Posted 3rd Feb 2017
At last we can reveal our countryside champions as voted for by you, the winners of the 2016 LandLove Magazine Awards
Welcome to our third annual LandLove Magazine Awards results. This year you’ve outdone yourselves in helping us to celebrate the very best things about the British countryside and the people who make it so wonderful, inundating us with almost 40,000 votes – making 2016 our best year yet! Over the past three months we asked you to vote for your favourites to give our countryside champions the recognition they deserve, so a big thank you to all our readers for taking the time to vote in your thousands and help us to crown your 2016 award winners. There were 12 exciting categories to vote in, from Britain’s favourite cathedral, garden and nature reserve to seaside town, food producer and animal charity, and now the results are in. Turn overleaf to discover this year’s winners
Britain’s favourite nature reserve Sussex Wildlife Trust Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Rye Harbour is one of the most important conservation sites in Britain.
2nd place – The Welsh Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve
3rd place – RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve
‘Now in its 48th year, the nature reserve has worked in partnership with several organisations and landowners to create a special place that is visited by 300,000 people a year. Special mention and thanks goes to the support from members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.’
Dr Barry Yates, Manager of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Britain’s favourite cathedral Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral was a clear winner in this category. A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, built in 1093, the stunning building sits grandly on a rocky promontory looking down over the medieval city below.
2nd place – Canterbury Cathedral
3rd place – Lincoln Cathedral
‘We are delighted to have been voted Britain’s favourite cathedral in the LandLove Magazine Awards 2016. Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted.’
Ruth Robson, Head of Marketing and Events
Britain’s favourite food producer Teare Woods Ice Cream
Hand-crafted from rich Jersey milk, Teare Woods Ice Cream comes in a wealth of delicious flavours, made in the hills of North Yorkshire with a quaint parlour to visit in the historic Whitby harbour, where a scoop or two can be enjoyed.
2nd place – The Real Pie Company
3rd place – The Tracklement Company
‘Our customers love our product and return again and again, sometimes for ice cream flavours made specifically at their request. I’d love to thank everyone who voted for us. They have made us very proud!’
Shayne Teare and Abbie Winter, Co-owners
Britain’s favourite seaside town Whitby, North Yorkshire
Achieving a staggering 36% of the vote, Whitby was a firm favourite with our readers, and with a Gothic abbey, award-winning fish and chips and stunning beach to its name, it’s easy to see why.
2nd place – Padstow, Cornwall
3rd place – Tobermory, Isle of Mull
‘This is terrific news, although it comes as no surprise that Whitby has been voted Britain’s favourite seaside town. The town is not only steeped in history and culture, but is also home to some fantastic scenery, a beautiful beach and stunning cobbled streets filled with independent shops and great restaurants that keep visitors returning.’
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
Britain’s favourite garden National Trust Cragside
It was a close call between Britain’s many glorious gardens, but you decided to crown National Trust Cragside’s diverse grounds, designed by Lord Armstrong, your champion in this category.
2nd place – Helmsley Walled Garden
3rd place – National Trust Buckland Abbey
‘Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who voted for Cragside. Cragside is an amazing place with something for everyone. Winning this award is an amazing feeling and it couldn’t have been done without the staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment to Cragside and the National Trust.’
Dale Stevens, Senior Gardener
Britain’s favourite animal charity RSPCA
A brand new category for 2016, it was a tough choice to vote for just one of the amazing animal charities nominated, but the RSPCA’s hard work to ensure the protection of animals won them the crown.
2nd place – Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
3rd place – Dogs Trust
‘We are honoured to win this award and proud this has highlighted the work of the RSPCA which is at the forefront of animal welfare. The RSPCA works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome more than 120,000 animals every year and we simply could not do the vital work we do without the support of the public’
James Yeates, RSPCA Chief Vet
Britain’s favourite place to stay Barberstown Castle
You were spoilt for choice with some of Britain and Ireland’s best accommodation providers up for the vote in this category, though Barberstown Castle in County Kildare was your clear winner.
