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East Lodge bucks the recession trend

Posted 10th December 2009.

Over the past few months, East Lodge has increased its staffing levels by 40 percent, across all areas of the business including front of house, waiters, and kitchen staff.

Iain Hardman, director of East Lodge explains why East Lodge seems to have ridden out the beginning of this recession relatively unscathed: Our location, overall offering & above all fantastic team mean that we have managed to position East Lodge well in order to see us through what has been a tough 1218 months.

We have been lucky to have recently won many prestigious awards both locally and nationally, and this in itself has attracted a great deal of interest. We have found ourselves in a great position where we are investing further not only in the aesthetics of the building and grounds but also in enhancing the number and in particular the quality of the team here at the hotel.

We are extremely proud to be entering the next phase of this economic downturn with good news and hope that our continued success is mirrored within the local community; we are sure that tourism will feature highly on both the regional and national agenda as a growth industry for Rowsley and the Peak District as a whole.

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a number of important accolades in recent years; East Lodge has again achieved the coveted AA Inspectors Choice accolade with three red stars for 2009/10, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK.

East Lodge was named Small Hotel of the Year 2008/09 at the East Midlands Tourism awards, and then went on to become a silver Winner as Hotel of the Year 2009/10 at the national finals – renowned as the tourism Oscars. In 2007/08 East Lodge was named Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year and also scooped the Cond Nast Johansens Most excellent service & Readers choice awards.

For further information on East Lodge, visit www.eastlodge.com
ENDS

Photograph and caption:
Iain Hardman at East Lodge

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