Nelson's Distillery & School Win Experience of the Year 2024

We Did It! Officially the Best Thing to Do in Staffordshire! Nelson’s Distillery & School Awarded Experience of the Year at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards 2024

Three images from the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards 2024. Image on the left, David, Sam & Neil with award, middle photo Neil with award and right image Same, Neil, Megan & David.

On Thursday, 14th March 2024, we celebrated a milestone we’ll never forget, winning Experience of the Year at the 10th annual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards 2024.

The award ceremony was hosted by Rebecca Wood, the BBC Midlands Today presenter and a proud alumna of Staffordshire University, which sponsored our award category. It took place at the National Memorial Arboretum, an amazing venue that also received two awards for its dedication to accessible, inclusive, and sustainable tourism.

The Experience of the Year category saw fierce competition, with four outstanding finalists vying for the title. We emerged victorious, celebrated for our unique Gin, Vodka & Rum School experience.

Neil Harrison, our founder, couldn’t hide his excitement: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the Experience of the Year award. This recognition is a testament to the passion and hard work of our entire team. Our goal has always been to provide a unique experience for our guests, allowing them to explore the art of distillation and create something truly personal. To be acknowledged for this effort is incredibly rewarding. We extend our gratitude to Enjoy Staffordshire, our fellow Staffordshire businesses, and, of course, our wonderful guests who have supported us on this journey. Here's to continuing to share the spirit of creativity and excellence in everything we do.”

Sharing the evening with the fantastic team from Dovecliff Hall Hotel, who received accolades in several categories, including Small Hotel of the Year and Independent Restaurant of the Year, underscored the collaborative spirit and excellence within Staffordshire’s hospitality and tourism sector.

A significant recognition of our achievement, some Gold winners from the evening will advance to represent Staffordshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2024, showcasing the best of what our county has to offer on a national stage.

We invite locals and visitors alike to experience our award-winning Gin, Vodka & Rum School. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a unique day out, booking a place or purchasing a Gift Certificate offers an opportunity to enjoy the 'Experience of the Year' and create lasting memories.

For more information on booking and gift options, visit our Gin, Vodka & Rum School page or follow our journey on social media at @NelsonsDistillery. Join us in celebrating the best of Staffordshire’s tourism and hospitality industry.