The Good Hotel Guide 2018 Names César Award Winners

2018 Cesars - Hambleton Hall

The Good Hotel Guide 2018 has revealed its 10 César award winners for its milestone 40th anniversary edition

The Good Hotel Guide 2018: Great Britain & Ireland, the leading independent UK hotel guide has revealed the 10 César award winners for its latest edition. Each year, ten César awards are presented to a selection of hotels which have demonstrated excellence in their field. Known as the Oscars of the hotel industry and named after César Ritz, 2018’s winners included a wide mix of stunning venues.

Co-edited by Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw, the 2018 Guide has 424 main entries – selected purely on merit – based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers. Unlike many of today’s hotel guides, reviews are completely impartial as hotels never pay to be included.

Co-editors Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw told us: ‘Our 2018 César winners must be celebrated for their individuality, warm hospitality and meticulous service, which set them apart from their competitors. This year’s 40th anniversary is a milestone for the Good Hotel Guide and we are proud of the fact that there is still a place for a published hotel guide. The Guide provides the chance to recognise the UK and Ireland’s most revered and wholly independent properties, from refined gastropubs to plush country house hotels.’

The full lineup is as follows…

1 Newcomer of the year: The Mash Inn, Buckinghamshire

2018 Cesars - The Mash Inn - breakfast in bed

The superlative meals at Nick Mash’s restaurant-with-rooms, in a Chiltern Hills village, draw the crowds. Stay in simple, modern bedrooms in the refreshed 18th-century inn; toast your good fortune with turmeric ginger beer at breakfast.

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2 Seaside hotel of the year: Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Devon

2018 Cesars - Soar Mill Cove restaurant

The bedrooms come with binoculars at Keith Makepeace’s family-friendly hotel on a Devon hillside – all the better to spot the dolphins in the sea below. Lunch on chowder and fishcakes before walking to the beach, under the gaze of neighbouring cows.

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 3 Luxury hotel of the year: Hambleton Hall, Rutland

2018 Cesars - Hambleton Hall

Wonderfully spoiling, Tim and Stefa Hart’s country house hotel overlooking Rutland Water has it all: delightful gardens, Michelin-starred dinners, exemplary breakfasts and an outdoor swimming pool for lazy summer days.

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4 B&B of the year: St Cuthbert’s House, Northumberland

2018 Cesars - St Cuthbert's House Seahouses bedroom

A jug of monastery mead accompanies the morning porridge at this former church in a coastal Northumberland village. Dedicated owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran serve the taste of the place: village-bakery bread, local-smokehouse kippers and Northumbrian Bubble & Squeak.

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5 Romantic hotel of the year: Forest Side, Cumbria

2018 Cesars Forest Side restaurant

In the Lake District, Andrew Wildsmith has created a modern rustic setting at this elegantly understated Victorian Gothic mansion standing in acres of landscaped gardens and dappled woodland.

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6 Country house hotel of the year: Judges, North Yorkshire

2018 Cesars - Judges-Country-House-Hotel

The Downs family’s traditional hotel on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors wins fans for its professional yet friendly approach to hotelkeeping. Among the little touches guests love: sherry in the lavishly decorated bedrooms.

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7 Inn of the year: Red Lion Freehouse, Wiltshire

2018 Cesars - The Red Lion Freehouse bathroom

Chef/patrons Guy and Brittany Manning run their thatch-roofed inn in a village bordering the River Avon. After a Michelin-starred dinner, retire to a bedroom decorated with flair.

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8 Scottish hotel of the year: Burrastow House, Shetland

2018 Cesars - Burrastow House exterior

A peat fire burns at Pierre Dupont’s laid-back small hotel on the remote west side of Shetland – just right for the library of books to read in front of it. The 18th-century house stands on the bay; all around is extraordinary beauty.

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9 Welsh restaurant-with-rooms of the year: Llys Meddyg, Pembrokeshire

2018 Cesars Llys Meddyg food

In a coastal Pembrokeshire village, this affable restaurant-with-rooms is run by owners Edward and Louise Sykes with genuine charm and more than a dash of local flavour. The food is sophisticated, the bedrooms are snug and serene.

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10 Irish hotel of the year: Viewmount House, Co. Longford

2018 Cesars - Viewmount-House exterior

Open fires, fresh flowers and Irish literature fill the rooms of Beryl and James Kearney’s Georgian mansion. Most appealing are the congenial hosts, who encourage a relaxed, easy air throughout the house.

In addition to the ten César awards above, the Guide’s Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 designated categories – This Year’s Discoveries, Romantic, Spas, Seaside, Restaurants-with-Rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, Rooms with a View, B&Bs, Value, Pubs-with-Rooms, Family, Walking, Boutique and Weddings.

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Pick up your copy
The Good Hotel Guide 2018: Great Britain & Ireland is out now, priced £16 (including p&p within the UK) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP.

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