THE GLITZ and glamour of the 1920s was the theme but the winners of the second Thames Valley Hospitality Awards were bang up-to-date.

Held on Sunday, April 28 at the De Vere Wokefield Estate in Mortimer, the awards saw Hilton Reading scoop Hotel of the Year and Orwells in Shiplake take the coveted Restaurant of the Year.

The awards were hosted by TV chef Daniel Galmiche and Royals legend Ady Williams and guests included Sir John Madejski.

For all the categories and every winner see below

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Independent Hotel of the Year went to the Miller of Mansfield in Goring, and Pub of the Year went for the second year running to The Newbury.

But the big winner on the night was The Great House Sonning who scooped six awards including winner of Warm Welcome and their car park attendant Garry Stevens being rewarded with Front-of-House Star.

The Special Recognition Award went to owner of seven McDonalds franchises in the area Richard Forte whose policy of helping older people back into work and sponsoring a teenager through university helped him come to the judges’ attention.

Achiever of the Year – a new award for someone who has overcome a physical or mental problem to shine – was won by David Berry who uses his personal struggle with mental health problems to advise the industry. Mr Berry of Ibis Hotels got a standing ovation. And tears were also shed when young Courtney Harris of the Miller of Mansfield won Apprentice of the Year.

Newbury Racecourse got silver in Wedding Venue of the Year which was won by Lillibrooke Manor in Maidenhead.

Entertainment was provided by Sam Rogers playing Sybil Fawlty and period singer Kitty Mazinsky performed two songs.

The awards are organised by Hilary Scott and Marc Allridge of Cherubs Floral Design and sponsors include ShowState, H&D Food Solutions, Berkshire Wedding Fairs and Matthew Clark.

The full list of winners is below.

Special Recognition Winner

Richard Forte

Warm Welcome

3 The Reception Team Hilton Hotel Reading

2 Carole Clements Crowne Plaza Reading

Winner The Great House Sonning

Apprentice of Year

Winner Courtney Harris, Miller of Mansfield

Best Breakfast

3 Root One Garden Centre

Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Wallingford

2 The Farm Café Wokingham

Winner Penta hotel Reading

Front-of-House Star

Highly commended

Elizabeth Hughes Hilton Reading

Tom Burns Wokefield Estate

Beata Horog Crowne Plaza Reading

3 Alex Darke Thames Lido

2 Imogen Parker Malmaison Reading

Winner Garry Stevens The Great House

Back-of-House Star

Highly commended Ellie Salmon Wokefield Estate

Jolita Pupkeviciute penta Reading

3 Karen Fletcher Wokingham Farm Café

2 Jolanta Kapron The Great House Sonning

Winner Tara Wells Wokefield Estate

Outside Caterer of the Year

Highly commended

Crumbs Reading

The Great Food Company Finchampstead

3 Nyama Catering Ipsden

2 Fosters Basingstoke

Winner Dublicious Bray

Achiever of the Year

Winner David Berry

Hotel Manager of Year

3 Nathan Walker-Unwin Hurley House

2 Vicky Punchaye The Roseate Reading

1 Gavin Webster Compleat Angler Marlow

Independent Hotel of Year

3 The Great House Sonning

2 Hurley House

1 Miller of Mansfield Goring

Chef of the Year

Winner Raj Maharjan, Cerise, The Roseate, Reading

Wedding Venue of the Year

Highly commended

The Great House / Hurley House

3 Wokefield Estate

2 Newbury Racecourse

Winner Lillibrooke Manor Maidenhead

Bar of Year

Highly commended

30-Something Wantage

Coppa Club Sonning

3 Botanist Marlow

2 Wheelwright’s Arms Hurst

Winner (for second year) The Newbury

Restaurant of Year

Highly commended Spice Merchant Henley

Henry & Joes Newbury

3 Thames Lido Reading

2 Cerise, The Roseate

Winner Orwells Shiplake

Hotel of Year

Highly commended Sir Christopher Wren Windsor

3 Wokefield Estate

2 Compleat Angler Marlow

Winner Hilton Reading