At the Catey winners’ reception at the Dorchester Hotel last week, talk turned to where the restaurants, hotels and other hospitality operators that have won the industry’s ultimate accolade, a Catey, keep their statue.
David Sharpe, Managing Director of the London Eye and winner of this year’s Leisure and Tourism award, told me that his Catey took pride of place in the trophy cabinet within the ticket office. Sure enough, when I dropped by the following morning, there stood Catey, looking resplendent and in plain view of the 3.5 million people that ride the eye each year.
Meanwhile, the rumour is, that there are so many Cateys lined up along the front desk at the Vineyard at Stockcross, that guests are having trouble communicating with reception staff.
Have you ever won a Catey? If so, where do you keep it? Office? Mantelpiece? Dining room? In a safe in a Swiss bank? Beside the pond in your garden (hope not)? let us know or – better still – send us a pic of your Catey.