National Hospitality Day took place on Saturday 18th September and I visited local tourist hotspots to celebrate. This annual celebration of the brilliant and resilient pubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and foodservice outlets has even more importance after a difficult year for so many businesses, business owners and employees who faced closures and restrictions during the Covid lockdowns.
I honoured National Hospitality Day by visiting several local hospitality venues including the Northwick Hotel in Evesham and the Wood Norton Hotel. In addition, I visited Holland House in Cropthorne – a retreat centre offering food, accommodation and courses for yoga and mindfulness set in 3 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside. Holland House was also in receipt of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund earlier this year, a fund that was set up to help businesses survive through the pandemic.
National Hospitality Day gives us all a reason to remember the difficulties this sector has been through and how amazingly they have adapted to different regulations, and got through the lockdowns. It’s so important that we now lend them our support because so many jobs are sustained in this sector. I would encourage my constituents to use this as an excuse to go out, eat out, take a break or do something a bit different and visit one of the fantastic hospitality offerings we have in Worcestershire.