South Bank pair scoop county tourism honours

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2019

Healing Manor Hotel and Normanby Hall have won top accolades at the Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards.

More than 200 guests gathered to celebrate best practice in a key sector of the county’s economy in Lincoln last night.

Healing Manor, under the control of ‘Lincolnshire Chef’ Steven Bennett and partner Charlotte Hay, won Hotel of the Year, with Normanby Hall taking Family Tourism Award 2019.

Healing Manor Hotel. A winner.  General manager Scott Dunn, below, picks up the award. 

The former seat of the Portman family in the leafy dormitory village just outside Grimsby, the pair took on the hotel from developer Mark Brennan. 

Mr Bennett, a former Northern Lincolnshire Business Person of the Year, worked for Oak Ridge Group before going on to be a director at Oaklands Hall Hotel, emerging in Healing in mid-2017, initially as a consultant. Since then he and Miss Hay, former Northern Lincolnshire Young Entrepreneur of the Year with her Creative Larder marketing brand, have brought attention-grabbing innovative Peter Rabbit and The Snowman licensed afternoon teas to the venue. 

Taking to social media, the pair said:" We're so excited to have won at this year's Lincolnshire Toursim Awards. We're not even a year in yet, so this is exciting for us. Thanks to Scott for representing the team as our fab GM, and to our incredible team who work so hard day-in, day-out to create and deliver the food and service we prode ourselves on. 

With rooms in the main house and converted stables set around an on-site pub and former boat house, which has become a second major function suite. it has also won a key slice of the corporate market, with Orsted, ABP and Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce recent high profile users of it, most notably for the recent visit of Lord Lamont

North Lincolnshire Councillor Carl Sherwood ensure Normanby Hall is in the frame!   It won...

Normanby Hall, north of Scunthorpe, brought in tree top adventure activity brand Go Ape! to complement its evergreen family appeal in 2018, adding to a mini water attraction and enhanced play park, which were further additions to the grand house and grounds.

The new feature includes 29 suspended crossings, with a high point of 7.22 metres, and boasts a 140 metre zip wire. Outdoor cinema has also been brought in, with The Greatest Showman a hit last year, and - staying with screen stars - exhibitions featuring Sherlock Holmes and Pride and prejudice are planned. 

Hosted by Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Andrew Stokes, England director for VisitBritain, provided the keynote speech, encouraging Lincolnshire’s visitor economy to embrace the national stage, from the lectern at DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.


TASTE OF LINCOLNSHIRE AWARD 2019: Lincoln Tea & Coffee

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2019: Doddington Hall, Lincoln

CAFE OF THE YEAR 2019: Stokes Coffee, The Lawn, Lincoln

BAR/PUB OF THE YEAR 2019: Strait & Narrow, Lincoln

RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2019: Crafty Bottle, Lincoln


HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2019: Healing Manor


HOLIDAY PARK/VILLAGE OF THE YEAR 2019: Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells

FAMILY TOURISM AWARD 2019: Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe

TAKING LINCOLNSHIRE TO THE WORLD 2019: International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

BED & BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR 2019: Bridleway B&B, Scampton

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD 2019: Nicky van der Drift (International Bomber Command Centre) & Dave Harrigan MBE (Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire)

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