The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester has been crowned Hotel of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The hotel, which is independently owned, is part of the Bespoke Hotels group which hosted the awards. Bespoke Hotels represents more than 100 properties and says it is now the UK’s Largest Independent Hotel Group.
Other hotels across the region which it represents includes Dumbleton Hall, Evesham, Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant in Corsham, the newly opened Telegraph Hotel,Coventry, and the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden, among many others.
Hotel of the Year was awarded to the Kings Head for continuing to thrive and expand despite unprecedented challenges facing the hospitality industry over the past year.
General Manager Michael Obray said the award is testament to a phenomenal team effort over the past 12 months.
“In this time the whole team, without exception, not only overcame the challenges presented by Covid-19 and Brexit but forged ahead together to grow the business by building and opening 14 new bedrooms, adding a new restaurant, redeveloping the Corn Hall Deli and opening a new wine shop.
“On top of this, the subterranean spa is in the process of refurbishment and a new cocktail bar is due to be opened shortly.”
Michael added none of it could have been achieved without the vision of the owner Mark Booth coupled with the determination of the dedicated staff in the hotel, MBB Brasserie and Corn Hall Deli and Cellars.
“Our goal as a tight-knit team is to continue to create and build a destination where our guests can enjoy consistent quality and truly enjoyable experiences, be it a relaxing stay, tempting dining, a spa pamper or unique shopping.
“This award is dedicated to our staff and our guests, a huge thank you for all the support!”
The Kings Head Hotel in Market Place, which dates to the 14th century, has 52 individually styled bedrooms and nine one-bedroom apartments as well as characterful private dining rooms, a courtyard and roof terrace. It is a popular wedding venue and also hosts regular jazz and wine-tasting events.
Graham Marskell, Chief Operating Officer at Bespoke Hotels, said: “The team have responded fantastically well to all the change they’ve had to handle during a global pandemic.
“With a stunning financial performance and recruitment of significant new team members we believe this hotel is surely deserving of Hotel of the Year.”
In addition to winning the Hotel of the Year accolade from Bespoke Hotels’ portfolio of 87 properties across the country, the hotel’s Head Housekeeper, Fay Butler, also won Housekeeping Employee of the Year.
Fay, who has worked at the Kings Head for seven years, said: “I was very honoured to have been nominated for Employee of the Year and was so delighted for both myself and my team to win the award.”