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Pub rises from ashes to win major tourism award

The roof of the historic pub was destroyed by fire in 2011. Photo: ITV News West Country

A Cornish pub that was devastated by fire three years ago has just been named the South West’s Tourism Pub of the Year at the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

The Pandora Inn in Mylor was severely damaged when it was gripped by fire in March 2011. It was reopened a year later after extensive rebuilding and refurbishment.

As good as new - the Pandora Inn after being rebuilt Credit: ITV News West Country

The Pandora Inn fought off stiff competition from pubs right across the region - the judges said it “has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and continues to be a fantastic waterside pub”.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in Plymouth, hosted by ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton.

They’re designed to be a night when the outstanding quality of the region's top tourism businesses in the South West is celebrated.

It has been a record year, with 350 entries from every corner of the region, from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.

The judging this year has been harder than ever before.

– Robin Barker, Organiser

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • BED & BREAKFAST AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Launceston Farm Bed & Breakfast, Dorset
  • BRONZE - Pendragon Country House, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The Seafood Restaurant, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Pentillie Castle, Cornwall
  • SELF CATERING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Greenwood Grange, Dorset
  • BRONZE - The Big House Company, Somerset
  • SILVER - Seahorse Apartments & Westward Living at the Duckhaven Stud, Devon
  • GOLD - Headland Hotel, Cornwall
  • TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2013 , Somerset
  • SILVER - Dorset Seafood Festival, Dorset
  • SILVER - Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Wiltshire
  • HOLIDAY PARK OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Cofton Country Holidays, Devon
  • BRONZE - Gwel an Mor Resort, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset
  • TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, Dorset
  • BRONZE - Poole Welcome Centre, Dorset
  • SILVER, Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Devon
  • GOLD - English Riviera Tourism Company, Devon
  • VENUE & BUSINESS TOURISM
  • BRONZE - Dartington Hall, Devon
  • SILVER - Deer Park Country House Hotel, Devon
  • GOLD - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, Cornwall
  • BRONZE - Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, Devon
  • SILVER - Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall
  • GOLD - National Trust Coleridge Cottage, Somerset
  • TOURISM ACTIVITY, SPORT & EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Polkerris Beach, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • SILVER - National Trust Brownsea Island, Dorset
  • GOLD - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
  • TOURISM SUPERSTAR AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
  • SILVER - Geof Curtis from Brownsea Island, Dorset
  • SILVER - Christine Hornsby from Perran Sands Holiday Park, Cornwall
  • GOLD - Dickon Allen from Montacute House, Somerset
  • GOLD - Matt Druce from Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Devon
  • TASTE OF SOUTH WEST AWARD
  • SILVER - Eastbury Hotel, Dorset
  • SILVER - The Herring, Cornwall
  • GOLD - River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Plymouth, Devon
  • GOLD - Bybrook Restaurant at the Manor House, Wiltshire
  • TOURISM PUB OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - The New Inn, Tresco, Isles of Scilly
  • SILVER - Start Bay Inn, Devon
  • SILVER- The Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Cornwall
  • GOLD - The Pandora Inn, Mylor, Cornwall
  • SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
  • BRONZE - Arundell Arms Hotel, Devon
  • BRONZE – Railholiday, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Compton Pool Farm, Devon
  • GOLD - Little White Alice, Cornwall
  • LARGE VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE – Cotehele, Cornwall
  • BRONZE - Trebah Garden, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The BIG Sheep, Devon
  • GOLD – Longleat, Wiltshire
  • ACCESS FOR ALL AWARD
  • BRONZE - Countryside Mobility South West
  • SILVER - A Little Bit of Heaven, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Mortons House Hotel, Dorset
  • GOLD - Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon
  • LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Headland Hotel, Cornwall
  • SILVER - The Manor House Hotel and Gold Club, Wiltshire
  • GOLD - Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Somerset
  • SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR
  • BRONZE - Barnsley House Hotel, Gloucestershire
  • BRONZE - Talland Bay Hotel, Cornwall
  • SILVER - Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly
  • GOLD - The Old Rectory Hotel, Devon
  • WINNER OF WINNERS
  • Calvert Trust Exmoor, Devon