“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Two leading Devon hotels scoop Gold awards for 8th consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, two long-established Devon hotels under the same local ownership have picked up four top awards from Taste of the West, the regional organisation which promotes and showcases the best hospitality, food, drink and retail experiences in the South West.

The iconic Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor, and the characterful Bedford Hotel in Tavistock, each picked up two Gold Awards – one for their hotel accommodation and hospitality, and one for their food offering which specialises in locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Judges from Taste of the West made an anonymous visit to each hotel, allowing them to sample the quality of the food and the standards of hospitality. The judges were impressed by their experiences, in particular the emphasis on food sourced from local suppliers, and the high standards of customer service.

Summing up their visit to the Two Bridges Hotel, the judges commented: “A warm welcome is guaranteed and the food in its award-winning restaurant is well worth visiting for.”

Commenting on their stay at The Bedford Hotel, the judges said “The Bedford Hotel is a great place to stay, a mixture of old-fashioned charm and comfort, with welcoming, friendly staff and a fabulous breakfast.”

Hotel Director Sarah Howard commented: “We are so thrilled to have been honoured with Gold awards from Taste of the West again. To win Gold is wonderful – but to win Gold for eight consecutive years is absolutely tremendous, and a real credit to our hard-working team and our excellent local suppliers.”