The shortlist has been announced for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The news follows an awards process which started in April 2023, with nearly 500 entries submitted, a rigorous judging process and many winning in their county schemes in Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Bath and Somerset, and Dorset. The top performers have now been named for the regional final to be held in the Great Hall of Exeter University on March 14.

A number of Cornwall businesses are among the finalists, including Carbis Bay restaurant, the Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling, which has been shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year and also the Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award.

And three Cornish hotels are among four shortlisted for Small Hotel of the Year – The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Talland Bay Hotel and the Idle Rocks in St Mawes.

Other local businesses hoping to strike gold next month include Trevassack Holidays (Accessible & Inclusive Tourism), Kilminorth (Dog Friendly), Colwith Farm Distillery (Experience of the Year), Lydcott Glamping (Glamping), Padstow Holiday Village (Holiday Park), The Park Cornwall (Holiday Park), Lappa Valley (Large Visitor Attraction), The Peterville Inn (Pub of the Year), My Cottage in St Ives (Self Catering), Via Ferrata (Small Visitor Attraction), Lost Gardens of Heligan (Tourism Event) and Ben Patrick of Lappa Valley (Unsung Hero).

To view the full list of finalists and commended, click here.