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Bournemouth Tourism Awards

James from Derby Manor & Shades Restaurant discusses his thoughts on winning the best afternoon tea award in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017.

Nominated in Two Categories

Simply being nominated for two categories in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017 was surprising enough.  We certainly believed that we deserved to win both categories, but having launched in 2016 we don’t necessarily have the same exposure as other Bournemouth-based hotels and restaurants.

The two categories that we were nominated for were the “Small Hotel Award” and the “Best Afternoon Tea Award”. The Small Hotel Award was judged by a panel from the BTAs and the Best Afternoon Tea Award was down to a public vote.

We weren’t certain about how the judging panel would decide the winner of the Small Hotel Award. In contrast, we have a wonderful community of guests that we were certain would support our family-run hotel by voting for us in the Best Afternoon Tea Award.

On the Night

We were confident about our chances approaching the evening and we were placed on a fantastic table with other groups and businesses that took home awards in their own respective categories.

The evening was going well and the award for best afternoon tea award was announced about half-way through. To our delight, Derby Manor was announced as the winner! We walk up from our table and graciously collected the award and smiled for the all-important press photos.

A Word of Thanks

Winning best afternoon tea is a great achievement for all the staff at Derby Manor and well deserved. Most importantly it was won by votes from the public. It has been a great effort by all the staff since we launched last year and we are very proud of the whole team. We would also like to extend our thanks to the BTAs, the voters and all our guests that have dined and stayed with us at Derby Manor.


Written by James Milligan, Managing Director of the family-run Derby Manor Hotel & Shades Restaurant.

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Derby Manor Menus

Breakfast menu  (Options May Vary)  (£12.95 pp)

Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 9:30am
Weekends and Bank Holidays: 8am -10am
24th – 26th December and 1st January: 8am-10am (£12.95 pp options may vary)

Continental Breakfast Menu
Fresh Fruit Salad
Sliced Rare Breed Ham
Continental Cheeses
Freshly Baked Croissants & Pain Au Chocolat
Ann Forshaw’s Yogurt, Fruit Compots, Selection of Nuts and Dried Fruit
Cereals, Muesli and Granola with Choice of Full Fat, Semi Skimmed or Soya Milk

Fresh Fruit & Fruit Juices


Cooked Breakfast Menu


Free Range Eggs Florentine
Maple Cured Bacon Eggs Benedict
Free Range Boiled Eggs and Soldiers
Derby Manor’s Smoked Salmon Royale
Smoked Haddock and Free Range Poached Eggs

Derby Manor’s Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs


FULL ENGLISH- Thick Cut Maple Cured Bacon, Derby Manor’s Sausage, Tomato, Mushrooms, Heinz Baked Beans, Homemade Black Pudding, Hash Brown, Local Free Range Eggs


Vegetarian Full English- Grilled Haloumi, Homemade Vegetarian Sausage, Tomato, Mushrooms, Heinz Baked Beans, Hash Brown, Local Free Range Eggs

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