HomeOut & AboutBetchworth B&B Named Bed With The UK’s Tastiest Breakfast Wake up and smell the coffee! Bovey Cottage, Betchworth has been named the B&B with the ‘Tastiest Breakfast’ at the prestigious annual eviivo awards Immortalised in fiction, on television and in film, Britain’s independent B&Bs, guesthouses and boutique hotels represent the pinnacle of British hospitality – providing some of UK’s most quirky and unique holiday experiences. The eviivo awards, now in its 4th year, aim to recognise this, celebrating outstanding B&Bs like Bovey Cottage and independent small hotels across the country More Brits and tourists than ever are flocking to these century-old doors. The UK’s B&B sector, estimated to be worth £2BN annually, has had a record year through a combination of a renaissance in independent accommodation, a weak pound and the Brexit vote. The judging panel, which featured Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, TV presenter Lisa Holloway, writer and broadcaster Harry Wallop, professional baker and author Dan Lepard as well as industry journalists Lee Hayhurst (Travolution), Janet Harmer (The Caterer) and the Chairman of the B&B Association, David Weston, reviewed entries from the very best of British B&Bs. Paul Saxby, director responsible for the eviivo Awards, said: “Our awards shine a light on some of the finest businesses in the UK’s vibrant hospitality sector. On behalf of the eviivo team I would like to congratulate all our 2017 winners. Many are small, family-run businesses and their passion and tireless dedication is inspiring.” The full list of winners is as follows: 1 Quirkiest Place To Stay: Castle Levan, Inverclyde Located at the end of a 21st century residential road, once through the arched entrance, guests are transported back in time at Castle Levan. Rooms have been decorated with gargoyles, dragons and suits of armour. Described by the judges as ‘beautiful, themed and historic’ this year’s winner was built in 1457 and is a listed building with Historic Scotland. 2 Budget With A Twist: Broomhills Farm River Eco Pods, Longtown Set in ancient Cumbrian woodland beside the River Lyne, the wooden ecopods are described by the owners as being like ‘camping without the tent’. The pods provide a family friendly holiday, close to nature, at a fraction of the usual cost. The quirky accommodation at this property is proving a hit, as highlighted by reviews on its website. Judges were impressed by the unusual nature of the accommodation and the experience. 3 Outstanding Host: Manor Farm B&B, Marlborough As a working farmhouse and family home for six generations, Manor Farm offers guests a home away from home. Judges highlighted the ‘traditional’ and ‘honest’ values here. Over and above the fine setting, comfortable rooms and excellent breakfasts, the owners’ genuine, friendly and sincere welcome and the way they look after their guests, from check-in to departure, exemplify the very highest levels of service. 4 Most Beautifully Presented: The Old Hall, Ely The extraordinary interiors at the Old Hall are decorated in a Jacobean style to tie in with the property’s architecture. No expense has been spared in creating a homely yet indulgent feel, with luxury fabrics and furnishings. Judges loved the simple, clear and beautiful presentation of the property, making it easy to navigate and a pleasure to visit. 5 Most Creative Name: The Who’d Have Thought It, Milton Combe The Devon-based ‘Whody’, as it is called by locals, has an eye-catching name and an offer that matches. Exceptional food and low prices and regular Blue Grass music events, match the unusual name of this 16th century establishment to the experience. 6 Tastiest Breakfast: Bovey Cottage, Betchworth This hotly-contested award, judged by celebrity chef, Michel Roux Jr, went to Bovey Cottage in Betchworth for a breakfast a million miles away from the traditional full English. Bovey’s offering included its own bread, baked daily to a Scandinavian recipe, fresh poached pears with Greek yoghurt, compotes with seasonal fruits from the B&B’s garden, homemade pancakes with bacon, blueberry compote and maple syrup and even Caribbean bread pudding.