Leading tourism business recognised in Red Funnel's 2015 MyIoW Awards

20-01-2016 The fourth annual Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Awards showcased the best of the Island's tourism businesses in a ceremony at Northwood House in Cowes last night (19 January).

Some 90 businesses gathered to find out who had clinched the coveted winning trophy in 30 different award categories, including the best 'Things to Do & See', 'Favourite Places to Eat' and 'Top Places to Stay'.

This year saw an all time record number of 38,522 votes cast by visitors to the Island, an increase of 14% vs. 2014. This makes it by far the biggest and most important competition of its kind on the Isle of Wight.

Among the businesses honoured on the night was Osborne House which won two out of the three categories it had received nominations for: ‘Best Event to be Immersed in Culture’ and ‘Best Place to Go Back in Time’.  V Dub Island won the ‘Best Event to Lie Back and Soak Up the Sounds’ and the Union Inn, Cowes, won, for the first time, all three categories it was shortlisted for: ‘Best Homemade Burger’, ‘Best OldyWorlde Pub with Island Ales’ and ‘Most Comfy Bed & Breakfast’.

Kevin George, CEO at Red Funnel, said: "We would like to congratulate all the 2015 My Isle of Wight Award winners and nominees who help make the Isle of Wight such a unique and special place to visit. Their combined efforts play a vital role in enhancing the destination and attracting more new and repeat visitors to the Island”.

Red Funnel’s 2016 My Isle of Wight Awards will be launched in March 2016 with the ability for visitors to vote online from Easter onwards.

Businesses shortlisted and winners of 2015 Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Award:
Best Shop to Pick Up That Something Special
Winner: Jurassic Jim
Nominees: Live Like This, Oasis

Best Event to Lie Back and Soak Up the Sounds
Winner: V Dub Island
Nominees: Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival,

Best Event to Burn Off the Calories
Winner: Walk the Wight
Nominees: Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Cowes Week

Best Event to be Immersed in Culture
Winner: Osborne House
Nominees: Ventnor Fringe, Quay Arts

Best Place for Something for the Family
Winner: Robin Hill
Nominees: Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Best Place to Make a Furry Friend
Winner: Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Nominees: Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Wight Zoo

Best Place to Go Back in Time
Winner: Osborne House
Nominees: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Best Place to Explore Gardens
Winner: Ventnor Botanic
Nominees: Osborne House, Mottistone Manor

Best Place to Get Crafty
Winner: Chessell Pottery Barns
Nominees: Arreton Barns, Quay Arts

Best Water-Based Activity Provider
Winner: UKSA
Nominees: IWAA, Wight Water

Best Land-Based Activity Provider
Winner: Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Nominees: Island Gems, John Cattle’s Skate Club

Best Fish and Chips in your Hand
Winner: Corries Cabin
Nominees: Ventnor Haven Fishery, Chipmunks Ryde

Best Gastronomic Experience
Winner: Little Gloster
Nominees: Three Buoys, Fogg's of Ventnor

Best Eatery with a Sea View
Winner: The Spyglass Inn
Nominees: Steephill Cove Crab Shed, Little Gloster

Best Homemade Burger
Winner: Union Inn
Nominees: Mess Canteen, Smokehouse Burger co.

Best OldyWorlde Pub with Island Ales
Winner: Union Inn
Nominees: The Spyglass Inn, Union Inn, Buddle Inn

Best Cuppa & Slice of Something Nice
Winner: Quarr Abbey
Nominees: Chessell Pottery, Bluebells Cafe

Best Place to Fill Your Boots (Full of Local Produce)
Winner: Farmer Jacks
Nominees: Garlic Farm, Briddlesford Lodge Farm

Favourite Local Produce to Gorge On
Winner: Minghella Ice Cream
Nominees: The Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight Cheese Co.

My Isle of Wight Homemade/Local Produce Champion
Winner: The Garlic Farm
Nominees: Briddlesford Lodge Farm & Bluebells Cafe, Farmer Jacks

Best Place to Break your Fast
Winner: Bluebells Cafe
Nominees: Little Gloster, Mess Canteen

Best Lunch Stop Whilst Out Adventuring
Winner: The Garlic Farm Cafe
Nominees: Off the Rails, Red Lion Freshwater

Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring)
Winner: Orchards Holiday Park
Nominees: Grange Farm, Whitecliff Bay

The Ultimate Hotel Experience
Winner: The Royal Hotel
Nominees: Priory Bay Hotel, The Seaview Hotel

Cosiest Hideaway (Self Catering)
Winner: Vintage Vacations Shack
Nominees: National Trust Needles Coastguard Cottages, The Lighthouse Steephill Cove

Best Rustic Camping Experience
Winner: Compton Farm
Nominees: Ninham Country Holidays, Grange Farm

Best Place to Go Glamping
Winner: Vintage Vacations Airstream Trailers
Nominees: Tom's Eco Lodges, Whitecliff Bay

Best Place for a Shindig (Self Catering)
Winner: Tapnell Manor
Nominees: Mersley Farm Garlic Farm, Vintage Vacations The Mission

Most Comfy Bed & Hearty Breakfast
Winner: Union Inn
Nominees: Chale Bay Farm, Little Gloster

Most Original Place to Stay
Winner: The Lighthouse Steephill Cove
Nominees: Tom's Eco Lodges, Vintage Vacations The Mission

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