The Grand, York Wins Two Awards at the Visit York Tourism Awards


The Grand, York, owned by Splendid Hospitality Group, is delighted to announce that it has won two

coveted awards at The Visit York Tourism Awards 2024, firstly Large Hotel of the Year and secondly

the Taste of England award for its fine-dining restaurant, Legacy. The Visit York Tourism Awards

acknowledge and celebrate the best of York’s restaurants, attractions, hotels and other local

hospitality, tourism and culture businesses. The Grand has become famous in the north for its warm

welcome, outstanding service and commitment to providing inclusive luxury for every guest, from

the moment they arrive. This is evident not only from The Grand’s guest reviews but also from the

judges’ comments that the hotel has ‘exceptionally high standards of luxurious rooms, dining and

services, creating memorable and enjoyable moments for guests.’

The Autumn of 2022 saw new fine-dining restaurant, Legacy open its doors within the Grade II listed

building and welcome its first guests. The restaurant has a focus on locality, sustainability and

seasonality with Yorkshire produce at its forefront. Executive Head Chef Kevin Bonello and Head

Chef Ahmed Abdalla work together to create innovative dishes that showcase the very best of

Yorkshire, working in tandem with sommelier Derek Scaife the restaurant has reached new heights

having been awarded three AA Rosettes and being included in the Michelin Guide. Judges for the

Visit York Tourism Awards stated that ‘the customer care was consistently outstanding. The team

were very well presented, and all had excellent knowledge of the food and drink, the restaurant is

pristine and overall sets a very high standard.’

Simon Mahon, General Manager at The Grand, York, comments: “Here at The Grand, we often talk

about the importance of delivering true Yorkshire hospitality and this is something that we come

back to in every area of the business. From using fine Yorkshire produce in Legacy and The Rise to

greeting guests with that much-loved Yorkshire welcome and working with other Yorkshire

businesses to elevate the guest experience. It is fantastic to be recognised for this and our

commitment to excellence within the industry. Winning an award is always a career highlight for me,

but for our dedication to our guests to be recognised with two awards, which are judged by

influential people in our very own city, is something truly special.”

The two wins come after a sequence of award wins and accolades throughout the last year. These

include Concierge of the Year for Jordi Vaca, The Grand’s Head Concierge, Large Hotel of the Year at

The Yorkshire Post Awards, Chef of the Year for Legacy’s Head Chef, Ahmed Abdalla, at Be Inclusive

awards, being named as one of The Time’s 100 Best Places to Stay, and of course Legacy being

awarded three AA Rosettes within the first eighteen months of opening.

The Visit York Tourism Awards took place on the 14th of March at York Racecourse, where all

nominees enjoyed an evening of celebrating the city of York as a tourist destination.


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