A record 78 trophies were presented to tourism businesses from across the county at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards dinner, held at The Tank Museum on Thursday 17th October, a record number of entries.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards broke all records in celebrating the best of Dorset tourism.  This year saw a new category for Dog Friendly Pub along with many category changes at the celebratory dinner, with awards presented by BBC Dorset’s Steve Harris and an inspiring talk about Dorset’s wildlife by Simon Cripps.

A few Dorset Food and Drink members were celebrated on the night, including the Yellow Bicycle Cafe, who won Gold in the Cafe and Tearoom of the Year, which was sponsored by the Book and Bucket Cheese Company. Taste Cafe on Chesil Beach were awarded Bronze.

In Small Visitor of Attraction of the Year sponsored by Resort Dorset, Langham Wine were awarded silver and Sculpture by the lake were commended .

All parts of the county saw businesses being nominated – from Shaftesbury and Sherborne in the north, to Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth in the east, and Lyme Regis, Purbeck, Weymouth and Bridport in the south and west. All nominees are now awaiting what is recognised as one of the country’s most rigorous judging processes involving assessment of entry forms, 115 judging visits and ending with decisions by an independent panel.

You can take a look at highlights from the awards below.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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