Shortlist drawn up for tourism and culture awards


THE shortlist for Coventry and Warwickshire’s best pubs, restaurants, venues and attractions has been drawn up, which includes Stratford Artshouse, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s New Place, and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards are being held at Coombe Abbey, on Thursday 21st September.

The black tie event will be hosted by Touch FM’s Ollie Gallant and Si Alexander, and 14 awards will be handed out in a range of categories, as well as there being a few surprises on the night.

The event is being organised by Touch FM and Rugby FM and is being supported by Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, Shakespeare’s England and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

Jo Billings, Regional Events Director of Quidem Media, the company behind Touch FM and Rugby FM, said: “The strength of nominations this year has surpassed anything we have seen previously.

“More than 120 businesses put themselves forward for an award so it really is a major achievement to have been shortlisted in any of the categories.

“What we love about the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards is the fact that it attracts some of the biggest names in our region to apply alongside smaller, independent operators – it’s a true celebration of the wonderful cross section of businesses we have in this sector.”

The shortlist in full:

Business Tourism Award

Conference Coventry and Warwickshire

Shakespeare’s England

Warwick Conferences


Small Hotel / B&B / Inn / Accommodation


Hilltop Hideaways Ltd

Twelthnight Guesthouse

One Abbey lane

Best Hotel

Chesford Grange Hotel

Coombe Abbey Hotel

The Episode Hotel

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

Village Hotel Club, Coventry

Best Pub

The Boat Inn

The Folly Inn

The Hatton Arms

Twisted Barrel

Best Restaurant

The Fourteas

Manor Farm Shop & Farmhouse Kitchen

Oscars French Bistro

Turmeric Gold

Best Venue Live Music / Arts / Theatre

The Ricoh Arena

Stratford Artshouse

The Tin

Theatre Absolute

Warwick Arts Centre

The Culture Award

Coventry Priory Visitors Centre

Heritage & Culture Warwickshire


Warwick Arts centre

Cultural Education

ASH Stage Productions

Highly Sprung


Warwick Arts Centre

Artisan Award

Caking & Baking


Twisted Barrel Ale

Wilde Nuts Ltd

History & Heritage Award

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare’s New Place

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

World Rugby Hall of Fame

Kids & Families Award

The MAD Museum

Mr Karting

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Customer Care / Team Award

Aubrey Allen

Bubble Boba

The Hatton Arms

Mr Karting


Visitor Attraction

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park

FarGo Village

The MAD Museum

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

Tourism Event

OVO Energy Women’s Cycle Tour (Warwickshire County Council & University of Warwick in partnership)

Coventry Transport Museum

Godiva Festival

Leamington Art in the Park Festival