Provenance Inns and Hotels group has notched up another prestigious national award – winning the hotly contested Best Accommodation Operator of the Year at the national Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards held in London.
The awards, which showcase companies delivering excellence in the hospitality sector, commended the group as a forward-thinking company with outstanding financial results, thoughtful improvements to its sites and an excellent food offer.
Judges were especially impressed by the standard of Provenance Inns’ rooms – praising the high-quality luxurious accommodation which sets the bar for the rest of the industry.
Provenance Inns and Hotels offers 5-star rated bedrooms at five of its eight Yorkshire locations: The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk near Thirsk, The Durham Ox in Crayke, The Oak Tree Inn in Helperby near Boroughbridge, the West Park Hotel in Harrogate and West Acre Lodge in Boltby. The group enjoys healthy average occupancy rates of 80 per cent across the 58 stylish bedrooms at its countryside inns, boutique townhouse hotel and luxury private lodge.
Ed Bedlington, head judge and editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser which organises the awards said: “This is an industry that is tough and challenging but we have operators who are rising to that challenge and are an example both to the hospitality sector and the wider business community.
“Provenance Inns and Hotels is setting standards when it comes to accommodation and impressed judges across the board.
“It’s emphasis on adding glamour while retaining heritage and history is a nice touch, this is definitely a business to watch for the future.”
Michael Ibbotson, managing director of Provenance Inns, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have received independent national recognition for our five star bedroom facilities, it’s hugely exciting and rewarding to win, especially on a national stage. These awards truly are a chance for us to shout about the great work being done every day by our staff.”
In 2015 Provenance Inns and Hotels was awarded national Pub Group of the Year by the Good Pub Guide and its flagship site The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk was recently voted Editor’s Choice 1 of 10 Best New Discoveries 2016 in the latest edition of the Good Hotel Guide.
Previous awards have included both national – Best Freehouse at the 2008 Publican Awards for the Durham Ox, Best Freehouse at the 2011 Great British Pub Awards for The Carpenters Arms, Michael Ibbotson himself won Publican of the Year at the 2011 Publican Awards and most recently the group was a finalist for Best Managed Pub Company at the 2014 Publican Awards, plus regional accolades to include Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub by Welcome to Yorkshire, Restaurant of the Year and Dining Pub of the Year at the Flavours of Herriot Country Awards, as well as Best Newcomer for the West Park Hotel at the 2015 Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards.