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Winners crowned for Red Funnel’s Isle of Wight Awards in colourful ceremony!

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Winners crowned for Red Funnel’s Isle of Wight Awards in colourful ceremony!

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Red Funnel CEO Fran Collins with Beth and Sarah Medley from Beachlands Collective


Last week Red Funnel’s annual Isle of Wight Awards were handed out at Northwood House in Cowes, at a celebration of businesses that make the Island a unique and incredible destination for tourists and Islanders.

Almost 60,000 votes were cast by members of the Island community, selecting their top three businesses for 20 different awards across four categories – accommodation, food and drink, things to do and ‘other’.

Overall, 60 gold, silver and bronze awards were issued, shining a spotlight on well-established tourism businesses as well as on a record-breaking 21 newcomers, who all picked up their first accolade in 2023.

349 businesses from all over the Isle of Wight were nominated this year, underscoring the tremendous variety of places to eat, stay and spend a great day out on the Island.


Walk the Wight, Grace’s Bakery, Sentry Mead, and Fins Beach Café are three brand new gold winners for 2023, taking home awards in the Best Event, Best Local Produce, Best B&B and Best Café categories respectively. Repeat winners include The Blacksmiths winning Best Pub, Corries Cabin taking home the prize for Best Fish & Chips and Monkey Haven, retaining their title for Best Small Attraction.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, presenting the awards said: “I want to say a huge congratulations to all of the award winners and applaud their success and well-deserved prize. I also want to thank everyone and every business that was nominated for making the Island a destination that continues to deliver outstanding memories and experiences. Finally, I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote. It was a pleasure to meet so many business owners and I’m already looking forward to the 2024 awards.”

Taking home the Gold award for Best Self-Catering from a trio of three Awards newcomers, Beth and Sarah Medley, Owners of Beachlands Collective said: “We are incredibly honoured to have won a gold award this year and wish to thank Red Funnel and everybody who voted for making this possible. We have loved hosting people from locals to tourists over the last year and can’t wait to continue offering a great experience.” The Haviland Cottage took Silver, while Beryl Farm Cottages took Bronze.


The full list of this year’s winners can be found here.

2023 Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards Winners List:
Best B&B / Guest House

Gold – Sentry Mead

Silver – The Chequers Inn

Bronze – St Leonards Guest House


Best Burger

Gold – The Cow

Silver – The Blacksmiths

Bronze – Harbour Kitchen

Best Activity Provider

Gold – Island Gems Fossil Trips

Silver – Tackt-Isle Adventures

Bronze – Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre

Best Green Business

Gold – Tapnell Farm

Silver – Monkey Haven

Bronze – Roake Studio

Best Campsite

Gold – The Orchards Holiday Park

Silver – Waverley Park Holiday Centre

Bronze – Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park


Best Café or Tearoom

Gold – Fins Beach Cafe

Silver – Blueberrys Café

Bronze – Dimbola Tea Room & Coffee House

Best Island Event

Gold – Walk the Wight

Silver – The Isle of Wight Festival

Bronze – The Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Best Newcomer

Gold – Definitely Cheesecakes
Silver – Hayden’s Chip Shop
Bronze – Isle Love Sweets


Best Holiday Park

Gold – Waverley Park Holiday Centre

Silver – The Orchards Holiday Park

Bronze – Nodes Point Holiday Park

Best Fish & Chips

Gold – Corries Cabin

Silver – The Waterfront Bar & Restaurant

Bronze – Hayden’s Chip Shop

Best Large Attraction

Gold – Tapnell Farm

Silver – The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Bronze – Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Best Place for Dogs

Gold – Luccombe Manor Hotel

Silver – Off the Rails Bronze – Snacks & Ladders Board Game Café

Best Hotel Experience

Gold – Luccombe Hall Hotel

Silver – The Royal

Bronze – The Seaview Hotel

Best Local Produce

Gold – Grace’s Bakery

Silver – The Isle of Wight Distillery

Bronze – Briddlesford Farm

Best Small Attraction

Gold – Monkey Haven

Silver – The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum

Bronze – The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience


Best Place to go Glamping

Gold – Tom’s Eco Lodge

Silver – Glamping the Wight Way

Bronze – The Garlic Farm Yurts


Best Pub

Gold – The Blacksmiths

Silver – The Old Fort, Seaview

Bronze – The Caulkheads

Best Shop/ Retail

Gold – The Garlic Farm Shop

Silver – Jurassic Jim

Bronze – Isle Love Sweets

Best Self-Catering

Gold – Beachlands Collective

Silver – Haviland Cottage

Bronze – Beryl Farm Cottages

Best Restaurant

Gold – The Yarbridge Inn

Silver – Smoking Lobster

Bronze – True Food Kitchen

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