The annual Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards took place on 30 October and we were delighted to be chosen as finalists for the second year in a row.

Sally Dexter and Michelle Hodgson at the White Rose Awards

The prestigious awards were this year held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds – a spacious venue suitable for the 1,000+ guests who attend every year, making it the largest celebration of tourism and businesses in the UK.

There were 17 different categories for the awards – this year we were moved from Arts & Culture to Tourism Event of the Year, which went to worthy winners, the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate.

The Awards were hosted by Harry Gration and Amy Garcia from BBC Look North and entertainment included Yorkshire performance artists and an exclusive screening of a new film promoting the county from Welcome to Yorkshire.

Our Festival team very much enjoyed bumping into Sally Dexter – Emmerdale’s Faith Dingle – at the drinks reception, and also the fantastic dinner, from a menu by chef Simon Gueller of The Box Tree, Ilkley.

Professor Colin Mellors, the chair of judging panel, said: “Given the tough competition, this year’s winners deserve our warmest congratulations. The region’s visitor economy goes from strength to strength and our tourism businesses provide sector-leading levels of service and hospitality.”

Winners:
Yorkshire Pub of the Year – The Bay Tree, Stillington, York
Business Tourism Award – The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
Restaurant with Rooms – Estbek House, Whitby
Large Attraction – Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon
Taste of Yorkshire – Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
Arts and Culture Award – Hull Truck Theatre
Visitor Information – Bridlington Tourist Information Centre
Self-catering – Smallshaw Cottages and Spa, Sheffield
Caravan and Holiday Park – Camp Katur, Bedale
Small Hotel – Yorebridge House, Leyburn
Guest Accommodation – Low Mill Guesthouse, Bainbridge
Makers and Producers – Yorkshire Dama Cheese, Sowerby Bridge
Small Attraction – Scampston Hall and Walled Garden, Malton
Restaurant of the Year – The Pheasant Hotel, Helmsley
Outstanding Customer Service – Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract
Large Hotel – Rudding Park, Harrogate
Tourism Event of the Year – Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate

Highly Commended:
Business Tourism Award – National Railway Museum, York
Large Attraction – National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Yorkshire Pub of the Year – The Bruce Arms, West Tanfield, Ripon
Taste of Yorkshire – Miller’s Fish and Chips, York
Arts and Culture Award – Spear at Semerwater – Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes
Self-catering – Lendal Tower, York
Caravan and Holiday Park – Vale of Pickering Caravan Park
Small Attraction – The Georgian Theatre Experience, Richmond
Outstanding Customer Service – Tong Garden Centre, Bradford
Restaurant of the Year – The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley
Tourism Event of the Year – Wakefield Festival of Food Drink and Rhubarb

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