The Countess of York, a beautifully restored 1956 Pullman-style carriage converted into an Edwardian style dining car, is a joint venture between the Science Museum Group and Levy Restaurants, the National Railway Museum’s catering partner.
Since opening in 2015 it has consistently impressed visitors with its exceptional afternoon tea as well as private events and wedding receptions.
Working collaboratively with industry, VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best in English tourism with winners set to be revealed at the awards ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf, London.
The Countess of York represents one of three finalists in the Afternoon Tea of the Year category.
Michelle Lockhart, Commercial Director, Science Museum Group, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the Countess of York has been recognised for its outstanding quality and service. Across the Science Museum Group we pride ourselves on the high standard of our catering offer, in particular the focus on local and sustainable produce, and we are grateful that the work of our catering partners is helping us to make this possible.”
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “The Awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions.”
“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England. We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck.”