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.
Derby Manor Menus
Breakfast menu (Options May Vary) (£12.95 pp)
Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 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|
|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|
Afternoon Tea (Options vary day-day based on season & availability)
|Cream tea||£16 p/p|
Warm Homemade Scones, Clotted Cream, Selection of Homemade Jams, Served with traditional English Tea
|Classic Afternoon Tea||£28 p/p|
Ribbon Sandwiches, Traditional Scones, Quiche, Homemade Cakes and Sweets, Served with your choice of Tea
|“Bubbly” Afternoon tea||£34.95 p/p|
Ribbon Sandwiches, Traditional Scones, Quiche, Homemade Cakes and Sweets, Served with a glass of Prosecco and your choice of Tea
|Champagne Afternoon Tea||£45 p/p|
Selection Of Ribbon Sandwiches, Warm Homemade Scones, Clotted Cream, Selection of Homemade Jams, Served with traditional English Tea and a Glass of House Champagne.
|Rose Champagne Afternoon Tea||£45 p/p|
Ribbon Sandwiches, Traditional Scones, Quiche, Homemade Cakes and Sweets, Served with a glass of House Rose Champagne and your choice of Tea.
|*If the stated Bubbly or Champagne is not available due to stock, then a similar or better will be served.|