Excellence in Luxury Service Awards – Best Locally Sourced Food

Best Locally Sourced Food

Winner: The Merry Harriers

merry harriers

What the owners say:

In the picturesque village of Hambledon in the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, The Merry Harriers dates back to the 16th century. Our traditional style welcoming village inn is steeped in history with the landlord’s names dating back to the early 1700s written on the pub walls. Full of character and life, the children and dog friendly inn offers highly rated food, award-winning local ales and wines, a lovely garden and an element of the unexpected with its llama treks. The Merry Harriers is a unique getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, and also a wonderful stopover for those with a more active lifestyle whom use the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as their playground for walks, hikes, bike rides, and runs. We pride ourselves on our local approach, with food sourced from within a 15-mile radius of the pub, and local luxury items for the bathrooms, bedrooms, and restaurant areas. Our bar also stocks award winning local beers, ciders, wines, and soft drinks, plus the Bar Manager creates exciting and innovative cocktails seasonally to make the best of the local produce and forage available in this area of the country, as well as taking inspiration from the unusual addition of twelve friendly llamas in the fields behind the inn. Our inn also now features, new for 2019, 5 super luxury “glamping experience” Shepherd’s Huts, as well as 10 newly renovated rooms within the inn itself and out the back in the Garden chalet building, from a converted barn, overlooking the llama field. These Shepherd’s Huts are a real touch of decadence, sporting large en suite bathroom with drench shower, underfloor heating, king size bed, a complimentary bottle of wine, nibbles, and a Nespresso coffee machine.

What the judges say:

• Shepherd huts are a real WOW! Fantastic 🙂
• All food is sourced within a 15-mile radius. It is the ideal winner for this category.

 

Highly commended: The Allanton Inn

alanton inn

 

What the owners say:

A seven-bedroom country inn in the rural Scottish Borders, open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner all year round. “We provide unparalleled hospitality and service in the Scottish Borders. A traditional dining pub, relaxed, friendly and professionally run, the inn welcomes locals, trade and corporate bookings, families, tourists and weekenders alike. We are a family run business passionate about our history and place in the community, particularly our connections in the farming community. The inn hosts events throughout the year including Burns Supper and a Hogmanay Party and Fireworks Display. In 2010 with our young family, my husband and I moved out of Edinburgh and bought the Allanton Inn, a seven-bedroom country inn in the rural Scottish Borders. We provide unparalleled hospitality and service in the Scottish Borders. A traditional dining pub, relaxed, friendly and professionally run, the inn welcomes locals, trade & corporate bookings, families, tourists and weekenders alike. We are a family run business passionate about our history and place in the community, particularly our connections in the farming community. Our attention to detail and friendly, personal service set us apart from our competitors in the area and our high level of returning guests and online reviews affirm this. Often, returning guests comment we are their ‘home away from home’.

What the judges say:

• Great ethos around supporting local business, especially the farming community. Well done on all your hard work!
• Spotlessly clean, fantastic food and a superb choice of fine wine.

Congratulations to our winners and the runners up as well as to all our judges. Look in the next edition of Luxury Bed & Breakfast magazine as well as our website www.lbbmag.co.uk for details of the second edition of our Excellence in Luxury Service Awards!