The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne was awarded large business of the year at the Eastbourne Business Awards.

Five hundred guests attended this year’s awards at the Winter Garden for the black-tie celebration.

The brightest and best of Eastbourne’s business community attended for dinner, entertainment from Sound of the Crowd and the awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Jo Enright.

Over £8,000 was raised for chosen charities You Raise Me Up and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.


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The Grand Hotel is known to locals as The White Palace and sits across the road from the Victorian promenade.

The hotel has hosted many famous names over the years, including Sir Ernest Shackleton, Charlie Chaplin, classical composers Claude Debussy and Edward Elgar and, more recently, Dame Helen Mirren.

The hotel has 152 bedrooms and suites and afternoon tea is served daily.

There are two restaurants, The Mirabelle Restaurant which offers fine dining menus and The Garden Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with flavoursome menus amidst a backdrop of cornices and chandeliers.