2nd place – Ponden Hall Bed and Breakfast
3rd place – Eighteen97 Bed and Breakfast
‘To be awarded Britain’s favourite place to stay is a tremendous honour and we would like to sincerely thank the guests who voted for us. As a privately owned Castle and Country House Hotel, we pride ourselves on our service and our Barton Rooms fine dining restaurant. We are sincerely honoured by this recognition.’
Gretchen Ridgeway, Sales and Marketing Manager
Britain’s favourite drinks producer Sloemotion
A small family-run business specialising in hedgerow fruit-based tipples, Sloemotion is a well deserved winner in this popular category.
2nd place – Red Rock Brewery
3rd place – Luscombe Drinks
‘Sloemotion are thrilled to become Britain’s favourite drinks producer. LandLove Magazine celebrates all things traditional and beautiful in the British countryside and this sits perfectly with our brand. This award should be dedicated to each and every one of our loyal customers; we would like to thank you all for voting and we hope you continue to enjoy buying and sipping our products.’
Jonathan Curtoys, Managing Director of Sloemotion
Britain’s favourite place to eat Tower Bank Arms
It was a close call between the top three restaurants in this category, but the traditional 17th-century Lakeland inn, the Tower Bank Arms, took the lead just in time.
2nd place – Crab & Lobster
3rd place – Crab Shack
‘Whether tracing the steps of Beatrix Potter or enjoying the local fells, we welcome visitors from all over the world. We source our food from renowned Cumbrian suppliers and our fabulous award-winning ales brewed close by. A big thank you to everyone who voted, we hope to welcome you to the pub in the not too distant future.’
Anthony and Elaine Hutton, Owners
Britain’s favourite day out BBC Countryfile Live 2016
One of last year’s best new events, BBC Countryfile Live 2016 took the crown in this category, and with a Great British Ice Cream Parlour, wonderful wildlife, outdoor pursuits and crafts marquee, it’s easy to see why our readers loved it.
2nd place – Great British Food Festival
3rd place – Isle of Skye Highland Games
‘We are absolutely delighted that BBC Countryfile Live has won the 2016 LandLove Magazine Britain’s favourite day out award in our launch year, and would like to thank all its readers for voting for us. We are very excited to be back at Blenheim Palace this year, 3rd to 6th August.’
Tim Etchells, Managing Director of SME London Ltd, organisers of BBC Countryfile Live
Britain’s favourite outdoor clothing Barbour
One of Britain’s best-known outdoor clothing brands, Barbour scooped the top spot for the second time in our annual awards. It’s clear you love this historic family business, started in 1894 in South Shields.
2nd place – Regatta
3rd place – Berghaus
‘Barbour is delighted to accept the 2016 LandLove Magazine Award for Britain’s favourite outdoor clothing brand. Practical and performance-led outdoor clothing has been at the heart of Barbour since 1894 and this award recognises Barbour’s dedication to striving to provide the highest quality of clothing.’
Paul Wilkinson, Director of Marketing
Britain’s favourite castle Alnwick Castle
Another new category in the 2016 LandLove Awards, Alnwick Castle was a strong winner with over 30% of the vote. And it’s clear to
see why with its lavish State Rooms, magnificent collection of art, exciting
Knight’s Quest and Harry Potter-inspired magic to enjoy.
2nd place – Edinburgh Castle
3rd place – Hever Castle
‘We’re thrilled to win this award. There is no doubt that we have a stunning castle and an amazing, eventful history, and all our staff work hard to make sure every one of our visitors not only has a great day out, but values their visit with us enough to tell their friends and family about it.’
David Hawke, Head of Alnwick Castle Ventures
Images courtesy of National Trust: John Millar, Richard Wood, Heather Dixon, BBC Countryfile Live 2016, Sussex Wildlife Trust