There’s a really significant event taking place next weekend which I’m very proud to be part of. Owners and representatives of some of Europe’s most stunning historic hotels are going to receive a compelling taste of traditional British hospitality when they visit Yorkshire for a meeting of the Historic Hotels of Europe. The event is hosted by The Great Inns of Britain
. With a membership of 22 leading independently owned historic British inns in the UK alone, more than 40 participants from 20 countries are expected to attend. The Great Inns of Britain
has been a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of Europe
since 2010 and, during the event, HHE delegates will enjoy visits to three North Yorkshire Great Inns; The Boar’s Head (Ripley), The Yorke Arms (Ramsgill in Nidderdale) and The Blue Lion (East Witton).
One genuine, and totally British and quirky highlight: on Sunday 29 April, the HHE
hoteliers will be the guests of Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby at The Boar’s Head where, following the daytime meeting, they will enjoy drinks, dinner and entertainment from skiffle band The Yorkshire Teabags at Ripley Castle, which has been home to Sir Thomas’ family for over 700 years.
The following day, the hoteliers will be treated to a tour of North Yorkshire, taking in the splendour of World Heritage site Fountain’s Abbey, sampling the local brew at Theakston’s Brewery
in Masham and enjoying afternoon tea at The Blue Lion Inn in the heart of Wensleydale. The guests will then journey through the Yorkshire Dales to The Yorke Arms, where they will be served a celebratory dinner created by Chef Patron Frances Atkins - long-standing holder of a Michelin star and one of the UK’s leading, and most exciting, female chefs.
This is a forum in which to exchange ideas, promote partnership and pool expertise, but most of all, it’s an opportunity, as I write this on St George’s Day, to delight in the best of British whilst also, as the British always have, savouring the best that the rest of the world has to offer.