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Happy families at The Old Inn

‘Hotel of the Year’, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, adds ‘Best Family Business’ to awards collection

Happy families at The Old Inn

The Rice family, Paul, Danny and Garvan join with their ‘Old Inn family’ to celebrate another award in their ‘stable’ of accolades

Happy families at The Old Inn

The Rice family, Paul, Danny and Garvan celebrate another award in their ‘stable’ of accolades

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic hotels, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, has added yet another award to its ‘stable’ of accolades.

The County Down establishment, which dates to the 1600s and once operated as a coach-house, has just scooped ‘Best Family Business’ at the Bangor Business Awards. The prestigious win, on Friday 13th of October, comes hot on the heels of being named AA Hotel of the Year 2017-2018, one of the hotel industry’s most sought-after titles.

Speaking after the win, Garvan Rice, Old Inn Director, said:

“We are delighted to receive this award for Best Family Business. For me, The Old Inn family comprises not just myself, my brother Paul and our father Danny, but our entire team of 74 colleagues, some of whom have been with us for over 22 years. This latest award, following on from being named AA Hotel of the Year in September, is a terrific indictment of all our efforts and a real testament to the commitment, co-operation and enthusiasm of every member of The Old Inn ‘family’ on behalf of our customers.”

Congratulating The Old Inn on its achievement, Bangor Business Award judges commented:

“This award-winning family business is passionate, friendly, helpful and focussed on delivering excellent customer experiences. The owners are family orientated, as well as being family, and have generations of experience which has helped the business to grow, prosper and diversify. The Old Inn is a great business to be part of for all staff and has real direction and a plan for the future.”

The Rice family acquired The Old Inn in 1982, when it was an ungraded, 16-room operation. Since then, the family has invested more than £10 million in restoring and maintaining its 17th century charm and character, whilst ensuring it meets the needs of 21st century patrons. Today, under the Rice stewardship, it is a 33-room, four silver star, multi-award-winning establishment and widely recognised as a jewel in Northern Ireland’s hospitality crown.

The Old Inn counts C.S Lewis among its many well-satisfied patrons. The world-famous writer honeymooned there in 1958 and said afterwards that it had been a “perfect fortnight.”

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