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Mount Stuart triumphs in annual heritage awards

The Hudson's Heritage Awards judges praised Mount Stuart for the use of local produce on its menus - here Alistair McFarlane is seen hard at work at the Ritchie's of Rothesay smokehouse.

The Hudson's Heritage Awards judges praised Mount Stuart for the use of local produce on its menus - here Alistair McFarlane is seen hard at work at the Ritchie's of Rothesay smokehouse.

 

Mount Stuart has won two top prizes at the annual Hudson’s Heritage Awards, held this week in London.

The island’s top visitor attraction scooped first prize in the Best Eating Out category and was runner-up in the contest for the Best Wedding Venue.

The awards were presented by television presenter and author Loyd Grossman OBE, who said of Mount Stuart’s entries: “The judges were particularly impressed by the good value in the visitor restaurant and believe that Mount Stuart is perhaps one of the most spectacular places in the country to hold a wedding.”

Connie Lovel, chief executive at Mount Stuart, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the 2014 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. Winning these awards is testament to the high standards and commitment to excellence we offer our visitors to ensure they have the best possible experience. 

“Receiving these two awards is a wonderful acknowledgment and recognition that Mount Stuart is one of the best heritage attractions and wedding venues in the UK.” 

The judges singled out Mount Stuart’s focus on using local produce, both from producers on the island and from the estate’s own kitchen garden, for praise, as well as the variety of food options available in the visitor centre restaurant, the adjacent farm shop and the courtyard cafe next to the main house itself.

The awards, established in 2011 to celebrate the very best heritage experiences available across the UK, are independently judged and open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites in 11 categories.

The judging panel this year comprised heritage consultant and chairman Norman Hudson OBE, writer and broadcaster Lucinda Lambton, architectural writer Jeremy Musson and Simon Foster, consultant to the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue.

 

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