Congratulations are in order for long-standing Pioneer customer the Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland. They have been declared the UK’s Considerate Hotel of the Year 2010/11 by the Considerate Hoteliers Association (CHA).

They beat off nationwide competition to be crowned the best ‘all-rounder’ establishment for succeeding in a range of environmental and social initiatives. The judges commented: “Battlesteads provided an outstanding entry and is a very worthy winner. They have tackled difficult issues such as waste and energy use, and addressed many areas of their business in their mission to improve their sustainability.”

Battlesteads owners Richard and Dee Slade attended a ceremony at The Savoy in London where they received an inscribed Dartington Crystal decanter to add to their impressive collection of prestigious trophies.

Pictured from left to right are Professor John Forte OBE, Battlesteads Green Officer Katie MeyrickRichard and Dee Slade, and Emma Johnstone from sponsor Gilchrist & Soames.