Named among the 75 best companies to work for in the south west of England in 2020, the Stay Original Company owns and operates a portfolio of boutique hotels and inns across what is historically one of the UK's foremost tourism hotspots.
After acquiring and renovating its first site in Wedmore, Somerset, in 2011, the Stay Original Company has since added sites in Somerton, Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, Shaftesbury and Dorchester – both Dorset.
The Stay Original Company celebrated a double win, taking the title of Best Accommodation Operation alongside its gastronomic gong.
Two major awards for our pubs this evening at the industry oscars! We won Best Accommodation and Best Premium Food categories - #PublicanAwards. Thank you @morningad. And thank you to our teams and our customers! Good times ahead... pic.twitter.com/dR3xyTwzwX— The Stay Original Company (@Stayoriginalco) March 30, 2021
Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said: “This year’s event has certainly been different, going from a gathering of 1,500 in Battersea to an online ceremony in the virtual world, but the ethos remains the same – celebrating excellence and there’s plenty to celebrate.
“Many companies, having faced the challenges and disasters of 2020 could be forgiven for pulling down the shutters and sitting the crisis out. Our finalists tonight, and many others in the sector, did the exact opposite of that, rose to the challenge and did some amazing things.
“We wanted to continue with the awards this year to recognise those businesses that made sacrifices and strove to not just keep going, but to improve and thrive in the teeth of a brutal storm.
“Here’s to next year when companies can get back to doing what they do best, providing outstanding hospitality experiences for their guests.”
- Check out the full list of winners from the 2021 Publican Awards here