The crème de la crème of Yorkshire businesses turned out to celebrate the best of the region’s tourism at a fantastic awards ceremony last night.
Both Rudding Park and the Yorkshire Show bagged a win for Harrogate.
More than 1,000 people attended Welcome to Yorkshire’s Big Night Out at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
The White Rose 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 the Art and Culture award.
Guests were wowed by performances from the Yorkshire Regiment Band, dancers Glo-men, aerial acrobats Urban Angels and stunning vocals by soprano schoolgirl Emmie Beckett
The night also recognised a successful year for Yorkshire’s rugby league stars Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Hull FC and the Bradford Bulls’ women, who attended on the night to share their celebration with everyone and show off their trophies.
Champion featherweight boxer Josh Warrington was among the guests, fresh from his latest win in the ring the previous weekend.
Legendary cricketer Ryan Sidebottom who retired this year was also honoured at the awards as he was made a Yorkshire Patron.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
The White Rose Awards are a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the wonderful Yorkshire businesses who work so hard to make this county a world-class visitor destination.
Without the amazing efforts of these businesses, Yorkshire wouldn’t be the success it is – it really is a group effort that goes in to making the county a destination that people want to visit again and again.
Chair of the independent panel of judges, Professor Colin Mellors 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.
The White Rose Awards are a fitting opportunity to celebrate some of Yorkshire’s finest businesses.
Heather Parry of Yorkshire Agricultural Society, who run the Great Yorkshire Show, said:
We were delighted that the Great Yorkshire Show won the Tourism Event of the Year, recognising the significant economic and social impact it has on the community.
Peter Banks, Rudding Park Managing Director commented:
It has been a phenomenally busy and successful year for Rudding Park, following the launch of our new spa in May. In the last month alone we have been voted Best UK Spa Hotel by The Sunday Times, Horto Restaurant was awarded 3 AA Rosettes and to win Large Hotel of the Year at the White Rose Awards is the icing on the cake. This award means a great deal to the whole Rudding Park team who work incredibly hard
to exceed the expectations of every guest. We are delighted and of course particularly proud to be representing Yorkshire.
- 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
- 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