I did not win anything at the AA Hospitality Awards, but several of Pride of Britain’s member hotels did. Dormy House received Hotel of the Year for England; the Eden Collection (two of whose properties are in membership) got Small Hotel Group of the Year; The Grove at Narberth won the Wine Award for Wales; and Nathan Outlaw, who works his magic at The Capital Hotel in London, was named “Chefs’ Chef of the Year”.
I did not sponsor any of the awards, but one of our commercial partners did. Temple Spa sponsored the Hotel of the Year.
I did not present the awards on the night either, Fiona Bruce performed that task splendidly, aided by my friend Simon Numphud who heads up the AA hotel division.
So why am I feeling like a winner today? It must be the reflected glory that comes from having a close association with these successful people. We are drawn to them like moths to a light bulb.
Long may they shine.