The Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster has been listed as a finalist in the 2018 National Group Travel Awards. It is one of seven nominated in the “Best Individual Hotel for Groups in the UK” category.

Antony Brunt, the proprietor of the Yarn Market Hotel, commented: “We are delighted to be nominated as a finalist in these awards. It’s a great reflection on the work that all of the team at the hotel put in all year round to attract business and then to make sure that our guests, be they groups or individuals enjoy their stay and the delights of Dunster itself, West Somerset and the Exmoor National Park.”

Antony is a well-known figure on the Travel Trade Show circuit and has been found promoting the Yarn Market Hotel and the wider attractions of the area across England and Wales. The message has been taken to London, Manchester, venues across southern England and Liverpool amongst other locations and on Tuesday 20 March he headed to the NEC Birmingham to spend two days working at the British Travel Trade Show. The work and the mileage has clearly paid off as he will return to a full hotel, hosting a four-day break for RailTrail holidays, who are visiting heritage railways in the South West including the second day on the West Somerset Railway’s Spring Steam Gala on Friday 23 March.

Also celebrating…

Salad Days (see photo) is a finalist in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Tourism Excellence 2018

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2018, with Dunster’s Salad Days being named as a finalist in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year. The winners of this prestigious accolade will be announced at the Awards ceremony to be held on Monday 23 April at the Bath Assembly Rooms.

Salad Days Beach Hut, announced as a finalist earlier this week, represents one of the three finalists in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category and is the only representative from Somerset. All finalists must now wait until the Awards ceremony to discover whether they have achieved Gold, Silver or Bronze placings.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “The finalists have shown themselves to be of the highest calibre, using their talent and innovation to deliver excellence. The hundreds of applications this year reflect the quality products across our tourism landscape and I warmly congratulate all the finalists and wish them the very best of luck.”

Speaking on behalf of Salad Days, Brett Bates, said: “We were so excited to win Gold in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Awards held in Taunton last year, then we were over the moon with a further Gold at South West Tourism Excellence Awards in Torquay last month and now we can’t quite believe that our little beach hut has made it to the national Visit England finals. Salad Days will be alongside some of the best tourism businesses in the country. All this in just our first two years of business, wow!”

“Salad Days started as a dream over 50 years ago when I used to visit Dunster as a child and now I want our guests to experience some of the charm and magic that this wonderful part of Somerset offers,” said Brett “Now, with this kind of recognition, it will help to put Dunster Beach on the map and more people will find it, which is good news for Dunster, Somerset and Exmoor. Right from the beginning we wanted Salad Days to be dog friendly as we knew that so many people visit this area with their dog, now they can stay at one of the best dog friendly businesses in England.”

PHOTO: The interior of Salad Days Beach Hut

A full list of winners can be found at

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