Bournemouth hotel The Green House received national recognition last night when it was named AA Eco Hotel of the Year 2012-13, sponsored by British Gas, at the AA Hospitality Awards held at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
The AA Eco Hotel of the Year award recognises a clear commitment to sustainability, demonstrated through good practice and policy to make a positive contribution to reducing impact on the environment. In addition to the standard eco steps such as energy saving lightbulbs and recycling, The Green House in Bournemouth has spent the past four years instigating over 100 eco initiatives to make sure that guest are spoilt without spoiling anything else. From locally sourced produced including carpets and furniture, which is made from storm or tree surgeon felled timber, to on-site generation of electricity, eco paint and wallpaper and even a company car that runs on used cooking oil from the kitchen, the team at The Green House really do go that extra mile for their guests and the environment.
Speaking of their win, General Manager Olivia O’Sullivan said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized by the AA as Eco Hotel of the Year!! At The Green House, we live and breathe sustainability; spoiling our guests without spoiling anything else!’
The AA Hospitality Awards, hosted this year by Kate Silverton, saw the great and good of the country’s hospitality industry come together to celebrate not only the amazing achievements of the individuals and establishments receiving recognition for outstanding excellence in their field but also 20 years of the iconic AA Restaurant Guide.
The evening opened with a tribute to the AA Restaurant Guide by Heston Blumenthal and Raymond Blanc before the superb gourmet meal created by chef Jason Atherton and the team at the London Hilton Park Lane and entertainment from glamorous string quartet Siren.
The award event also sees the launch of the 2013 AA guides to UK hotels, restaurants, pubs and B&Bs which contain details of all the winning establishments.
The full list of winners at the AA Hospitality Awards 2012-13 is:
AA Hotel of the Year England – Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
AA Hotel of the Year Scotland – The Torridon, Torridon, Highlands
AA Hotel of the Year Wales – Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno
AA Hotel of the Year London (sponsored by AA Business Insurance) – Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London W1
AA Restaurant of the Year England – The Church Green British Grill, Lymm, Cheshire
AA Restaurant of the Year Scotland – Rogano, Glasgow
AA Restaurant of the Year Wales – Sosban, Llanelli
AA Restaurant of the Year London (Sponsored by Food and Travel) – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London SW1
AA Wine Award England & Overall Winner (sponsored by T&W Wines) – L’Etranger, London
AA Wine Award Scotland (sponsored by T&W Wines) – Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh
AA Wine Award Wales (sponsored by T&W Wines) – The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon, Wales
AA Pub of the Year England – The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
AA Pub of the Year Scotland – West Brewery, Glasgow
AA Pub of the Year Wales – The Inn at Penallt, Monmouth
AA Small Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by beacon) – Cotswold Inns and Hotels
AA Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by D-ENERGi) – Hand Picked Hotels
AA Eco Hotel of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) – The Green House, Bournemouth
AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by British Gas Business) – Macdonald Hotels and Resorts
AA Chefs’ Chef (sponsored by Caterer.com) – Pierre Koffmann
AA Lifetime Achievement – Antonio Carluccio OBE