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Bath boutique hotel takes top gong in industry awards, crowned Independent Hotel of the Year 2020

Bath’s Queensberry Hotel has been named Independent Hotel of the Year at the 2020 Cateys Awards. 

The Cateys are awarded by The Caterer magazine and ‘recognise the most talented individuals, biggest brands and the strongest performers in the hospitality industry.’  Due to lockdown restrictions in place in England, this year’s event took place as a live virtual ceremony. 

In the Independent Hotel of the Year category, The Queensberry was up against the Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and Seaham Hall, Seaham, County Durham.

It took top honours though as judges cited The Queensberry as ‘the epitome of a well-run, independent hotel where the owners are at the heart of the business.’  

For the past 17 years, Laurence and Helen Beere have strived to keep the four-AA-star, 29-bedroom property at the forefront of the boutique hotel market in Bath. In 2017 the hotel benefited from a £1.3m investment programme, and went on to enjoy extensive renovation work in 2019.

The hotel’s Olive Tree restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2018…

The hotel’s Olive Tree restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in October 2018. Restaurant bookings across the year increased by 40 per cent following the Michelin star award.

Cateys category judge, David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director of The Goring in London, said, “Year after year The Queensberry has continued to blossom with new offerings, new decorations and new awards. The Beeres have grown this business organically and they have ploughed everything they have and everything they are into it and the result is an amazing and successful small business in the middle of a very crowded hospitality market in Bath. The Queensberry is a shining example of the very best of hospitality in our country.”

Founder Laurence Beere said, “My wife Helen and I believe that this is a good business and that is why we have kept fighting, despite everything that has been thrown at us in the past few years, and certainly this year. We stand with all of our eminent hospitality colleagues in being committed to making the most of the unexpected lessons that 2020 has ‘gifted’ us.  Our industry has been through the deepest of challenges, and I will be forever grateful to our totally dedicated Queensberry and Olive Tree team players who are rising with us to meet these challenges as we all set forth into the future.”

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