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James Thomson of Prestonfield House & The Witchery, becomes Master Innholder

One of Scotland’s best-known independent restaurateurs and hoteliers, James Thomson OBE,  who owns Prestonfield House and The Witchery, within his portfolio, is one of only 10 people to have been recognised with a Master Innholder award.  The award, created by the Worshipful Company of Innholders, is given to those that have demonstrated themselves as influential and inspirational leaders within the hotel industry.

Dan Rose-Bristow FIH MI, chairman of the Master Innholders, said, To become a Master Innholder, you need to demonstrate great leadership qualities, your reasons for wanting to become a Master Innholder, what you stand for as a hotelier, your involvement in the wider hospitality community in terms of education and charity, and an appreciation of the heritage and traditions of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, who award the honour. Our 10 successful applicants this year all demonstrated their passion and drive for our profession and were all committed to becoming an active part of our community.

“I am extremely proud to welcome all these inspiring individuals to our family, who will become Master Innholders when they receive their award from the Worshipful Company of Innholders in June.”

James has been a significant player within the Scottish hospitality scene and a great inspiration within the industry since he opened The Witchery aged 20. Over the years he has appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Edinburgh and has been accredited with regenerating Edinburgh’s Old Town into a vibrant tourist destination, and in 2005, he was awarded an OBE for his services to Scottish Hospitality and Tourism.

As a member of the Prince’s Trust Scottish Advisory Board, James created the annual ‘Lunch with an Old Bag’ event in aid of the charity which has raised over £7 million since its launch in 2009 and has helped change the lives of over 7,000 young people in Scotland. James is also a Founding Patron of Springboard UK which helps disadvantaged and unemployed people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue a career in hospitality, gaining the skills, knowledge and experience needed to flourish in this sector.

James’s long list of accolades and achievements are a true testament of his passion and commitment to the hospitality industry.


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