Hampshire winners announced at the 2020 SOStar Awards

Southampton’s finest tourism individuals, attractions and related businesses celebrated their achievements at the 2020 SO Star Awards, a dinner and award presentation which took place at the Grand Café.


In unprecedented times these winners represent true beacons throughout their industry, all that is best in a sector which has been hit with more challenges than most by the Covid pandemic.


Postponed from spring due to lockdown, the SO Star Awards, delivered in association with A-One Insurance Group, Ange’s Brows, DA Training Consulting, Compass Spirits, Double Dutch, Elis, Enotria Wines, Estrella DAM, Harvest Foods, Meridian Lifts, Signable and Wave 105 were staged successfully by adhering to government guidance and regulations and in association with the Southampton City Council environmental health team.


The evening genuinely retained the kudos and glamour of past gala ceremonies and attracted hundreds of entrants from throughout the SO postcode area.


Jackie Phillipson, co-founder the SO and BHStar Awards, paid tribute to the sponsors who made the event possible as well as the participants who took part.


She said:

The hospitality and leisure sector has been affected to a massive degree during the past few months, yet despite that new independent venues launched, businesses diversified, pivoted or invested in additional screening and outdoor equipment as required. They have never given up, rather, they made every effort to combat hardship, welcome visitors and locals alike and provide a wonderful customer experience in changed circumstances.

People supported much-loved favourite venues, attractions and businesses, beginning with Eat Out to Help Out, then, as restrictions eased, going out more frequently with family and friends, whether for exercise, entertainment or mental wellbeing. They tried new places, explored, learned about this city and its wider environs, and provided much needed revenue to keep doors open and valued staff in their jobs.

The commitment of these winners – and all who entered – shows that they take immense pride in offering the best of the Southampton region. They all exude that star quality which we have come to recognise during the past few years since we launched the SO Star Awards.


A socially distanced dinner, with groups of six at each table, the event concluded by 10pm. Drinks and food were served to each table and guests registered details for track and trace. MC Mark Rush Palmer went through relevant health and safety information, including how each of the category winners would be announced and presented with their awards.


The 2020 SOStar Winners are:


GOLD Rebekah Wolfe

SILVER Ellen Smith

BRONZE Joe Gibson

Attraction of the Year

GOLD Steamship Sheildhall

SILVER Mighty Adventures Southampton

BRONZE Southampton Ghost Tours

Business Tourism Venue

GOLD Solent Conference Center

SILVER New Place Hotel

Cafe/Tearoom of the Year

GOLD The Lovely Little Cafe

SILVER Teacups and Tutus

SILVER Mrs Potts by the Riverside

BRONZE The Braishfield Pantry

Chef of the Year

GOLD Andrew Taylor Rose – Delicious Dining Group

SILVER Neil Arkley – The Jetty, Ocean Village

BRONZE Sara Plutino – Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Education & Mentoring Award

GOLD New Forest Activities

SILVER See Southampton

BRONZE Aspire4Business

Environment & Sustainability Award

GOLD Café Thrive Southampton


BRONZE SO51Fitness

Event / Festival of the Year

GOLD The London Hotel

SILVER Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

BRONZE Bevois Mount History

BRONZE See Southampton

Mix Master sponsored by Meridian Lifts

GOLD Harley Kelly

SILVER Dan Hanson

BRONZE Adam Clarke

BRONZE Dan Wilson

New Business of the Year sponsored by A-One Insurance Group

GOLD Grumpy Monkey



BRONZE Badger Creative

BRONZE EmPower Me Recruitment

BRONZE Glam and Grace

Pub/Bar Award

GOLD Incognito Winchester

SILVER Dancing Man Brewery

SILVER The Good Companions

BRONZE The London Hotel

Sunday Roast Award

GOLD Grand Café

SILVER The Bugle Inn

BRONZE Bacaro and BRONZE The Fox


GOLD Harbour Hotel Southampton

SILVER New Place Hotel

BRONZE Ennios Boutique Hotel and BRONZE Edka Rooms

The Community Award Sponsored by RoutePR & Events

GOLD Saints Foundation

SILVER Bevois Mount History

SILVER City Catering Southampton


BRONZE Radio Taxis Southampton

BRONZE See Southampton

BRONZE The London Hotel

BRONZE Touch Network

The Customer Service Award sponsored by Elis

GOLD New Place Hotel

SILVER Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

BRONZE Hamble Point Yacht Charters

BRONZE Mercure Dolphin Hotel

The Dining Experience Award sponsored by Harvest Fine Foods

GOLD Piecaramba!

SILVER Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

SILVER The Jetty, Ocean Village

BRONZE Grand Café

The Future Proofing and Innovation Award

GOLD See Southampton

SILVER SO51 Fitness

BRONZE My VIP Card and BRONZE Southampton Ghost Tours

The Here2There Award

GOLD Radio Taxis (Southampton) Ltd

SILVER Southampton Ghost Tours

BRONZE Driving Miss Daisy, Winchester

The Leading Star Award

GOLD Matt Conrad

SILVER Debs Carter

BRONZE Peter Frank Shawyer


The Night Time Experience Award

GOLD Grumpy Monkey

SILVER Incognito Winchester

SILVER The London Hotel

BRONZE The Stable

The Rising Star Award

GOLD Aman Baines – Ange’s Brow and Beauty

SILVER Amber Dunbar – Dancing Man Brewery

BRONZE Edita Talat-Kelpsiene – Edka Laundry

The Wellbeing Award


SILVER Adore Your Outdoors

SILVER Touch Network CIC

BRONZE Ange’s Beauty

BRONZE Anitabee Holistic Therapies

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