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Booker delight for hotel owners.

A tees valley firm has added another national title to a long list of awards.

David and Heather Armstrong, who run the 13-bedroom Clow Beck House hotel at Croft, near Darlington, have beaten more than 600 entries to the best small hotel/guest house award of the Booker Prize for Excellence.

They won pounds 500 in Booker Cash and Carry vouchers plus a five-day study tour of Athens, where they will look at retail and catering businesses.

Heather said: "We are absolutely over the moon, delighted. It is a major triumph to beat so many companies throughout the UK.

"We couldn't have done it without the staff."

The Armstrongs will know in October whether they have retained the White Rose Award in the local food and drink in tourism section of the Yorkshire Tourist Board awards.

They won it last year and this year face stiff competition from Tickton Grange Hotel and Restaurant, near Beverley, Hazelwood Castle, Tadcaster, and The Restaurant at The Dean Court, York. They are also shortlisted in the Guest Accommodation of the Year award.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2004
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