WINNERS OF THE 2022 RED FUNNEL ISLE OF WIGHT AWARDS REVEALED AT SPECIAL CEREMONY

The results of this year’s much anticipated Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards have been revealed at last night’s (Thursday 10 November) ceremony, which took place at Northwood House, Cowes.

The coveted annual awards recognised a wide variety of businesses, from those who have been part of the fabric of the Island for decades, through to newcomers bringing fresh talent to the scene. The awards highlighted shining stars within the community with a total of 60 awards handed out across 20 categories, divided into via four main groups (Accommodation, Food and Drink, Things to Do and Other).

Engagement with this year’s awards hit a record high. With over 200 businesses nominated and a total of 65,000 votes, the outcome underscored the resilience and determination of Island businesses, particularly following labour challenges within hospitality and tourism.

The Orchards Holiday Park, Briddlesford Farm, Harbour Kitchen, Smoking Lobster and Monkey Haven were among the Gold winners for the night, while the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary notably walked away as the only double-Gold award winner for the night, taking home top prizes for Best Large Attraction and Best Place for Dogs.

Discussing last night’s celebrations, Fran Collins, Chief Executive at Red Funnel, said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate with so many hardworking and unique local Island businesses who are delivering outstanding and memorable experiences that keep visitors coming back to the Island. I would like to congratulate all those who took part in the awards this year and I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Commenting on their double win, Derek Needham, Charity Manager at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, said: “It was a complete shock to be taking home two awards tonight especially a gold for Best Large Attraction – which we are incredibly proud of.

“It is a testament to the hard work of all of our staff, despite the difficult climate we find ourselves in. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary the best large attraction on the Island.”

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

2022 Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards Winners List:

Accommodation  Food & DrinkThings To DoOther
Best B&B / Guest House Gold – Grange Bank House Silver – St Leonards Guesthouse Bronze – The Chequers Inn  Best Burger Gold – Harbour Kitchen Silver – The Cow Bronze – The BlacksmithsBest Activity Provider Gold – Island Gems Fossil Trips Silver – Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre Bronze – John Cattle’s Skate ClubBest Green Business Gold – Monkey Haven  Silver – Tapnell Farm Bronze – Peach Vegan Kitchen & Zero Waste Store
Best Campsite Gold – The Orchards Holiday Park Silver – Grange Farm Bronze – Appuldurcombe Gardens  Best Café or Tearoom Gold – Blueberry’s Café Silver – Grazers Café at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Bronze – Comicoffee UKBest Island Event Gold – Isle of Wight Festival Silver – Walk the Wight Bronze – Rhythmtree FestivalBest Newcomer Gold – Funky Pineapple Events
Silver – BAKED by JEN
Bronze – Sweet Charlies  
Best Holiday Park Gold – Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park Silver – The Orchards Holiday Park Bronze – Cheverton Copse Holiday Park  Best Fish & Chips Gold – Corries Cabin Silver – The Waterfront Bar & Restaurant Bronze – The Spyglass InnBest Large Attraction Gold – Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Silver – Wildheart Animal Sanctuary Bronze – Isle of Wight Steam RailwayBest Place for Dogs Gold – Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Silver – Snacks & Ladders Board Game Café Bronze – Fort Victoria Country Park
Best Hotel Experience Gold – Luccombe Hall Hotel Silver –The Royal Hotel Bronze – Albert Cottage HotelBest Local Produce Gold – Briddlesford Farm Silver – Isle of Wight Distillery Bronze – The Tomato StallBest Small Attraction Gold – Monkey Haven Silver – Ventnor Botanic Gardens Bronze –Snacks & Ladders Board Game Café   
Best Place to go Glamping Gold – Tom’s Eco Lodge Silver – Garlic Farm Yurts Bronze – Glamping the Wight Way  Best Pub Gold – The Spyglass Inn Silver – The Blacksmiths Bronze – The Fighting CocksBest Shop/ Retail Gold – Jurassic Jim  Silver – The Garlic Farm Shop Bronze – Oasis 
Best Self-Catering Gold –Tapnell Manor & Farm Cottages Silver – The Orchards Holiday Park Bronze – The Lakes Rookley Best Restaurant Gold – Smoking Lobster Silver – The Garlic Farm Restaurant Bronze – The Fighting Cocks