With a little trepidation we put on our Black Tie and set off in the rain to Bovington and The Tank Museum. We arrived and sat down in their main hall for dinner surrounded by some pretty impressive tanks, during the meal there were tanks thundering past just outside and all this combined to create a great atmosphere.
The meal proceeded and it got closer to Coffee and the announcement of the winners. The first category, that we were a finalist was the hotel category and we were delighted to have won Silver. Our next category was The Eating Out category and there was strong competition here, so when it was announced that we had won GOLD we could not believe it untill we held the beautifull glass trophy. It was quite honestly one of the proudest moments of my life.
With all the excitment over we now relaxed listening to the last few categories being announced, it came to the last category, Dorset Tourism's Winner of Winners and as the winner was being described it dawned on me that it was us. I can not begin to express my feelings, it was amasing and it all felt like a dream.
As a consequence we are through as a finalist to South West Tourism's Excellence Awards in The Taste category and are putting an entry into the national competition.
None of these awards would have come without all our amazing colleugues at the Hotel and their hard work and dedication to detail.