For the fifth consecutive year we have won Taste of the West Gold awards for Dorset in both restaurant and B&B categories.
We were also finalists in both categories in the 2014 and 2015 Taste of the West South West Regional Awards.
We were also winners of the Gold Award for Bed and Breakfast in the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards held at The Tank Museum in Bovington. We had been awarded the Bronze in 2013 so were delighted to take the top prize in 2014.
We also went on to win the BRONZE award in the South West Tourism Awards held at Weston Super Mare in February 2015
We were also selected as one of the businesses to represent the South West in the national Visit England awards to be held in May 2015!
We were judged anonymously in both the Taste of the West and Dorset Tourism awards. Below is the feedback we received
Taste of the West
Category: Bed & Breakfast Award: Gold
EXTENT OF LOCAL SOURCING BY THE ESTABLISHMENT WITHIN THEIR BREAKFAST MENU AND COMMUNICATION TO GUESTS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT’S COMMITMENT TO LOCAL SOURCING:There is a strong commitment to local sourcing and the menus are specific in explaining this commitment.
QUALITY OF BREAKFAST: The breakfast was very well cooked, served promptly and on a warm plate. The bacon was delicious and I really enjoyed the goose egg scrambled egg. I loved the local and delicious apple juice served at breakfast.
QUALITY OF SERVICE: The hosts were impeccable – just delightful! Also the breakfast staff were equally genial and friendly.
CLEANLINESS & COMFORT: The room was immaculate – literally faultless.
ATMOSPHERE, AMBIENCE & VALUE FOR MONEY: Though the house is very plush and well decorated and furnished the feel to the White House is very homely and comfortable. The facilities are excellent and we particularly loved the real coffee and cafétière in the room!
SUMMARY COMMENTS: The White House is exceptionally comfortable and accommodating. I will recommend The White House with no reservations and would love to stay again.
Category: Restaurant Award: Gold
EXTENT AND COMMUNICATION OF LOCAL SOURCING: Local sourcing is clearly of the utmost importance and was specified on the menu and explained in impressive detail, without being preachy. Boards, menus and the staff all gave detailed information.
QUALITY OF THE MEAL: The scallops were delicious and fantastically well cooked. The main was superb with, again, faultless cooking of the duck. The outstanding Dorset apple cake was made into something truly special by the home made (and grown!) quince syrup.
QUALITY OF SERVICE: The service was faultless. Informative yet relaxed.
ATMOSPHERE, AMBIENCE & VALUE FOR MONEY: Though it was a quiet mid-week night the restaurant felt warm and cosy and it was a pleasure to linger and particularly to chat to the lovely hosts.
SUMMARY COMMENTS: The White House does everything you could reasonably expect of a restaurant and more. The food, the cooking and the service are all excellent.
Dorset Tourism Awards
- The quality of the rooms reflects this with generous facilities and lovely spacious bathrooms. Wifi good and TV’s have a decent selection of channels. TV’s have DVD players and a selection of DVDs are available to play. Nice fresh cottage flowers in the bedroom (stocks and roses) and quality toiletries and beverages.
- Local provenance is good in the breakfast menu, including local apple juice. Nice to see linen serviettes and liner plates for the main course
- The breakfast itself was served promptly by a very cheerful, smartly dressed lady and cooked by Ian, the co-proprietor.
- The ground floor bedroom has a walk in shower and they do a good jobconsidering the constraints of a relatively small Regency villa. The family suite is well conceived and efforts are clearly being made to improve access all round.
- There is clear evidence here of engagement with real local issues and that is to be applauded. Most current green issues are being addressed in a practical and pragmatic fashion – a good instance of this is the thick lined bedroom curtains when at the same time the beautiful original sash windows in my room were being restored while I was there. They do not “preach” green but push most of the right buttons.
Overall a business that benefits from twelve years of hard graft, investment and no little love. The Simpson family are obviously very dedicated to this place and their family values infuse into the whole visitor experience without making you feel you are treading on their private domain. A very nice, comfortable place which has a strong regular following from repeat guests. Good value. A worthy Dorset Gold