8 February 2019

Islands Top Tourism Businesses Celebrated at Eco Festival Themed Awards

On the 31st January the Island’s top tourism businesses celebrated at the annual Red Funnel myIsleofWight Awards - the Island’s only visitor-voted tourism Awards

The event was held at The Cow at Tapnell Farm and saw the top three nominees from all 24 categories, split over three main categories - ‘Things to Do’; ‘Eat & Drink’; ‘Places to Stay’ - invited to a Festival-themed evening with a green message behind it.

With votes cast throughout 2018 by happy customers and visitors to the Island, over 100 nominees attended to find out who had scooped the prestigious top spot.

This year saw some new businesses nominated, including four who made it into the top three of their category: The Borneo Pantry, Holly Tree House,  Glory Art Glass (who make the handmade glass awards) and Freshwater Coffee House, who beat off stiff competition to win Best Cuppa and Slice of Something Nice.

New wins this year also included The Cow scooping The Ultimate Burger title and Nettlecombe Farm winning two awards Best Place for a Shindig and Cosiest Hideaway.

The Garlic Farm won three awards: Best Pit Stop Whilst Out Adventuring, Best Gastronomic Experience and myIsleofWight Local Produce Champion.

my IsleofWight Editor Alix Robinson said: “Each year the awards event follows a theme that celebrates our unique Island. This year the Awards echoed the Island’s rich and vibrant connection to all things festival. Even the location of the Awards event at Tapnell had a unique connection to this heritage, overlooking the site of the original Isle of Wight Festival.

“The Island is truly the birthplace of the British festival, from the first ever Isle of Wight festival in 1968, through to the 1969 & 1970 events – the latter being the biggest festival ever held in the UK - which paved the way for the creation and birth of other iconic UK festivals such as Glastonbury.

“This affinity continues to this day with a myriad of events and festivals taking place on the Island, and new ones being added to the line-up every year.”

In line with  Red Funnel’s new “Red Goes Green” environmental strategy, the event also had an eco-message. Ever-conscious of the Island’s beautiful environment, the event encouraged people to have an eco-friendly festival experience. With top tips on the tables as well as myIsleofWight stainless water bottles for guests to take away and reuse all summer at their favourite events, the event helped to show nominees how to be green without breaking the bank or expending too much effort.

Fran Collins CEO Red Funnel said: “Now in its eight year, the Red Funnel myIsleofWight Awards are a great opportunity to showcase some of the Island’s best tourism businesses, whose innovation and exceptional standards have made a lasting impression on visitors.

“The event was a huge success and the theme this year reflected Red Funnel’s continued commitment in supporting the Island’s thriving event and festival scene, whilst simultaneously echoing our Red Goes Green environmental and sustainability strategy. My congratulations to all the deserving winners and well done to all the nominees. What an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate the best of the Island.”

Voting will open for the 2019 myIsleofWight Awards on 1st March at

2018 Winners

Do: Best Place for Family Fun

Winner: Blackgang Chine

Stay: The Ultimate Hotel Experience

Winner: The Royal Hotel

Eat: Best Cuppa & Slice of Something Nice

Winner: Freshwater Coffee House

Do: Best Event to Lie Back & Soak Up the Sounds

Winner: Isle of Wight Festival

Stay: Best Place to Go Glamping

Winner: Tom’s Eco Lodges

Eat: Best Eatery With a Sea View

Winner: Three Buoys

Do: Best Shop to Pick Up that Something Special

Winner: Oasis

Stay: Most Luxurious B&B

Winner: The Little Gloster

Eat: The Ultimate Burger

Winner: The Cow

Do: Best Place to make a Furry Friend

Winner: Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Stay: Best Boutique Retreat

Winner: The Lighthouse Steephill Cove

Eat: Best Fish & Chips in Your Hand

Winner: Corries Cabin

Do: Best Land-Based Activity Provider

Winner: Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Stay: Best Place to Hook Up (Caravanning & Touring)

Winner: Whitecliff Bay

Eat: Best Pit Stop Whilst Out Adventuring

Winner: The Garlic Farm Café

Do: Best Way to Explore Outdoors

Winner: Walk the Wight

Stay: Best Place for a Shin Dig

Winner: Nettlecombe Farm

Eat: Best Gastronomic Experience

Winner: The Garlic Farm Café

Do: Best Water-Based Activity Provider

Winner: UKSA

Stay: Best Rustic Camping Experience

Winner: Compton Farm

Eat: Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale

Winner: The Spyglass Inn

Do: Best Place for Arts, Heritage & Culture

Winner: Osborne House

Stay: Cosiest Hideaway

Winner: Nettlecombe Farm

Eat: My Isle of Wight Local Produce Champion

Winner: The Garlic Farm

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Red Funnel was formed in 1861 and is a modern and highly successful transport company based in the UK City of Southampton. Group activities include cross-Solent ferries, UK holidays, distribution and freight services.