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News Release - Issued by the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa nominated for prestigious national award

York’s 5-star Hotel shortlisted for AA Spirit Award

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, York’s only 5-star hotel, has been nominated for the inaugural AA Spirit Award in the AA Hospitality Awards 2014-2015. The award, sponsored by The Balvenie, will be presented at a ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 22nd November 2014.

The AA Awards are acknowledged as being amongst the most prestigious national awards of their kind, drawing on knowledge and expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry professionals involved in the judging process. Winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their award category, having proved their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing their guest experience.

New for 2014, the AA Spirit Award has been introduced to recognise the professional promotion, education and service of spirits in the hospitality industry. Competing for the title with The Grand are Glasgow’s Blythswood Square and The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.

Maria Florou, General Manager of The Grand said:
‘Being shortlisted for the AA Spirit Award is fantastic recognition for the work of the bar team. They are all focused on providing our customers with the finest selection of drinks, offering advice on new flavour combinations or alternative selections, and ensuring that the guest experience is second-to-none. A lot of their hard-work is unseen so I am delighted that it is being acknowledged through this nomination.’

Jonathan Cornthwaite, Senior Brand Manager, The Balvenie, said:
‘There is an incredible array of dedicated operators and individuals in the hospitality industry and it is a fantastic honour to be able to help recognise the teams that make enjoying great drinks a special experience for millions of people. We wish all of the shortlisted finalists the best of luck and look forward to recognising one specific venue on awards night.’

The Grand is the only hotel from North Yorkshire to be represented at this year’s ceremony.

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Address: Station Rise, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6GD
Telephone: 01904 380038