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


Said Simon Scrutton, managing director of Gourmet Britain, “It continues to offer a unique combination of individually-designed luxurious bedrooms, plus top-class service and good food, plus their range of activities – from golf through archery to a school of falconry – makes Stapleford a unique establishment.”


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 splendid hotel by the late Bob Peyton. Children are especially encouraged, with summer camps plus an enormous list of exciting activities.


Gourmet Britain is fast becoming the leading online foodies resource at gourmetbritain.com, created in 2005 by Simon Scrutton, who previously worked with Egon Ronay. He and his team of gourmets work hard to experience the widest possible range of food places recommended by their readers. Other British winners include:


Best Restaurant: Bistrot Bruno Loubet, The Zetter Hotel, St John's Square, London
Best Gastro Pub: The Sportsman, Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Kalpna, 2-3 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh
Best Ethnic Restaurant: Wings Manchester, Heron House, 1 Lincoln Square,
Best Café / Budget Restaurant: Leon Restaurants, across London
Best B&B or Restaurant with Rooms: Anchor Inn, Lower Froyle, Nr. Alton, Hampshire
Best Artisan Producer: Weald Smokery, Mount Farm, Flimwell, East Sussex
Best Independently-Owned Shop: Unicorn, 89 Albany Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester

Best Mail/Internet Order Supplier: Natoora, Havelock Terrace, London


www.gourmetbritain.com offers an encyclopaedia for all foodies, providing information on the best food shops and restaurants across the country, as well as quality ingredients and where to find them and recipes for all occasions.


Find out more about Stapleford Park at www.staplefordpark.com

Media enquiries:

Stapleford Park – Rebecca Collin at Stapleford Park, 01572 787016 or rcollin@stapleford.co.uk


Gourmet Britain – Paula Seager at Natural PR, 01273 857242 or paula@naturalpr.biz



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