Caption: Cumbria Tourism Large Hotel of the Year
Last night we were host to the prestigious Cumbria Tourism Awards, an annual event which recognises the fantastic hotels, attractions and events in the county.
We were treated to an arrival drink of local whisky 'The One' which was served on the Kendal Suite terrace overlooking the town before moving down to the Function House which was decorated with black tablecloths and chair covers, exquisite candleabras and twinkly backdrop behind the stage - very Oscars!
There were 14 awards in total and we were second to last so it was a tense evening, but finally our category was announced by Richard Andrew from local accountants, Armstrong Watson and we won! So myself, Finance Director Julie Chapman & MD Tim Rumney set off for the stage only to find Executive Head Chef Justin, Banqueting Manager Christine, Bar Supervisor Adam and GM Ben Mayou already there!
We then sat down to dinner, where Justin had created a fabulous meal of asparagus and Cumbrian crab, Slow cooked blade of beef and Elderflower sponge with raspberry sorbet complete with Elderflowers from the Castle Green garden!
All in all it was an excellent evening - fantastic to pick up this coveted award again ( we last won in 2009) made even better by the fact that we won it 'on our own turf'!