After a nail biting wait we went to The Dorset Tourism Awards dinner at The Tank Museum in Bovington to find out what we had won in The Restaurant and Small Hotel categories. After a great meal we awaited the anouncements of the winners, first up was The Small Hotel category where we won silver, we then had to wait for the next to last category to be awarded silver in The Restaurant category as well.
Nicky and I were delighted that amongst such stiff competition we achieved such high recognition.
Matt and Tara collecting our silver award in The Restaurant category
We have just found out that we are a double finalist in this year's Dorset Tourism awards. We are a finalist in the small hotel and the restaurant category. We will find out on 15th October at The Tank Museum whether we have won Bronze, Silver or Gold in each category. Last year we won two silvers and in 2013 we won Gold for the Restaurant and Silver in the Small Hotel category, however that was not all, as we were awarded the Winner of Winners trophy as well.
Congratulations to all the team, we now have the wait untill the 15th to find out what we have won.
A new resident has checked in, but he is not staying in a room like everyone else, he has taken up residence in our garden. We have spotted him a few times over the last few days and on one occasion he was heading directly for the bar.
GOLD at The Eastbury for a 5th year
Congratulations to all the team for achieving Gold in the prestigious Taste of The West awards 2015.
The Judges made comments as follows:
Regarding commitment, perception & communication of local sourcing "This establishment had all the bases covered. The staff were very knowledgeable about sourcing and carefully explained in detail where every ingredient was from. Quite simply. the service was exemplary."
Regarding quality of the meal "The standard of the food was superb, all beautifully presented and expertly cooked to perfection. There was not a single fault; simply outstanding."
Regarding atmosphere, ambience and value for money "The hotel is an elegant townhouse and has a very pleasant atmosphere with beautifully maintained gardens. All the tables overlooked the beautiful gardens which all added to the ambiance. We felt the menu was excellent value for money especially for the quality of the produce received."
The Eastbury Hotel on 'Love your Garden'
On Tuesday 11th August The Eastbury Hotel's garden was used for an interview with Rachel who was the recipient of a new garden from Alan Titchmarsh and his gang on the TV program 'Love your Garden'.
Rachel used to work at The Hotel and Last Year got married here to the love her life, Andrew. It was a wonderful day full of happiness and a real celebration.
We wish Andrew and Rachel joy and happiness in their new garden, it looked amazing.
(Spot Malcolm our gardener attempting to get himself in shot).
Superfast Wifi arrives at The Eastbury
After much planning and wifi surveys, we now have a brand new Wifi system at The Eastbury.
Installed by Micron comminications from Sherborne, specialist in Hotel communications across the country, we now have 16 access points around the hotel to ensure that everywhere is covered. We also have two fibre connections, from different providers, to ensure that even if one provider goes down it should not affect our guests experience.
Best news of all is that it is completely free.
Our new website has gone live
Thanks to the clever people at Intergage in Poole our new website is live.
After the design and planning of the site it has finally gone live, we are still loading content and getting great images taken to make it as informative as we can.
The main feature is that it is now mobile and tablet friendly so the site can be viewed more easily from wherever you may be.