SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019 winners announced

After an exciting few months of shortlisting, campaigning and voting, the winners for the second annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards have been revealed, following a dazzling awards evening at Gloucester Cathedral.

Following an exciting nomination and shortlisting process at the start of 2019, SoGlos readers had their chance to vote for their favourite Gloucestershire lifestyle businesses, events and individuals in 22 categories as part of the second annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.

There were more than 30,000 votes cast by the closing date, and the winners were finally revealed at a thrilling event held at Gloucester Cathedral on the evening of Thursday 16 May 2019 – when 400 local business representatives came together for the fun-filled celebration.


The evening included a welcome drink from Neptune Rum, a scrumptious loaded hot dog from The Woozy Pig, a bubbling glass of fizz from The Cotswold Bar Company, a tasty organic cider from Dunkertons, and a fudging delicious brownie from Hetty’s Kitchen.

After lots of food, networking and anticipation from the nominees, the night concluded with a live reveal of the winners. So, without further ado…

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019 winners:

Cultural Venue of the Year 2019: Gloucester Cathedral
Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2019: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Independent School of the Year 2019: Dean Close School
Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2019: Everyman Theatre
Sporting Venue of the Year 2019: Gloucester Rugby
Live Music Venue of the Year 2019: Frog & Fiddle
Restaurant of the Year 2019*: KIBOUsushi
Takeaway of the year 2019: Fat Toni’s Pizzeria
Café of the Year 2019: The Find
Food/Drink Producer of the Year 2019: Cotswolds Distillery
Pub of the Year 2019: The Bottle of Sauce
Bar of the Year 2019: Stroud Brewery
Hotel of the Year 2019: Cowley Manor
Beauty Business of the Year 2019: Earl’s & Co
Health/Fitness Business of the Year 2019: Leisure at Cheltenham
Independent Shop of the Year 2019: Made in Stroud
Homes & Interiors business of the Year 2019: The Fairview Gardener
Shopping Destination of the Year 2019: Gloucester Quays
Event of the Year 2019: Cheltenham Literature Festival
Wedding Venue of the Year 2019: Ellenborough Park
Wedding Supplier of the Year 2019: The Vanilla Pod Bakery
Hero of the Year 2019: Bob Perkins

2019 highly commended businesses:

These businesses came in second as voted by SoGlos’s readers.

Cultural Venue of the Year 2019: Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2019: Cotswold Farm Park
Independent School of the Year 2019: Cheltenham College
Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2019: Gloucester Guildhall
Sporting Venue of the Year 2019: Cheltenham Racecourse
Live Music Venue of the Year 2019: Café Rene
Restaurant of the Year 2019*: The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie
Takeaway of the year 2019: Simpsons Fish and Chips
Café of the Year 2019: Smokey Joe’s Café Bar & Diner
Food/Drink Producer of the Year 2019: Hillside Brewery
Pub of the Year 2019: The Bell at Sapperton
Bar of the Year 2019: The Botanist
Hotel of the Year 2019: No. 131 The Promenade
Beauty Business of the Year 2019: Calcot Spa
Health/Fitness Business of the Year 2019: Cheltenham Pilates & Yoga
Independent Shop of the Year 2019: Favourite Beers
Homes & Interiors business of the Year 2019: Just Fabrics
Shopping Destination of the Year 2019: John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham
Event of the Year 2019: The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse
Wedding Venue of the Year 2019: Pittville Pump Room
Wedding Supplier of the Year 2019: Richard Parsons – Gloucestershire Magician
Hero of the Year 2019: Jamie McDonald

Speaking about the awards, SoGlos’s group publisher, James Fyrne said: ‘The level of interest, support and excitement around our awards has been phenomenal. The list of finalists represents 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 awards event was a fantastic addition to SoGlos’s event portfolio following on from the successes of 2018, and adds another dimension to SoGlos’s offering as Gloucestershire’s leading lifestyle media.

‘The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards have quickly become an exciting addition to the county’s business calendar, and is definitely one of the

Tonight wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our headline sponsor Neptune Rum, category sponsors 16i, Simpsons Fish & Chips, FRC Financial Planning, Citrus HR Consulting, KGR Wealth Management, Pinknoise Systems, Thomson & Bancks Solicitors, Gaudio Awards, NFU Mutual Moreton in Marsh and Cheltenham, Pyromaniac Chef, Guano Crazy Printing, Naylor Powell, Porsche Centre Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire College, The Royal Oak Tetbury, Inchcape Volkswagen, Cotswold Property Solutions, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, The Isbourne, High Flyer Club, Glorious Events, and The Cullimore Group.

‘And thanks also to our fabulous event partners, Gloucester Cathedral, Oasis Events, Dunkertons Organic Cider, The Woozy Pig, and The Cotswold Bar Company; along with our event associates Hetty’s Kitchen and Gloucestershire Magician – Richard Parsons.’

Be part of SGGLA 2020

Please get in touch to find out more about sponsorship, food partnership and drink partnership opportunities for SGGLA 2020, and the chance to associate your brand with Gloucestershire’s definitive lifestyle awards.

Contact SoGlos’s Group Publisher, James Fyrne at james@sopublishing.com or call (01242) 210330.

Visit soglos.com/awards for official photos and a video from the event, coming soon.

© SoGlos
Friday 17 May 2019

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