Stapleford named best Gourmet Britain hotel

Stapleford Park, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire has been declared best hotel in the nationwide Gourmet Britain 2011 awards.

Said Simon Scrutton, managing director of Gourmet Britain: “Stapleford continues to offer a unique combination of individually-designed luxurious bedrooms, plus top-class service and good food.

“The hotel’s range of activities – from golf through archery to a school of falconry – makes Stapleford a unique establishment.”

The grounds in winter

Set in 500 acres of parkland laid out by Capability Brown, Stapleford Park was built by the Sherard family in the 17th century and was turned into a hotel by the late Bob Peyton. Children are especially encouraged, with summer camps plus an enormous list of exciting activities.

Dining at Stapleford

Gourmet Britain is one of the leading online resources for foodies.

Created in 2005 by Simon Scrutton, who previously worked with Egon Ronay, it features a large range of foodie places recommended by readers.

A starter from the Casual Dining menu

Stapleford Park


Other 2011 Gourmet Britain winners include:

Best Restaurant: Bistrot Bruno Loubet, London

Best Gastro Pub: The Sportsman, Whitstable

Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Kalpna, Edinburgh

Best Ethnic Restaurant: Wings, Manchester

Best Café / Budget Restaurant: Leon Restaurants, across London

Best B&B or Restaurant with Rooms: Anchor Inn, Lower Froyle, Hampshire

Best Artisan Producer: Weald Smokery, East Sussex

Best Independently-Owned Shop: Unicorn, Manchester

Best Mail/Internet Order Supplier: Natoora, London



The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.