Nominate your favourite local business for chance to win with SWR and Heart

Our Great Days Winners

Celebrating our small businesses

It’s time to look forward to great days out

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our region and when we asked you to tell us about your favourites you did not disappoint.

With over 2,000 nominations made, choosing five small businesses to each receive a recovery package worth £12,000 was challenging. But after much deliberation our judging panel selected the five winners below.

The French Horn – Alton

French Horn Alton
French Horn, Alton | Image credit:

This traditional Alton country gastropub boasts an impressive and flower-filled garden, making it a perfect location for a sunny afternoon and hearty lunch. Home-cooked food is the highlight here, and ale-lovers can raise a glass to a plentiful selection of local beers.

Visit The French Horn

Suttons Coffee Shop - Weymouth

Suttons Coffee Shop
The Suttons Coffee Shop team receive their gold winner certificate from Phil Dominey, Regional Development Manager

Amanda and Matthew run Suttons Coffee Shop with their family. Founded in 1878 by the Sutton family as a grocery store, it’s believed to be the oldest team rooms in Weymouth. And there’s a reason they’ve lasted so long – aside from their own special “Suttons Blend” of coffee, the shop is known for its cosy atmosphere, great service and much-loved steak and kidney pies. So whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast to start your day at the beach, or the a coffee and cake on a rainy afternoon, Suttons is well worth a visit.

Tie in with a place to stay (see our silver winner below) and you've got the makings of a great break in Weymouth.

Visit Suttons Coffee Shop

The Cross Keys - Sherborne

Cross Keys Sherborne
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During the past few months, the Cross Keys has been at the heart of its community in Sherborne and added a new chapter to its proud 200-year history. As things return to normal, this food focused pub once again offers visitors a warm welcome and a homemade menu using local and artisan ingredients. Its delicious Sunday roasts and array of cocktails are perfect for a weekend day out.

Visit The Cross Keys

Channel View Guest House - Weymouth

Channel View Guest House
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Melaney looks after her guest house with pride – making it one of the most popular in the town. Overlooking Weymouth Bay and just yards away from the beach and seafront, it’s an ideal spot for a weekend by the coast. Breakfast is made from locally sourced food giving you a real taste of the region – as well as helping local suppliers and the environment.The guest house are running a special offer too - if you see a Channel View poster at your local station, you can post a picture and and tag Channel View on Facebook or Instagram for a discounted stay!

Visit the Channel View Guest House

The Swan Inn – Bedhampton

Swan Inn
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The Swan Inn is a highlight for the local community in Bedhampton. A family friendly garden, delicious homecooked meals and friendly staff make it a great place to stop off if you’re exploring the Portsmouth area.

Visit The Swan Inn