Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards 2021 – the results!

The results of this year’s much anticipated Isle of Wight Awards have been revealed at last night’s (Thursday 11 November) ceremony, which took place at Albert Cottage in East Cowes. The evening, also themed around Red Funnel’s 160th anniversary celebrated the rich diversity of local businesses across the Island and saw many representatives receive awards to celebrate their hard work and achievements during the pandemic.

This year’s nominations surpassed the Isle of Wight Award’s maiden year, which is testament to the resilience and determination of businesses across the Island – especially given the turbulence experienced by many in tourism throughout the pandemic.

Discussing last night’s celebrations, Fran Collins, Chief Executive at Red Funnel, said: “Over the last 20 months businesses across the Island have experienced high levels of disruption, so it was very special to be together and mark the perseverance, optimism and dedication of our fantastic Island businesses.

 “From producers and distillers to hoteliers and holiday parks, the Red Funnel team and I were honoured to be in the company of so many amazing entrepreneurs that capture the unique essence of the Isle of Wight. All of the finalists and winners are hugely deserving, and we hope they had a great night celebrating with us!”

Celebrating all that is special and unique about the Island, the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards recognise the many diverse and wonderful places to go, stay and eat across the Island. The awards highlight shining stars within the community via 19 categories, each recognising the top three nominees with Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.

This year’s awards secured over 47,000 votes across all categories, with The Blacksmiths winning Best pub, taking a bronze award home for Best Burger and Best Restaurant.

Commenting on their triad of wins, Rachel Burrows, owner of The Blacksmiths, said: “It was a complete shock to be taking home three awards tonight especially a gold for Best Pub – which will now be sitting very proudly behind our bar.

“Our team like many others have experienced high levels of disruption as a result of the pandemic, so it is wonderful to be here tonight in person and being recognised and supported by Red Funnel, for all the hard work our team have done.”

A full list of this year’s winners can be found at https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/awards

Applications have also officially open for the 2022 awards, and business can apply at the same URL above.

2021 Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards Winners List:

Accommodation  Food & DrinkThings To DoOther
Best B&B / Guest House Gold – Keats Cottage Silver – Holly Tree House Bed & Breakfast Bronze – The Boathouse  Best Burger Gold – The Cow Silver – Harbour Kitchen Bronze – The BlacksmithsBest Activity Provider Gold – John Cattles Skate Club Silver – Haven Falconry Bronze – Island Gem’s Fossil HuntsBest Green Business Gold – Peach Vegan Kitchen & Zero Waste Store Silver – Tapnell Farm Bronze – Monkey Haven 
Best Campsite Gold – Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park Silver – Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park Bronze – Camp Wight  Best Café or Tearoom Gold – Comicoffee UK Silver – Off the Rails Bronze – Bluebells at BriddelsfordBest Island Event Gold – Isle of Wight Festival Silver – Mountbatten Walk the Wight Bronze – Ventnor FringeBest Place for Dogs Gold – Off The Rails Silver – Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Bronze – Fort Victoria Country Park
Best Holiday Park Gold – Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park Silver – Waverley Park Holiday Centre Bronze – The Orchards Holiday Park  Best Fish & Chips Gold – Corries Cabin Silver – Brothers of Brading Bronze – The SpyglassBest Large Attraction Gold – Isle of Wight Steam Railway Silver – Blackgang Chine Bronze – English Heritage – Osborne
Best Hotel Experience Gold – The Royal Silver – Luccombe Hall Hotel Bronze – Lakeside Park Hotel & SpaBest Local Produce Gold – Briddlesford Farm Silver – Isle of Wight Distillery Bronze – The Tomato StallBest Small Attraction Gold – Monkey Haven Silver – Snacks & Ladders Board Game Café Bronze – Ventnor Botanic Gardens   
Best Place to go Glamping Gold – Sibbecks Farm Glamping Silver – Garlic Farm Yurts Bronze – Tom’s Eco Lodge  Best Pub Gold – The Blacksmiths Silver – The Spyglass Inn Bronze – The Dairyman’s DaughterBest Shop/ Retail Gold – The Garlic Farm Shop Silver – Jurassic Jim Bronze – Oasis 
Best Self-Catering Gold – The Lakes Rookley Silver – Pinkmead Estate Bronze – Tapnell Manor & Farm CottagesBest Restaurant Gold – Smoking Lobster Silver – The Garlic Farm Restaurant Bronze – The Blacksmiths