Scilly Hotel Recognised In Tourism Awards

The Star Castle Hotel

The Star Castle Hotel’s food has been recognised in the official regional tourism awards.

The hotel has won one of the top three categories in the ‘Taste of the South West’ section of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

But staff and management won’t know whether they have gained gold, silver or bronze until the prize-giving event on the 8th February at the Eden Project.

Manager Zoe Parry says a judge came over on a mystery visit to sample the hotel’s food before reaching a decision.

The Star Castle has been successful in these awards before and gained silver in the Small Hotel category two yeas ago. They are finalists in that sector again this time.

Zoe says the recognition is good for staff morale because it shows that industry experts recognize what they do.

It’s also good publicity for the islands and helps increase regional and national awareness of the Star Castle.

Zoe says her colleagues go the extra mile to source food from islands and the immediate area on the mainland.

The hotel has its own kitchen garden at Carn Friars farm, as well as an herb garden in the hotel grounds.

They also use locally-sourced meat from Peninnis farm and St Agnes, and fish landed from owner Robert Francis’ own fishing boat.

The Star Castle’s regional success means they’ll be entered into the national VisitEngland awards, to be held in London next year.

Zoe says members of staff will be going to the regional awards night in February.