and the prestigious awards ceremony. To sponsor the awards or for information on the tickets call Leonie Hallam on 01244 405606 or visit

John Murphy, Rookery Hall’s General Manager, said: “Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa was delighted to win Marketing Cheshire’s 2017 Business Tourism Award. It was great for morale to achieve this recognition and it was an excellent springboard from which to enter other awards. Winning awards of this sort is a great endorsement for us as a hotel and has definitely brought in business”

Matthew Naylor, Sales & Marketing Director of Peckforton Castle, said “I can speak to clients about the great qualities of Peckforton Castle and its fantastic customer service but awards like ’Hotel of the Year’ from Marketing Cheshire and VisitEngland, simply speak for themselves. There is nothing better than external endorsement from prestigious and well-recognised organisations of this sort. Entering and winning awards does require effort but it also forces focus. In turn this becomes a virtuous circle leading to excellence.”

The full shortlist for the Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards is as follows:

Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year

Chester Mystery Plays 2018

MacArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks, Chinese New Year

Storyhouse Royal Visit

Boutique Accommodation and Small Hotel

Oddfellows Chester

The Townhouse Chester

Business Tourism Award

Carden Park

Crewe Hall

Park Royal

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Combermere Abbey

Crewe Hall

National Waterways Museum

Family Friendly Tourism Business of the Year

Blakemere Village

MacArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks

Park Royal

Russian Style Crepes

The White Horse, Chester Racecourse

Hotel of the Year

Carden Park

Cottons Hotel & Spa

Crewe Hall

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester

Mottram Hall

Park Royal

Peckforton Castle

Rookery Hall

The Abode

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Anderton Boat Lift


Restaurant of the Year

Chefs Table

Cottons Hotel & Spa

Grosvenor Chester Hotel

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

The Yard

Upstairs At The Grill

Self Catering Provider / Property of the Year

The Hollies Forest Lodges

Otters Retreat

The Chapel Chester

Yew Tree Farm Holidays

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Cheshire Falconry

Chester Running Tours

Escapism Chester

Reclaimed World

The Danny

Sustainable Tourism Award

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Just So Festival

Team of the Year

Chester Boat Crew

Operations and Maintenance Team, Chester Race Company

Kitchen Team, Crewe Hall

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Breakfast Team, Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port

The Hollies Farm Shop

Champagne Bar Team, Mottram Hall

Reclaimed World

Reception Team, The Abode

Tourism Experience or Event of the Year

Blakemere Village Christmas Woodland

Davenport Tea Rooms Victorian Christmas

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Just So Festival

Boats of Every Description, National Waterways Museum

Tatton Park Farm ‘Field to Fork’ Story

The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show

Wedding Venue of the Year

Carden Park

Cheshire Woodland Weddings

Chester Race Course

Chester Town Hall

Crewe Hall

Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

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