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Cotswold pubs win national accommodation award

Four pubs in the Cotswolds have been rewarded for their excellent accommodation, after owner Brakspear was named Best Accommodation Operator at the Publican Awards 2020.

The trophy was presented by top comedian Rob Beckett at an awards ceremony in London.

The Publican Awards, run by pub magazine The Morning Advertiser, are open to pubs across the UK. Brakspear operates four pubs with rooms in the Cotswolds: the Frogmill at Shipton Oliffe near Cheltenham; George Hotel in Shipston-on-Stour; the Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold and the Sheep on Sheep Street, also in Stow.

Brakspear won the award based on rigorous, three-stage judging by industry experts, who looked at all aspects of the pubs' accommodation from comfort and design in the bedrooms to customer service and breakfast. All Brakspear's pub rooms are decorated and furnished to high standards, with features such as roll-top baths and rainfall showers, comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton linens and Nespresso coffee machines.

Simon Stanbrook, general manager at the Frogmill, said: "We are thrilled to have won a Publican Award, which are widely regarded as the toughest in pub industry. It's great to know that our bedrooms, food and drink have been judged robustly and found to be the best in the country, and I'm really grateful to our wonderful staff team, whose high standards and outstanding customer service have won this accolade."

Nicholas Robinson, accommodation category judge and managing editor for The Morning Advertiser, said: "Brakspear really stood out in this category with its attention to detail in every aspect of the business. From stunning rooms with oodles of character and style to great tasting food throughout the day and a wide variety of drink options."

The Publican Awards 2020 were presented at Evolution London, in Battersea, at a dinner attended by 1,500 guests from the pub and drinks industry. Four companies were shortlisted for the Best Accommodation Operator title, with Brakspear seeing off competition from PubLove, The Inn Collection Group and Stay Original Company.

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