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Tourism sector in Leicester and Leicestershire celebrates a year of award wins in 2023

Local venues, attractions and accommodation providers have scooped a variety of national awards

The tourism industry in Leicester and Leicestershire celebrated an award-winning year in 2023, collecting a host of prestigious local, regional and national awards. These awards recognised the excellence of the city and county’s restaurants, bars, accommodation providers, visitor attractions, festivals and events, food and drink producers, and experiences.

Some of Leicester and Leicestershire’s national award winners in 2023 included:

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023:

Sue Jerham of EbikeHolidays receiving her VisitEngland Award for Excellence

Other awards included:

  • Brockleby’s Pies - Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards for its Moo & Blue Pie

  • Samworth Brothers – won both the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, and Cold Eating Savoury Pie awards 

  • Boutique Narrowboats – Silver at the British Travel Awards for Best Company for UK Short Breaks 

  • Mem-Saab - Leicester Restaurant of the Year at the English Curry Awards

  • The Bee Farmer - honey was named Champion Product in the Slow Food England Awards

  • Punks: Rage and Revolution exhibition at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery -

      English Project of the Year in the 2023 National Lottery Awards

  • Twycross Zoo - Silver Animal Behaviour and Welfare award

  • and Bronze award in recognition of bonobo care from British and

      Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) 

      medals at the 2023 World Beer Awards and eight awards in the 2023

      International Beer Challenge

      when they were shortlisted as finalists in the Best UK Destination category at

      the 2023 Group Leisure and Travel Awards

Visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire can experience all of these award-winning venues for themselves including pie making experiences at Brockleby’s Pies, bee keeping courses with The Bee Farmer and brewery tours at Round Corner Brewing.

More details on these experiences are available at or for group travel, visit

Sue Jerham, Managing Director at Ebike Holidays, said: “We're thrilled that VisitEngland awarded our luxury, sustainable walking and EBike holidays such a prestigious accolade. We’re based in the National Forest, which is at the forefront of sustainable tourism. It was, therefore, natural for us to put responsible tourism at the heart of our business from the very start. Cycling and walking are perfect ways to experience everything that Leicestershire and The National Forest offer, away from the crowds. Guests always leave inspired by the variety of countryside and just how much there is to see and do in the region.”

Mike Denby from Visit Leicester said: “We are thrilled that our tourism partners in Leicester and Leicestershire have received so many awards in 2023. The destination prides itself on offering a unique day out for visitors with a range of diverse activities, experiences and places to relax, eat and drink. We are so proud of our award winners for helping to cement the city and county as one of England’s most appealing destinations for visitors.”

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