Falmouth Oyster Festival and Pandora Inn take gold at South West Tourism Awards

Falmouth Oyster Festival and the Pandora Inn at Restronguet are among the gold award winners in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards announced last night.

It is the latest gong for the Pandora Inn, which only reopened last March following a year’s closure due to fire damage.

The pub, managed by Catherine and Lester Croft, took the title in the new category of “tourism pub”.

Falmouth Oyster Festival took gold in the “tourism event of the year” category.

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth won silver in the “large visitor attraction of the year” class, while Fal River Visitor Information Centre took bronze for “tourism information service of the year”.

Elsewhere in the county, Trethem Mill Touring Park on St Just in Roseland took gold in the “holiday park and village of the year category” and also the overall “winner of winners title.”

Gwel an Mor near Redruth took bronze in the same holiday park category, while its hospitality team won gold in the “outstanding customer service” award.

Atlantic House B&B at The Lizard won joint bronze in the “bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation of the year” category Geevor Tin Mine at Pendeen near Penzance was highly commended in the “small visitor attraction of the year” award and Boscrowan Farm at Heamoor near Penzance won bronze in “self catering establishment of the year.”

The awards ceremony took place at the Eden Project, hosted by BBC radio journalist Daphne Skinnard.

The winners were selected from more than 300 entries, finding the best of tourism across the South West – from as far west as the Isles of Scilly, as far east as Wiltshire and as far north as the Cotswolds.

Up to four winners from each category in this year’s awards will now go on to represent the region at the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence later in May.

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