With not only the best of settings in the stunning grounds of Gloucester Cathedral but also a sparkling evening showcasing the very best local businesses, events and individuals, the second annual SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards on Thursday evening marked a successful end to another exciting nomination and shortlisting process.



Guests were welcomed with a lovely SSGLA cocktail from headline sponsor Neptune Rum before moving on to award winning, organic cider from Dunkerton’s Cider and lots of fizz from The Cotswold Bar Company. Food wise The Woozy Pig was on hand to offer tasty loaded hot dogs and Hetty’s Kitchen, a plethora of delicious brownies! Thanks to Josh for the excellent service from the Neptune Rum bar, my bottle is already ordered and on its way. Other notable event associates naturally included Gloucester Cathedral but also Oasis Events and a touch of magic from Gloucestershire Magician: Richard Parsons.



Over the last few months, over 30,000 votes have been cast for 220 different organisations and judging by the inspirational list of finalists, it was no doubt a very close-run race. If you haven’t heard yet, then here’s the rundown.

Cultural Venue of the Year 2019: Gloucester Cathedral

Highly Commended: Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Family Day Out Venue of the Year 2019: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Highly Commended Cotswold Farm Park

Independent School of the Year 2019: Dean Close School

Highly Commended: Cheltenham College

Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2019: Everyman Theatre

Highly Commended: Gloucester Guildhall

Sporting Venue of the Year 2019: Gloucester Rugby

Highly Commended: Cheltenham Racecourse

Live Music Venue of the Year 2019: Frog & Fiddle

Highly Commended: Café Rene

Restaurant of the Year 2019: KIBOUsushi

Highly Commended: The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie

Takeaway of the year 2019: Fat Toni’s Pizzeria

Highly Commended: Simpsons Fish & Chips

Café of the Year 2019: The Find

Highly Commended: Smokey Joe’s Café Bar & Diner

Food/Drink Producer of the Year 2019: Cotswolds Distillery

Highly Commended: Hillside Brewery

Pub of the Year 2019: The Bottle of Sauce

Highly Commended: The Bell at Sapperton



Bar of the Year 2019: Stroud Brewery

Highly Commended: The Botanist

Hotel of the Year 2019: Cowley Manor

Highly Commended: No 131. Cheltenham

Beauty Business of the Year 2019: Earl’s & Co

Highly Commended: Calcot Spa

Health/Fitness Business of the Year 2019: Leisure at Cheltenham

Highly Commended: Cheltenham Pilates & Yoga

Independent Shop of the Year 2019: Made in Stroud

Highly Commended: Favourite Beers

Homes & Interiors business of the Year 2019: The Fairview Gardener

Highly Commended: Just Fabrics

Shopping Destination of the Year 2019: Gloucester Quays

Highly Commended: John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham

Event of the Year 2019: Cheltenham Literature Festival

Highly Commended: The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

Wedding Venue of the Year 2019: Ellenborough Park

Highly Commended: Pittville Pump Room

Wedding Supplier of the Year 2019: The Vanilla Pod Bakery

Highly Commended: Richard Parsons Gloucestershire Magician

Hero of the Year 2019: Bob Perkins

Highly Commended: Jamie McDonald



With such a fabulous line up and an incredibly well organised evening enjoyed by all, the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards have well and truly earned their place on the county’s business calendar and I for one can’t wait for next year. Roll on 2020!

Many thanks to SoGlos for the invitation to attend as press and the amazing goody bag! Credit to Lesley Sainty for the photos inside and outside Gloucester Cathedral. I am more of a David Bellamy than Bailey.

Cin cin!

Lady Janey x



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