About the award
Introduced in 2010, this award recognises a clear commitment to sustainability, demonstrated through good practice and policy to make a positive contribution to reducing impact on the environment.
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials. Battlesteads has 22 en-suite bedrooms including five sustainable, luxury eco-lodges. Collectively they offer three ground floor rooms with disabled access.
Richard and Dee Slade took on Battlesteads hotel, pub and restaurant in October 2005, and in the years since have transformed the hotel into the successful, eco-friendly business is it today. Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, the stone-built pub, hotel and restaurant features a cosy open fire, sunny walled beer garden and conservatory. The food is prepared using only fresh, local produce, much of it grown on site and the bar offers a great choice of award-winning and biodynamic wines plus four cask ales, including two from local microbreweries.
They pride themselves in providing the greenest possible environment. The garden and polytunnels are used to produce fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs all year round.
Low energy lighting simulates sunlight in the polytunnels in winter and is used across the hotel to reduce energy consumption. An electric car charging point is available. There is a sustainable wine list featuring over 20 specialist wines, including natural, biodynamic and organic varieties.
In addition to producing green energy which produces enough to heat and supply hot water for the hotel and polytunnels they generate solar energy on site, 50% of which is used by Battlesteads and 50% which is sold to Ecotricity.
Guests are encouraged to be environmentally aware during their stay. The responsible visitor charter prompts turning off the lights, closing windows when the heating is on, thinking about water usage and recycling.
Richard & Dee’s goal has always been to provide their guests with a total experience of sustainable tourism without sacrificing luxury, comfort or good food.
Previous winners2015 – The Savoy
2014 – Waterton Park Hotel
2013 – Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford
2012 – Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford
2011 – Lancaster London
2010 – The Scarlet