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John Dorey

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Soooo… we try to treat awards with a pinch of salt, knowing how opaque most of the awarding is. We don’t talk too much about our Cesar from the Good Hotel Guide (the Oscars of the hotel world, dahling), or our AA rosettes, or our Chelsea Flower Show gold medal or any of the other lovely physical manifestations of recognition that we have on our mantelpiece (although you should see the Best in Show award from Royal Hampton Court – it’s knitted).

Likewise, we have the certificates of excellence from tripadvisor and and all those sorts of things, but we know those represent the views of a tiny fraction of the people who come through our doors – around 0.1% in fact. And we try not to get too carried away with articles and reviews, even when they’re very nice about us.

But, you know, people have to start somewhere if they want to know what we’re about. So here are some.¬†We try to keep the below more or less up to date but, frankly, we have other fish to fry, so forgive us if we’ve fallen behind. There’s probably a bunch missing. Sorry.

You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Dorothy's water colour pot