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Search on for Wokingham’s best hospitality staff

Search on for Wokingham’s best hospitality staff
Sir John Madejski and Ashraf Nahib of Reading Hilton Hotel launch the first Thames Valley Hospitality Awards Picture: Dijana Capan

NOMINATIONS are now open for the very first Thames Valley Hospitality Awards (TVHA).

Launched at the Reading Hilton Hotel on Monday and backed by The Wokingham Paper, the awards recognise the best of the region’s hospitality industry, from hotels and restaurants, to B&Bs and individual staff members.

Managers from hotels across the Thames Valley attended the launch, along with Sir John Madejski and Reading FC legend Ady Williams, who officially declared the nominations open.

Sponsors of the awards include national drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark, independent hospitality provider BaxterStorey , Cream Design, Cherubs Floral Design and Hilton Reading, but there are lots of more sponsorship opportunities on offer.

The award categories are:

  • Hotel of the Year
  • B&B/Guesthouse of the Year
  • Bar of the Year
  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Hotel Manager of the Year
  • Front-of-house Star
  • Back-of-house Star
  • Warm Welcome
  • Best Breakfast
  • Apprentice of the Year

Co-organiser Hilary Scott said: “With more than 30,000 people working in the hospitality sector in the Thames Valley which makes around 6% of jobs in the Thames Valley, we felt the time was right to honour those front and back of house in hotels, as well as pubs and restaurants.

“We are absolutely delighted to have two huge names in the hospitality sector on board – thank you Matthew Clark and BaxterStorey.

“And if anyone else would like to join them please let us know as we still have categories available.”

Public nominations for the inaugural awards close in January.

The judges will then put forward a shortlist of nominees who will be invited to the gala dinner awards on Sunday, February 11, whey they will be wined and dined by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche, and entertained by actor and comedian Sam Rogers.

For more information and to nominate, visit

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