A RESTAURANT is entering the festive period with an extra thing to celebrate after adding another award to its portfolio.
Becketts in Southsea was awarded the Hospitality Experience of the Year Award for the Hampshire region by LUXlife Magazine in its fifth annual Hospitality Awards.
Winners were chosen by an unbiased independent panel and the bar, restaurant and hotel was judged anonymously by a member of the panel who paid a visit after being impressed with its social media and online presence.
It was one of around 600 entries to be nominated within the awards and was awarded with a trophy to celebrate the win.
Becketts has demonstrated resilience and dedication throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, having been shut completely during both lockdowns.
General manager Terence Carvalho said: ‘It’s been a bit of a rubbish year for the whole industry but to be able to come out of it stronger and even win an award is amazing for the whole team, especially with a lot of uncertainty around the industry, it’s given us a real motivation to keep working so hard.
‘A lot of places have sadly really struggled throughout this pandemic, but we’re staying positive about reopening and have a fully-booked opening weekend. We’re so pleased to be opening our doors again.’
The Hospitality Awards were borne out of the magazine’s acknowledgement that many hospitality businesses were not being sufficiently recognised and rewarded.
They are designed to reward and recognise the firms – and the individuals behind them – that have worked tirelessly over the last year to achieve industry-leading success, client satisfaction and market growth.
LUXlife coordinator, Steve Simpson, said: ‘This year’s celebration of the Hospitality Awards is truly special, and I am immensely proud of the hard work all of our winners have put into their businesses and driving themselves to win one of these coveted awards. Congratulations to all of my winners, I hope your future endeavours are equally successful.’
The Southsea team is planning events into the new year, including a socially-distanced New Year’s Eve event with tickets for £20 including a glass of fizz.
Terence said: ‘We’re hoping for a Christmas period as normal as possible, giving people a place to come and enjoy themselves and celebrate, while keeping everyone safe.’