11 April, 2008 – Rochdale Scoops Tourism Award
Four Rochdale tourism businesses and attractions beat competition from across Greater Manchester at last night's Greater Manchester Tourism Awards ceremony.
Moss Lodge in Rochdale won the award for Best B&B/Small Hotel and Andrew Nutter’s restaurant won Best Tourism Restaurant of the Year.
The awards were presented by ex-Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsey in front of an audience of 400 of the region’s most influential tourism representatives. Three Gates Farm B&B in Middleton was shortlisted for the same award as Moss Lodge, and The Friends of Healey Dell were shortlisted for Best Tourism Website.
The quality of Rochdale’s tourism product
Our Tourism Officer, Tim Nuttall, said: "To achieve these awards against city centre and regional competition shows the quality of Rochdale’s tourism product. To me, all our shortlisted nominees should have won. Three Gates Farm, as a B&B, and Moss Lodge, as a small hotel, are different types of business, but unfortunately both categories were combined this year. Healey Dell’s website was up against strong competition from large commercial organisations, but for a community website it was the best."
All the nominated businesses were visited by mystery shoppers. Moss Lodge was singled out by the judges because of "their innovative approach combined with exceptional staff demonstrating great local knowledge". Meanwhile Nutters offered "great customer service and food described as ‘Absolutely perfect in all respects’."
Tim Nuttall also added: "this follows on from the ‘Best Pub of the Year’ award to Tandle Hill Tavern in October’s Manchester Food & Drink Awards. Rochdale’s tourism businesses are doing a tremendous job to promote the Borough."
Source: Rochdale Council press release