Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Award 2020 finalists
Sponsored by Marsdens Devon Cottages, the Business Action ‘Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Award’ recognises businesses who attract visitors to North Devon, offer the warmest welcome and provide experiences to last a lifetime.
The finalists in the Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Award 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order.
Watch out for the announcements of all category winners.
Exmoor Zoo is a collection of rare and endangered species from around the world. It specialises in small and often little-known animals and it has a collection of 11 species of cat.
Exmoor Zoo works closely with other zoos, nationally, in Europe and worldwide to help save the endangered animals of the world while maintaining a diverse collection. The present owners took over from the previous Exmoor Bird Gardens and have increased visitors from 10,000 to 50,000. A full-time crew of 26 staff operate the zoo with seasonal help during the main season. It is a family business, with three generations helping, and two grandchildren in the next generation waiting in the wings.
• Visit exmoorzoo.co.uk
Manleigh Park is a small holiday park made up of 24 mixed letting units. It has a mix of chalets, log cabins and caravans, as well as a bungalow for guests who have mobility issues. The park is also dog friendly.
The current owners purchased Manleigh Park in 2017 and employ two permanent members of staff, two seasonal wardens and a number of local contractors.
On average, the park hosts approximately 3,000 guests per year.
• Visit manleighparkdevon.co.uk
The Earlsdale is a modern bed and breakfast in Ilfracombe with seven en-suite bedrooms, along with an honesty bar and large breakfast room.
The present owners took over the property in early 2019 and run the business themselves. They updated and modernised the property and business before opening in April 2019. In 2019 the Earlsdale welcomed more than 1,600 guests.
• Visit theearlsdale.co.uk
The Royal George
Dating back to the late 1700s, the Royal George is a Grade 2 listed pub, located on the seawall with stunning views over the Taw and Torridge Estuary.
The building was completely rebuilt and refurbished in 2017 into a contemporary pub / restaurant over two floors, with four en-suite letting rooms, including two family rooms and two double rooms. Two rooms are dog friendly.
The restaurant can serve more than 80 people at one sitting and there is a first-floor terrace overlooking the estuary for al fresco dining in good weather.
The business employs 25+ people and is constantly growing by expanding into new markets including mobile catering, events and private dining.
• Visit trgpub.co.uk