AbaY Hotel nominated for Best of British Award

Nominated for the Best of British Award by the Daily Telegraph, London

The SVH on the Surfer’s Bay of Arugam. Established 1977 by a devout CAMRA member. The “Siam View” is still run by the same Manx expat and his family to this day. Despite the 30 war years and 2004 Tsunami this place never once closed its doors for even one single day. Home of more than a dozen all natural draft beers.
Most brewed on the premises, incl. the unique Arugam Bay Surfer’s Beer, up to 12.5%. Also Strawberry Pils, Mango Beers, Lemon/Lime Zest Beers. All with real local fruits added to the brewing process.

All UK sports events live on 3 huge screens. Music and Art nights, Home of the first beachfront Full Moon Parties in S.E. Asia, years before Koh Phangan & Hat Rin. Fine Fish & Chips, authentic Thai Restaurant attached to a Multi Media Centre and Visitors Information Bureau operated on a non profit basis for the benefit of the entire Community.
The Siam View was the only functioning place on the devastated East Coast after the 2004 Tsunami and served as Red Cross Centre and self- help Community point.
Is diflucan the best treatment for a yeast infection Two original British phone boxes are believed to be the only ones on the island, standing proud in front of the Establishment. The K6 is OK, the K2 was washed away 5 years before and never found again. The Macclesfield Express carried part of a very interested story in 2007 when a tourist discovered his own Stockport phone kiosk in remote Arugam Bay and it was revealed how it ended up in Ceylon.
Fred, the owner, also is the founder of the local Hotel Association. Self-help web sites like www.arugam.info have been instrumental in spreading the word: “Arugam Bay” to a wider audience. How much does cephalexin cost without insurance “Arugam Surf” also is Sri Lanka’s most successful (non political…) Facebook page with near 10,000 members (as of November 2009).

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12 Responses to “AbaY Hotel nominated for Best of British Award”

  • I think the admin of this website is truly working hard for his web page, since here every material is quality based data.

  • Many congratulations on being chosen as a Best in Country Winner in The Telegraph’s Best of British Awards!
    The Siam View Hotel is now not only classed as the best Pub / Bar in Sri Lanka, but is now in with a chance of becoming the Best in the World.
    The shortlists of winners and other commended establishments from 47 countries are now live on The Telegraph’s Best of British site, which can be accessed via http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat. All Best in Country winners go through to the next and final round of the competition, to select the best in the world.
    As with the previous round, the judges will take into consideration the comments that each establishment has received and the quality of their nomination page, as well as the number of votes received.
    All those who voted for you in the first round can now vote again for you at this world showdown stage, so to boost your chances please get them and your other patrons to log on to the site as soon as possible and get clicking. Voting in this rounds ends on March 15.
    The world winners will be announced at the Best of British Awards ceremony on April 22nd at in London. With more than 100 country winners, sadly we can’t meet the costs of air fares or accommodation, but there is an open invitation for you to attend, should you wish to make it. If you would be interested in coming, then please reply to this email expressing your interest.
    We will shortly be sending you a certificate recording your Best in Country victory to display in your establishment should you wish. Congratulations again on your success so far, and good luck with your quest for world domination.
    With best wishes

    Richard Ellis, Publisher
    The Telegraph

  • I really true. I love your site ! thanks for the story

  • Hi Fred,it was the Widder,there was an old man who cooked the late night dinner.We felt that you are lonesome wolf in that time and missed your wife.We stayed in the galaxy for 8 days,seemed like we were that time the only tourist.We had a nice time,but I hope that abay will be more growded next time.your invitation is accepted,yust looking for the right time.I have contact to Naleen from tsunami since that time and yust send him a e-book to get closer to the net and clients.
    So cu for a Kölsch or Altbier in your location.
    I hope that we will get a nice thai-food,because we yust came back from thailand.
    Wish you and your family all the best.I think this page is the first step to the world.
    cu tom

  • Thanks, Tom, for your nice words of encuragement.
    If the b’day you recall was one of an Aries (“Widder”), I am even more surprised. Because March/April was a bad time for us. I was home alone, ‘my’ two girls attended the cremation of their mother/ Our last living relative also gone….so who cooked the meal? I was on a diet, in every sense of the word 😉
    Drop in again!
    I’ll buy you a cool. draft, fresh beer, anytime!
    Looking forward to a much better 2010

  • hi fred,
    we visit you on your birthday last year and smoked a very good cigar!you remember?it was an evening changing my life.after 30 years visit arugam bay again.there has been nearly nothing after the war and the tsunami.but all the people we meet gave us the heartliest welcome we ever got on this plant.naleen from tsunami phoned to you and you wake up your cook in the middle of the night because we felt hungry.you opened your roof top terrace for us.we never meet before but we felt like coming home.that was great.hope your new websites and the business in abay will grow up again.i/we will visit you soon and maybe we can help you in any way.so,stay happy and healthy.
    cu soon

  • Thinking of an east coast trip. Just for kicks even though the surf might not be there 🙂

  • Thanx for the info..

  • I like your writing style thanks for the info -cheers-

  • Hi C.F.,
    If you are on a very tight budget, look at this good site:
    All you could possibly wish to know about Arugam Bay is actually already here, on arugam.info . Here to be seen by all. We created this site as an open info and discussion forum. But now it is far too confusing, we know that. The last main act I am planning is to clean this site up. And to make all facts, links and reports easier to find. Drop down menus are what I would like to do, but it seems not that simple.
    If you are not on a budget, it still is pretty hard to spend a huge fortune in what the Bay has to offer so far.
    Fred & Family
    SVH Team

  • hi fred,

    Me and ma friend are planning on a trip to Abay and would like to know how long do you think will be a appropriate time period for a perfect trip in Abay. and how much do you think will be expensenses per person for the stay. and by the way we are local.


  • Dear AbaY Lovers & Friends,
    Perhaps this Best of Brits nomination sounds a bit over-the-top, considering that the SVH is nothing but a humble beach-side, Tsu…- knocked little shed. But we need to stir things up, cause interest and provoke some discussions. This ‘nomination’ seems to me another interesting and over all: FREE! way to continue the work promoting our remote area.
    All are welcome to be on board.
    Any time.
    At AbaY

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