A HOTEL hidden away in Runswick Bay has seen off competition from some of the most prestigious hotels in Yorkshire to win a tourism award.
The Cliffemount Hotel, run by Ian and Carol Rae, was highly commended in the small hotel category at the White Rose Tourism Awards held in Leeds.
It was up against Michelin starred restaurants and judges liked the hotel, which has 20 rooms, because of the friendly staff and service.
Ian said he and Carol had built up the hotel since they took over eight years ago and this was the first time they had entered.
After putting a nomination package together, the hotel was visited by a mystery customer who only told staff they had been judging when they checked out and a couple of months later they learned they had made the shortlist.
Ian told the Gazette: “It was a complete surprise and the judges actually said we are a coastal gem and people should come and see us which was nice.
“We were highly commended which means we came really close. It is a good accolade and testament to what we have done. We have spent a lot of money and time and effort on the place and food is our passion. We just need people to come and see it.”