The Pentonbridge Inn, Penton, has won the Best Newcomer in this year's César awards, while The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire was named Inn of the Year.

Named after the hotelier César Ritz ten César awards are given out each year by the guide's authors.

The Pentonbridge Inn has been transformed from a "a remote, run-down pub into an exciting gourmet destination," said the guide's co-editors Adam Raphael and Ian Belcher.

"The nine beautifully appointed bedrooms, spread between the main house and the connected barn, are named after an infamous clan of Border Reivers (raiders) who raided the English-Scottish border for livestock during the late 17th century."

The Star Inn was praised for its, "fine-dining upgrade on pub classics with a daily-changing menu."

 

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Adam and Ian said: "This year's 2019 César winners have demonstrated excellence at every turn, providing guests with delicious food and warm hospitality. They have also succeeded in getting the all-important basics right, from a comfortable mattress or very good ambient lighting to that vital but often overlooked welcoming atmosphere and smooth service."

At the launch of the guide yesterday new research was presented which suggest that the approach of Brexit has helped the UK hospitality industry, with trading for most hotels been good (69 per cent) or fair (28 per cent).

More than half (60%) said that they had seen an increase in foreign guests but a third of hotels said that Brexit had affected staff recruitment and retention.