Glittering night for Yorkshire’s tourism stars

The very best of Yorkshire’s tourism businesses have been honoured at a glittering awards ceremony in Harrogate.

More than 1,100 people attended Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards at the brand new Hall One at the Yorkshire Centre, in Harrogate – the first awards dinner to be held at the venue.

The awards, which are the UK’s largest celebration of tourism, saw businesses from across the county go head to head in 17 different categories, from Restaurant of the Year, to Outstanding Customer Service.

Guests were also treated to one-off musical performances from James Bond and Annie, as well as appearances from Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes and stars from Emmerdale and the Channel 5 series, The Yorkshire Vet.


Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

Yorkshire is very much on the must visit list for many people, and much of this is down to the wonderful people and businesses that help to make this county a world class visitor destination.

The White Rose Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their hard work and efforts in going the extra mile to help raise the bar nationally.


Chair of the independent panel of judges, Professor Colin Mellors, added:

The standard of entries gets stronger and stronger every year, making it very difficult to choose the winners, and those who are highly commended.

To be shortlisted is a real achievement in itself, so to win a White Rose Award, a business has truly gone above and beyond.


  • Yorkshire of the Year – The Coach and Horses, Harrogate
  • Business Tourism Award – Pavilions of Harrogate
  • Restaurant with Rooms – The Star Inn at Harome
  • Large Attraction – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • Taste of Yorkshire – Keelham Farm Shop, Bradford and Skipton
  • Arts and Culture Award – Yorkshire Young Sinfonia
  • Visitor Information – Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre
  • Self-catering – Cottage in the Dales, Wensleydale
  • Caravan and Holiday Park – Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges,
  • Small Hotel – The Pheasant Hotel, Harome
  • Guest Accommodation – Low Mill Guesthouse, Bainbridge
  • Makers and Producers – Sloemotion, near Malton
  • Small Attraction – National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley
  • Restaurant of the Year – The Hare Restaurant, Scawton
  • Outstanding Customer Service – Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Harrogate
  • Large Hotel – The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey
  • Tourism Event of the Year – Flying Scotsman, Yorkshire-wide


Highly Commended:

  • Business Tourism Award – York Conferences
  • Restaurant with Rooms – Prashad, Drighlington, near Leeds
  • Large Attraction – Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth
  • Taste of Yorkshire – Yorkshire Food Finder, York
  • Arts and Culture Award – Swaledale Festival
  • Visitor Information – Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centre, Hessle
  • Self-catering – Broadgate Farm Cottages, Beverley
  • Caravan and Holiday Park – Humble Bee Farm, Scarborough
  • Guest Accommodation – Grassfield Hall, Pateley Bridge
  • Makers and Producers – Dalesbred, Settle
  • Small Attraction – National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield
  • Outstanding Customer Service – The 36. Riding Redefined, Harrogate
  • Tourism Event of the Year – Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

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