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Montagu Arms Exterior

The Montagu Arms

Last week saw the announcement of The Beautiful South Tourism Awards for 2019/2020, covering the best of the best in the South East of England and Hants and the Island came out with plenty of winners.

Highlights included Gold for ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ went to Muddy fave The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu and SenSpa at the sister property, Careys Manor also scooped the gold for ‘Best Spa and Wellbeing Experience’. Also at The Montagu Arms, The Terrace won Silver for ‘Restaraunt/Bistro of the Year’

‘Tourism Event/Festival of the Year’ was won by Beaulieu’s Supercar Weekend and over on the Wight, there was a Bronze for Electric Woods at Robin Hill.

Sibbecks Farm

Sibbecks Farm

There were also a few more of our faves who won prizes including Sibbecks Farm Glamping who won Bronze for ‘Glamping/Alternative Accommodation’ of the year, Southampton Harbour Hotel won Silver for ‘Large Hotel’, and The Running Horse Inn in Winchester was awarded Bronze in Best Pub category.

Plans Afoot

Black RatHampshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, The Black Rat in Winchester could be getting even bigger. Plans have been put forward to extend this foodie hotspot to include a two-storey extension, with two new dining areas and a bigger kitchen allowing even more diners to sample its award-winning cuisine.

Cult Food Brand Arrives in Hedge End

You may have seen recently that the big M&S branch in Hedge End was getting a bit of a makeover. As well as a brand new greengrocer market, ‘pick your own eggs’ and rotating pizza oven, there’s also been launch of the brand new Pasta Evangelist concession in store. Here you can snap up some of the famed carby-goodness, also currently sold by Harrods, created by the hand of artisan pasta makers. That’s dinner for the next few weeks sorted!

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