Editor’s choice sees trio of NE Fife hotels make their mark

The Peat Inn ' one of three NEF hotels listed in the Good Hotel Guide 2015.
The Peat Inn ' one of three NEF hotels listed in the Good Hotel Guide 2015.
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Three hotels in north east Fife have been listed in one of the hospitality industry’s most prestigious publications.

The Editor’s Choice Awards in the Good Hotel Guide 2015 were announced this week and while Scotland missed out on the top prizes, it still figured strongly.

With a massive 138 hotels in England, followed by 30 in Scotland, 24 in Wales and eight in Ireland, The Good Hotel Guide’s Top 200 – the coveted Editor’s Choice Awards – are clearly spread far and wide, and positively encourage exploration of Great Britain and Ireland by both residents and overseas visitors.

In NEF three hotels made the shortlist – Rufflets in St Andrews, Edenshead Stables in Gateside, and the Peat Inn.

Rufflets was praised for an “extremely welcoming” family-owned hotel with its “excellent service” being highlighted.

The service also impressed at the converted Georgian stables of Edenshead while the whitewashed coaching inn in Peat Inn, described as a “restaurant with rooms” was especially hailed for chef/patron Geoffrey Smeddle’s fare.

Joint Editor of The Good Hotel Guide Desmond Balmer said:

“We are entering a new era of hotel-keeping, with a more relaxed style, and, at The Good Hotel Guide, we’ve been pleased to see hotels adapt to the public mood.

The old formality is giving way to a more flexible approach. Often it is the simpler places – pubs and B&Bs – that we find are leading the way, as they renovate their rooms and drop the old, restrictive rules about what a guest can and cannot do.

“All 200 hotels in the Editor’s Choice section are winners – but there are no duff hotels to be found within the pages of The Good Hotel Guide.

“These places in which to lay your head have been selected for different reasons but all 800 hotels – chosen from a total of some 50,000 such establishments across Great Britain and Ireland– have been chosen for a reason. Most are family-owned and run; put simply, these are places where the needs and comfort of the guest are put ahead of the convenience of the management.”

Hotels do not pay to be included in The Good Hotel Guide; the editors select entries on merit alone, making judgements based on visits by a team of inspectors as well as reports from well-informed and trusted readers. All reader reports are vigilantly monitored and graded by the editorial team based on the number of reports submitted and their accuracy.