Homes & Antiques, in conjunction with Antiques News & Fairs, announced the winners of its inaugural Britain's Best Antiques Shops awards today
Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp and Antiques Roadshow
expert Mark Hill revealed the five winning businesses, from shops and vintage emporia to antiques centres and auction houses, at an awards ceremony at the Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair
today (8th March).
Allsopp, Channel 4’s property and interiors expert, has been a firm supporter of the awards, which champion these unsung heroes of the high street.
Britain’s Best Antiques Shops 2012 Award winners
* Best antiques shop Blighty Antiques, Cheltenham
* Best specialist shop Christopher Clarke Antiques, Stow on the Wold
* Best vintage/mid-century shop Nanadobbie, Brighton
* Best auction house McTear’s Auctioneers, Glasgow
* Best antiques centre Hungerford Arcade, Hungerford
The Britain’s Best Antiques Shops awards were launched in the November 2011 issue of Homes & Antiques to tie in with National Antiques Week. Readers and members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite antiques businesses in five categories.
A shortlist of 25 antiques businesses from across the country was announced in the March issue of Homes & Antiques. The five winning businesses will be profiled in the May issue of the magazine, on sale 5th April.
Angela Linforth, editor of Homes & Antiques, says: 'Here at Homes & Antiques, we never cease to be excited by the intriguing, beautiful things we find at antiques shops and auctions up and down the country. The awards celebrate these high street heroes, and we hope they will encourage many more people to pop into their local antiques stores and see what they can find.'
Gail McLeod, editor of Antiques News & Fairs
and organiser of National Antiques Week, says: '
I have been delighted with the response to this campaign, launched last November in National Antiques Week, to raise the profile of this heritage industry and its fantastic green credentials. The general public have voted in their thousands to give their favourite dealer or auctioneer a chance to win a coveted award.'
Brian Clements of McTear's Auctioneers in Glasgow, winner of Best Auction House, with Kirstie Allsopp and Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill
Mike and Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie in Brighton, winner of Best Vintage Shop
Hazel Browne and Adrian Gilmour of Hungerford Arcade, winner of Best Antiques Centre
Simon and Sean Clarke of Christopher Clarke Antiques in Stow-on-the-Wold, winner of Best Specialist Shop
Andrew and Sarah Seccombe of Blighty in Cheltenham, winner of Best Antiques Shop
H&A editor Angela Linforth, Kirstie Allsopp, Gail McLeod and H&A deputy editor Natasha Goodfellow
See pictures from the awards after party