A brand new award for 2016 this is designed to celebrate the very best breakfasts being served up to guests during their stay. This could be a traditional fry-up done brilliantly, or something more unique and quirky. This award is based on the quality of a particular signature breakfast, the sourcing of the ingredients and the sheer range of choices available, but ultimately the taste is key in deciding the winner.  

This award was judged and presented by food critic and judge of The Great British Menu on the BBC, Pru Leith. 

The winner: 

Amber House

Amber House in Alrewas, Staffordshire. And you can see what Jill and John from Amber House had to say about their award winning breakfast below:

The traditional breakfast provides a feast of locally sourced products simmered in their own juices wherever possible. Meat is from our village butcher [est 1867] with their sausage recipe from local Packington pork. Eggs from my own chickens with home made bread and preserves is complimented by fruit in season.

Seasonal fruit is always a highlight and I would like to showcase my locally sourced rhubarb simmered in freshly squeezed juice of orange, local honey and the grated root of ginger; served warm with low fat yoghurt. Lastly and by no means least of all I would like to draw to your attention to any dish cooked with the eggs from my hens. Having used them fresh it would be impossible to purchase from a supermarket again. Their vibrancy of colour gives them away at the outset and the taste is the definitive answer. This humble egg may be poached, boiled scrambled, sautéed in oilseed rape oil or prepared as an omelette. It packs a powerful punch in its simplicity and dynamism. You will have to come and see for yourself!

The shortlist: 

Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist in this hotly contested category:

  1. The Norfolk Mead Hotel in Norfolk
  2. Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset
  3. Cherry Tree House in Lancashire
  4. All Seasons Filey in Yorkshire
  5. The Kimmel Arms in Conwy
  6. Ambassador Townhouse in Merseyside
  7. The Imperial in Plymouth
  8. Amber House in Staffordshire
  9. Bloodstock Barn in Suffolk
  10. Bassets House in East Sussex