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Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards return for 2022

26 January 2022

The Harrogate’s Hospitality and Tourism Awards will go ahead in 2022.

They were started  in 2008 by local hoteliers Simon Cotton and David Ritson along with the support of Harrogate’s Hotel Association.

The Awards themselves will be given out at a black tie dinner and party on Monday 6 June 2022 at the Royal Hall.

David and Simon urging everyone to get involved in this year.

David Ritson said:

We appreciate that recent times have been difficult and that our industry has been affected as much as most. It is time to look to the future and rewarding your people by nominating them for these awards is a great accolade for them and a good opportunity to celebrate success with them.

Simon Cotton said:

It was awful when we had to cancel the awards due to Covid, however I think this has just fuelled a build-up of emotions by people who want to get out and celebrate and thank those around them and if I’ve been asked once recently ‘when are the awards are coming back?.

I’ve been asked a hundred times. This shows how important these awards are to those who enter and ultimately the winners of each category; I still feel very proud whenever I walk in a business and see them displaying their award trophies.

We are looking for everyone in the tourism industry to join us again this year and get behind the awards; from the larger companies to independents, teams and individuals, we have an award that covers all that is great about the district, so we urge you to vote now for your favourite!

Supported by the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Association (Formerly Destination Harrogate), an association of venues in the town, these awards celebrate and reward outstanding individuals and teams who truly represent the Harrogate district.

The twelve award categories are:

  • Waiter/Waitress of the Year
  • Bar Person of the Year
  • Chef of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Harrogate Ambassador
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • Unsung Hero
  • Best Achievement of the Year
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Bar of the Year
  • Receptionist of the Year


  1. Waiter of the Year (maitre de!) would be Dom from Sasso.

    He’s a legend and hospitality runs through his veins.

    Always welcoming and knows so many regulars by name.

    The perfect host.

  2. Restaurant of the year must be Stuzzi.

    Always seasonal. Always fresh. Always wonderful food served in friendly, fun and informal surroundings.

  3. Little Ale House.

    The team just get everything right.

    Everything they serve has been chosen with care. As you’d expect, great beer, but they are more than that with a choice of fabulous wines and good gin too!!

    Wonderful friendly atmosphere. Just love it!

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