County's west honoured in style at Cornwall Today awards
THE COUNTY’S west was honoured in style at the inaugural Cornwall Today awards last week.
St Michael’s Mount claimed best heritage attraction, Tate St Ives won best art gallery and the port’s Hub eatery was named as the most popular family restaurant.
The town featured a third time, with Tregenna Castle voted the favourite holiday accommodation by readers.
Seasalt clothing brand, which has its roots in Penzance and now has shops across the South West, was also recognised, winning the top spot in the independent retailer draw.
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Owner of the Hub, Richard Boon, was really pleased in a particularly special year for the establishment.
“We were really chuffed,” he said. “It’s our 10-year anniversary this weekend, so it’s even better.”
Mr Boon added he thinks offering a “quality product at a fair price and in a relaxed environment” bagged the accolade.
He added: “We started out trying to create a really cool neighbourhood bar.
“We just really care about what we do and that shines through I feel.”
The team at St Michael’s Mount was also happy to have been recognised.
“We were thrilled to win best heritage attraction,” said head of marketing and PR Charlotte Somers, “especially as it is voted for by the public.
“St Michael’s Mount is such an extraordinary and beautiful place,” she added.
Celebrating the best of Cornish produce, 60,000 reader votes were cast across 15 categories including hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and charities.
The ceremony took place at the Headland Hotel in Newquay and was presented by magazine editor Kirstie Newton and Mark Sainsbury, managing director of Cornwall and Devon Media.
There was also entertainment for the 230 guests from the Swing Empire, while one attendee won an £800 diamond from the awards’ main sponsor, Truro jewellers No.1 King Street.