Awards acknowledge the best of the Isle of Wight

By Matthew Mckew

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Awards acknowledge the best of the Isle of Wight

The winners in the Red Funnel awards at Quay Arts. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

ISLAND visitors voted for their favourite businesses and attractions in the second annual Red Funnel Awards.

Tens of thousands of votes were cast across 24 categories, ranging from best fish and chips to best place to get crafty, with the winners revealed at Quay Arts, Newport, last Thursday.

Chessell Pottery in Shalcombe proved a firm favourite, scooping two awards.

Red Funnel chief executive Kevin George said: "We are delighted so many visitors have engaged with this year’s awards. It is a great way for Red Funnel and the industry to gauge what visitors have enjoyed most about their time on the Island."

Last year, just 4,422 votes were cast but this year the number soared to 27,629. editor Alix Robinson said: "It’s incredible to see the leap in votes cast this year and be able to feedback this praise to the industry.

"There were some businesses who have won two years in a row now so they are obviously hitting the spot and exceeding visitors’ expectations.

"The 2014 awards are now open so everyone can get voting to make sure that their top choice is in with a chance to win this year."


Best fish and chips in your hand — Corries Cabin, Cowes; best place to hook up (caravanning and touring) — Ninham Country Holidays; the ultimate classic hotel experience — The Royal, Ventnor; cosiest cottage hideaway — Vintage Vacations Shack; best place to go glamping — Tom’s Eco Lodges; best place for a shindig (self catering) — Tapnell Farm; most comfy bed and hearty breakfast — The Little Gloster; best epicurean spot to blow the budget — The Royal, Ventnor; best eaterie with a sea view — Steephill Cove Crab Shed; best homemade burger — Coast, Cowes; best olde worlde pub with Island ales — The Spyglass Inn; best afternoon/cream tea — Chessell Pottery Courtyard Cafe; best place to fill your boots (full of local produce) — Garlic Farm; favourite local produce to gorge on — Minghella Ice Cream; best shop to pick up that something special — Live Like This; best event to lie back and soak up the sounds — Bestival; best event to burn off the calories — Walk the Wight; best event to be immersed in culture — Ventnor Fringe; best place for something for the family — Robin Hill; best place to make a furry friend — Seaview Wildlife Encounter; best place to go back in time — Osborne House; best place to explore gardens — Ventnor Botanic Garden; best place to get grafty — Chessell Pottery; best water-based activity provider — UKSA; best land-based activity provider — Island Gems’ fossil hunts; best rustic camping experience — Ninham Country Holidays.


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