Winners crowned at the 2019 Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards

The winners of the 2019 Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards were announced in Lincoln at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln on Tuesday, March 12.

Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincolnshire hosted the evening and Andrew Stokes, England Director for VisitBritain, provided the keynote speech, encouraging Lincolnshire’s visitor economy on a national stage.

More than two hundred guests gathered to celebrate and share best practice of the county’s tourism industry.

The awards, celebrate the finest of local businesses in the hospitality and retail sector, recognising their efforts in making Lincolnshire a great place to visit.

The winners were chosen by a mix of judges decisions and public votes online.

Lydia Rusling Chief Executive of Visit Lincoln said: “It’s great to see so many businesses across different sectors, including retail and food and drink, recognised, celebrated and rewarded.

“There were more award applications for the second Tourism Excellence Awards, and the quality of all of them were outstanding, which made the judging exceptionally difficult.

“It shows how significant the industry is across Lincolnshire’s Countryside, Coast and City.”

The winners include:


Taste of Lincolnshire Award

  • Lincoln Tea & Coffee

Restaurant of the Year

  • Doddington Hall

Cafe of the Year

  • Stokes Coffee – The Lawn

Bar/Pub of the Year

  • Strait & Narrow

Retailer of the Year

  • Crafty Bottle

Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Lincoln Cathedral

Hotel of the Year

  • Healing Manor Hotel

Self-catering Property of the Year

  • Grange Park Farm

Holiday Park/Village of the Year

  • Fantasty Island

Family Tourism Award

  • Normanby Hall

Taking Lincolnshire to the World

  • International Bomber Command Centre

Bed & Breakfast of the Year

  • Bridleway B&B

Outstanding Contribution Award

  • Nicky van der Drift (International Bomber Command Centre) & Dave Harrigan MBE (Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire)