THREE hospitality venues in the region have been named among the country’s best in the prestigious AA B&B Awards.

The awards recognise the best B&Bs and inns in the UK and top titles have been won by venues in North Yorkshire and County Durham.

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The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield won Inn of the Year, The Hare at Scawton near Thirsk won the best Restaurant with Rooms award and The Timble Inn in Timble near Harrogate was named the AA Friendliest B&B of the Year.

The awards are now in their 25th year and Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, said it was particularly important to celebrate the high achievers in the industry after such a tough time due to the Covid pandemic.

He said: “After a challenging year for the hospitality industry, we are thrilled to celebrate the winners of the 2021 B&B Awards.

“For a quarter of a century these awards have championed the exceptional standards of hospitality and accommodation offered by the UK’s B&Bs, and this year’s winners continue to demonstrate the incredible hard work and dedication these establishments put into providing outstanding guest stays.”

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The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield

The ten-room Grade II-Listed Impeccable Pig was described by the AA inspectors as having ‘wonderfully elegant bedrooms’ and general manager Pierre Bertolotti said: “It is brilliant to be recognised by such a respected awards body and to be named the best in the country is simply fantastic.

“The past year has been incredibly difficult for the entire hospitality industry, so this award is a testament to the hard work and determination of our whole team and suppliers.”

A spokesperson from The Hare at Scawton said their award was ‘an amazing achievement’, adding: “We’re all very proud to have received this award.”

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The Hare at Scawton

Staff at The Timble Inn, a Grade II listed 18th-century coaching inn with foundations dating back to the 1200s, were also thrilled to win the title of the UK’s friendliest B&B.

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AA inspectors described the inn as ‘a hidden gem’ and owner Mike Stainsby, said: “Thank you to the AA for this award – it’s a great honour for us. I’d like to thank Andrew, our GM, and his team for all the hard work and dedication they have shown to achieve this award, particularly since we’ve reopened after the second lockdown.”

The winners of the Guest Accommodation of the Year were: England: Bulleigh Barton Manor in Newton Abbot, Devon; Scotland: Ivybank Lodge in Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross; Wales: Firgrove Country House B&B in Ruthin, Denbighshire.


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