Following an exciting nomination and shortlisting process at the start of this year, SoGlos readers had their chance to vote for their favourite Gloucestershire lifestyle businesses, events and individuals in 20 categories as part of the first ever SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.
An astounding 20,966 votes were cast by the closing date, and the winners were finally revealed at a thrilling event held at Blackfriars Priory on the evening of Wednesday 16 May 2018 – when 300 local business representatives came together for the fun-filled celebration.
The evening included networking, fish and chips, magic, drinks and music, with the live reveal proving the anticipated highlight. So, without further ado…
Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018: Gloucester Cathedral
Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2018: WWT Slimbridge
Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2018: Everyman Theatre
Sporting Venue of the Year 2018: Cheltenham Racecourse
Live Music Venue of the Year 2018: The Frog & Fiddle
Restaurant of the Year 2018: The Coconut Tree
Takeaway of the Year 2018: Fat Toni’s Pizzeria
Café of the Year 2018: The Find
Food/Drink Producer of the Year 2018: Hobbs House Bakery
Pub of the Year 2018: The Bottle of Sauce
Bar of the Year 2018: John Gordons
Hotel of the Year 2018: Cowley Manor
Spa of the Year 2018: Calcot
Hair Salon of the Year 2018: Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty
Independent School of the Year 2018: Dean Close School
Independent Shop of the Year 2018: Jesse Smith Farm Shop
Homes & Interiors business of the Year 2018: Malt House Emporium
Shopping Destination of the Year 2018: Regent Arcade Shopping Centre
Event of the Year 2018: Cheltenham Literature Festival
Social Media Influencer of the Year 2018: CheltenhamMaman
These businesses came in second as voted by SoGlos’s readers.
Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018: Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2018: Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2018: Cheltenham Racecourse
Sporting Venue of the Year 2018: Gloucester Rugby
Live Music Venue of the Year 2018: Gloucester Guildhall
Restaurant of the Year 2018: 288 Bar & Wok
Takeaway of the Year 2018: Simpsons Fish & Chips
Café of the Year 2018: Baker & Graze
Food/Drink Producer of the Year 2018: The Cotswolds Distillery
Pub of the Year 2018: Café René
Bar of the Year 2018: Stroud Brewery
Hotel of the Year 2018: Ellenborough Park
Spa of the Year 2018: Chapel Spa
Hair Salon of the Year 2018: Peter Hickman Hairdressing
Independent School of the Year 2018: The King’s School
Independent Shop of the Year 2018: Domestic Science
Homes & Interiors business of the Year 2018: Pittville
Shopping Destination of the Year 2018: The Suffolks
Event of the Year 2018: Giffords Circus
Social Media Influencer of the Year 2018: Honeybourne Line
Speaking about the awards, SoGlos’s group publisher, James Fyrne said: ‘The level of interest, support and excitement around our first ever awards has been phenomenal. The list of finalists represented the best of the best in Gloucestershire, and the winners should all be very proud in coming top of their categories, as chosen by SoGlos readers.
‘The award event was culmination of an integral new dimension of SoGlos as Gloucestershire’s leading lifestyle media, and an exciting new addition to the county’s business calendar.
Tonight wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our award category sponsors, so thank you to 16i, Simpsons Fish & Chips, Oasis Events, Café Rene, Thomson & Bancks Solicitors, Gaudio Awards, NFU Mutual, the Pyromaniac Chef, British Polo Gin, Move Sales & Lettings, Cotswold Home Cinema, One Grove, Montpellier Lodge, The Royal Oak Tetbury, Aztec Hotel & Spa, The Isbourne and Blackfriars Priory.’
‘And thanks also to our fabulous event partners, Blackfriars, Oasis Events, magician and pickpocket Richard Parsons, Simpsons Fish and Chips, Hillside Brewery and Emily’s Best Travelling Traditional Sweet Shop.’
In addition to category sponsorship, in 2019 there will also be unique opportunities for a headline sponsor, associate sponsor and event partners to benefit from the SGGLA success.
To be part of next year’s awards, contact SoGlos’s Group Publisher, James Fyrne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01242) 210330.
Visit soglos.com/awards for official photos and a video from the event, coming soon.
Wednesday 16 May 2018
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