CUMBRIA is the capital for eco hotels in 2018, according to a list of finalists in the best of British hospitality.

Three county hotels have made it to the shortlisted categories ahead of the AA Hospitality Awards 2018.

The Appleby Manor Hotel and Garden Spa, which boasts a two Rosette restaurant and the Cedar Manor Hotel at Windermere, built in 1854 as a country retreat, have made the shortlist for Eco Hotel of the Year.

The Food Service shortlist, which rewards technical service skills and food and beverage knowledge of the highest standard, includes Simon Rogan’s flagship L’Enclume restaurant at Cartmel.

A panel of judges spent 12 months travelling the country, where they sampled the nation’s finest pubs and restaurants across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Now in its 21st year, the winners will be announced at the AA Hospitality Awards on Monday, September 24.