The Sunday Times’ annual list is freshly researched every year. The brief is to find hotels not just displaying perfect comfort, service and value, but also the less tangible but equally important qualities of personality and warmth.
Stephen Ball, director of South Sands Hotel comments on the accolade: “We couldn’t be happier that the Sunday Times has included us in the ‘Ultimate 100 British Hotels’ list. I’m proud of our team for their continuous hard work as we offer our guests the best bespoke experience, always respecting the stunning natural environment of South Sands beach and striving for individuality.”
“This means a lot to us and also to the town of Salcombe, which we’re proud to call home. Our new head chef, Allister Bishop, has a fantastic ethos of integrating freshly foraged ingredients from the foreshore into the menu, something that we feel enhances what we offer guests at the South Sands. His presence and influence is clearly being felt already, adding to our commitment to high quality, comfort and luxury, with this wonderful recognition from the Sunday Times.”
Allister joined in April 2016 and since then has worked closely with the local community in Salcombe and the surrounding villages, putting South Sands on the map as a stand out destination and beach side restaurant which specialises in fine wine and wholly memorable, sensational dining.
With decades of experience in fine dining at the most reputable establishments in London, Allister has worked at Harrods, Le Meridien and Hilton to name but a few but is now back to his Devon roots where he is inspired by the abundance of high quality ingredients in the county and a love of the landscape. His menus are stylish, simple and elegant, with a huge focus on freshly foraged food.
Supporting local suppliers where possible, Allister collaborates with an array of regional businesses from Salcombe Gin (not just to serve in the bar but for a Salcombe Gin soup on the tasting menu), various Westcountry cheese suppliers, Pipps Farm in Yealmpton for outstanding meats, to creedy carver duck from Crediton to name a few, plus ongoing support with sustainable farming and the Husbandry school in Bickington. All is transparent on the menu, with extensive attention to detail listing where each food item is sourced or harvested.
Adding to the importance of local, director Stephen Ball has lived and worked in and around Salcombe all his life, and his family have resided in the area for many hundreds of years. With a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, and having held this key role at the South Sands for the past four years, he has been significant in putting this boutique hotel on the map. An Ordained Minister in the Church of England, Reverend Stephen Ball is also a priest at the nearby Malborough church. Other members in Stephen’s team have numerous links to the local community through voluntary work in charity shops and events, something South Sands is keen to develop further.