Hannah Barnes won a competition earlier this year, run in conjunction with City College Norwich Art and Design students, for an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel to be printed on new mugs, which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms, as part of the tea and coffee making facility. The mugs are also on sale in hotel reception.
The Grove in Cromer, owned by three generations of the Graveling family for the past 81 years, is the winner of AA’s Bed and Breakfast with a Story for 2017-18.
Richard, Chris and Liz Graveling picked up the award at a gala lunch hosted by the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on Monday.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious honour”, said Richard. “The standard of entries was apparently very high so to come out on top is a real compliment.”
The Grove in Cromer has been recognised by the Luxury Travel Guide as their Unique Luxury Hotel of the Year and commended for the high quality of food, amenities and accommodation.
It comes on the back of the Eviivo Hidden Gems award shortlisting earlier in the year – to go with a double AA Rosette, four-star Gold Award and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - and rounds off the eightieth anniversary of the same family running the Grove.
The judges said: “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement to be proud of. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Marion Maxwell officially opened the Eighth in the East’s new touring exhibition, at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, on Friday 23 September. The exhibition is at the hotel until Thursday 6 October.
The Maids Head Hotel launched a new Norwich Summer Staycation package at the Royal Norfolk Show, with a ‘beach burial’, on the hotel’s stand. Amy Elvin, the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator is pictured being buried by Carey Briggs from Pensthorpe Natural Park, hotel colleague Katherine Renhard and Louise Rout from Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.
The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich has won best English hotel loo, in the Loo of the Year Awards 2015.
In addition to winning the National Award for Hotels in England, the Maids Head’s toilets received top Platinum grading and a special Attendant of the Year Award for cleanliness.
The Loo of the Year Awards, www.loo.co.uk, have been identifying the best in Britain since 1987, and are recognised as standard setters for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.
The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland is supporting the Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s #HereforNurses fundraising campaign during the Norwich City of Ale festival.
The hotel will donate 10p to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust for every pint of draught Maids Head Ale and Woodforde’s Wherry served in the Maids Head Bar during the City of Ale festival, which runs from Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 31.
The Maids Head has important links with the Edith Cavell story. Part of the hotel, acquired in 1956, was the former Cavell Home for District Nurses, opened by Queen Alexandra in 1918, at the same time as the unveiling of the Edith Cavell memorial. The main meeting room in this part of the hotel was renamed the Edith Cavell Room last December, when the Cavell Nurses’ Trust launched their centenary appeal at the Maids Head.
The Maids Head Hotel is supporting the restoration of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s 19th century thatched boathouse, during the Norwich City of Ale festival 2014. The hotel will be donating 5p to the boathouse project, for every pint of Maids Head Ale, Woodforde’s Wherry and Flagondry sold at the Maids Head Bar, from 22 May to 1 June.