Number One is...number one!

Claire and Ben Smith at the Number One St Lukes, with their award for Bed and Breakfast of the Year for Lancashire.

Claire and Ben Smith at the Number One St Lukes, with their award for Bed and Breakfast of the Year for Lancashire.

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A BLACKPOOL hotel has been named the best bed and breakfast hotel in Lancashire.

Number One St Lukes, St Lukes Road, South Shore, beat off competition from highly-commended Broadgate Farm B&B, Bleasdale, Mode Hotel, St Annes and The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston to be named Bed and Breakfast Accommodation of the Year, at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012/13.

Winners of Lancs Tourism Awards. Centre Wayne Hemingway, left Ruth Connor, CEO Marketing Lancashire. Right Paul Heathcote, Chair of Marketing Lancashire

Winners of Lancs Tourism Awards. Centre Wayne Hemingway, left Ruth Connor, CEO Marketing Lancashire. Right Paul Heathcote, Chair of Marketing Lancashire

Owner Claire Smith, 48, who runs the hotel, while husband Mark, 51, runs sister hotel Number One South Beach, South Shore, was overjoyed.

She said: “We were really stunned when our name was read out.

“It’s been a long journey, and we still have a long way to go.

“Having won the county award, we go to a national competition nearer Christmas, where the opposition becomes much tougher.

“Being short-listed felt like winning, but to take home the top award means so much.”

Judges commended the B&B for “impeccable attention to detail, uncompromising quality, and determination to stay at the top of their game”. The couple were presented with the prize at a ceremony at the Guild Hall, Preston, by fashion designer and style guru Wayne Hemingway.

A delighted Claire admitted the award would not have been possible, had it not been for son Ben, 23.

She added: “Much of our focus has been launching our other hotel, Number One South Beach, in recent months, but since Ben came back from university, he really pushed us hard to get nominated for another award at St Lukes.

“He put us forward for the tourism awards, and he’s really become part of the business.

“He reminded me our last award was 2008, and we needed a kick-start to get going again. Much of the award is down to his efforts.”

Other Fylde coast winners included Large Hotel of the Year, The Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes. The Caravan Holiday Park Award went to Carr Royd Park, Hambleton, while the Sandcastle Waterpark was given the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award and the Access for all Tourism Award.