SOStar Bronze award for Dan WIlson Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Hampshire winners announced at the 2020 SOStar Awards

Southampton’s finest tourism individuals, attractions and related businesses celebrated their achievements at the 2020 SO Star Awards, a dinner and award presentation which took place at the Grand Café.

In unprecedented times these winners represent true beacons throughout their industry, all that is best in a sector which has been hit with more challenges than most by the Covid pandemic.

Postponed from spring due to lockdown, the SO Star Awards, delivered in association with A-One Insurance Group, Ange’s Brows, DA Training Consulting, Compass Spirits, Double Dutch, Elis, Enotria Wines, Estrella DAM, Harvest Foods, Meridian Lifts, Signable and Wave 105 were staged successfully by adhering to government guidance and regulations and in association with the  Southampton City Council environmental health team.

The evening genuinely retained the kudos and glamour of past gala ceremonies and attracted hundreds of entrants from throughout the SO postcode area.

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder the SO and BHStar Awards, paid tribute to the sponsors who made the event possible as well as the participants who took part.

She said: “The hospitality and leisure sector has been affected to a massive degree during the past few months, yet despite that new independent venues launched, businesses diversified, pivoted or invested in additional screening and outdoor equipment as required. They have never given up, rather, they made every effort to combat hardship, welcome visitors and locals alike and provide a wonderful customer experience in changed circumstances.

“People supported much-loved favourite venues, attractions and businesses, beginning with Eat Out to Help Out, then, as restrictions eased, going out more frequently with family and friends, whether for exercise, entertainment or mental wellbeing. They tried new places, explored, learned about this city and its wider environs, and provided much needed revenue to keep doors open and valued staff in their jobs.

“The commitment of these winners – and all who entered – shows that they take immense pride in offering the best of the Southampton region. They all exude that star quality which we have come to recognise during the past few years since we launched the SO Star Awards.”

A socially distanced dinner, with groups of six at each table, the event concluded by 10pm. Drinks and food were served to each table and guests registered details for track and trace. MC Mark Rush Palmer went through relevant health and safety information, including how each of the category winners would be announced and presented with their awards.

The 2020 SOStar Winners are:


GOLD           Rebekah Wolfe

SILVER         Ellen Smith

BRONZE        Joe Gibson

Attraction of the Year

GOLD           Steamship Sheildhall

SILVER         Mighty Adventures Southampton

BRONZE        Southampton Ghost Tours

Business Tourism Venue

GOLD           Solent Conference Center

SILVER         New Place Hotel

Cafe/Tearoom of the Year

GOLD           The Lovely Little Cafe

SILVER         Teacups and Tutus

SILVER         Mrs Potts by the Riverside

BRONZE        The Braishfield Pantry

Chef of the Year

GOLD           Andrew Taylor Rose – Delicious Dining Group

SILVER         Neil Arkley – The Jetty, Ocean Village

BRONZE        Sara Plutino – Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Education & Mentoring Award

GOLD           New Forest Activities

SILVER         See Southampton

BRONZE        Aspire4Business

Environment & Sustainability Award

GOLD           Café Thrive Southampton


BRONZE        SO51Fitness

Event / Festival of the Year

GOLD           The London Hotel

SILVER         Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

BRONZE        Bevois Mount History

BRONZE        See Southampton

SOStar Bronzeaward for Dan WIlson Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Mix Master sponsored by Meridian Lifts

GOLD           Harley Kelly

SILVER         Dan Hanson

BRONZE        Adam Clarke

BRONZE        Dan Wilson – Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

New General Manager Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

New Business of the Year sponsored by A-One Insurance Group

GOLD           Grumpy Monkey

SILVER         GeeFit


BRONZE        Badger Creative

BRONZE        EmPower Me Recruitment

BRONZE        Glam and Grace

Pub/Bar Award

GOLD           Incognito Winchester

SILVER         Dancing Man Brewery

SILVER         The Good Companions

BRONZE        The London Hotel

Sunday Roast Award

GOLD           Grand Café

SILVER         The Bugle Inn

BRONZE        Bacaro and BRONZE The Fox


GOLD           Harbour Hotel Southampton

SILVER         New Place Hotel

BRONZE        Ennios Boutique Hotel and BRONZE Edka Rooms

The Community Award Sponsored by RoutePR & Events

GOLD           Saints Foundation

SILVER         Bevois Mount History

SILVER         City Catering Southampton


BRONZE        Radio Taxis Southampton

BRONZE        See Southampton

BRONZE        The London Hotel

BRONZE        Touch Network

The Customer Service Award sponsored by Elis

GOLD           New Place Hotel

SILVER         Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

BRONZE        Hamble Point Yacht Charters

BRONZE        Mercure Dolphin Hotel

The Dining Experience Award sponsored by Harvest Fine Foods

GOLD           Piecaramba!

SILVER         Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

SILVER         The Jetty, Ocean Village

BRONZE        Grand Café

The Future Proofing and Innovation Award

GOLD           See Southampton

SILVER         SO51 Fitness

BRONZE        My VIP Card and BRONZE   Southampton Ghost Tours

The Here2There Award

GOLD           Radio Taxis (Southampton) Ltd

SILVER         Southampton Ghost Tours

BRONZE        Driving Miss Daisy, Winchester

The Leading Star Award

GOLD           Matt Conrad

SILVER         Debs Carter

BRONZE        Peter Frank Shawyer

The Night Time Experience Award

GOLD           Grumpy Monkey

SILVER         Incognito Winchester

SILVER         The London Hotel

BRONZE        The Stable

The Rising Star Award

GOLD           Aman Baines – Ange’s Brow and Beauty

SILVER         Amber Dunbar – Dancing Man Brewery

BRONZE        Edita Talat-Kelpsiene – Edka Laundry

The Wellbeing Award

GOLD           GeeFit

SILVER         Adore Your Outdoors

SILVER         Touch Network CIC

BRONZE        Ange’s Beauty

BRONZE        Anitabee Holistic Therapies