Castle Howard take home White Rose Award

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Castle Howard and Ryedale Folk Museum walked away with top honours at Monday night’s White Rose Awards in Leeds.

Around 1,000 guests, including Emmerdale stars, pro-cyclists Dean and Russell Downing and singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin, attended the black tie dinner at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The world is now waking up to Yorkshire and our awards recognise the amazing achievements of our fantastic tourism businesses that make the county what it is today.

“They collectively help make visitors’ trips to Yorkshire enjoyable, memorable and special. The welcome people receive is matched only by their visitor experience and that’s what helps set Yorkshire apart from the rest.

“All our winners should be rightly proud of their achievement and everyone shortlisted should know that they are there on merit and making it this far is to be applauded.”

Fittingly for the royalty-themed event, it was a castle that scooped the award for best large visitor attraction, with the gong going to Castle Howard near Malton.

The small visitor attraction prize went to Ryedale Folk Museum.

The Taste of Yorkshire award was presented to Yorkshire Provender soups of Ripon, while medieval drinking hall the House of the Trembling Madness in York city centre, close to the Minster, was toasted as the region’s best pub.

The prize for the best restaurant was awarded to 1884 Dock Street Kitchen in Hull, where chef/patron James Allcock wowed judges with his innovative, ever-evolving modern British menu.

The panel was equally impressed with the delectable fare served up by boutique bed and breakfast Yorebridge House in the picturesque Dales village of Bainbridge, which was named the best restaurant with rooms.

Wentbridge House Hotel in Pontefract and Swinton Park in Masham were named the best large and small hotels, respectively.

The best bed and breakfast award went to Low Mill Guest House, a Grade II listed, late 18th Century corn mill in Bainbridge. All Seasons Guest House in Filey was highly commended.

Rustic glamping spot Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, Masham, with its collection of woodland shacks, meadow yurts and barn houses, was named the best caravan and camping park, while idyllic waterside retreat Brompton Lakes lodges took home the prize for best self-catering accommodation.

Preserving a medieval tradition and attracting thousands of visitors to the city, last year’s York Mystery Plays were named the best tourism event, while Northern Ballet in Leeds picked up the arts and culture prize.

The trophy for outstanding customer service was awarded to children’s play park and ropes course Web Adventure Park in York.

The award for business tourism went to The Spa, Bridlington, while the prize for the best visitor information went to Doncaster Tourist Information Centre.

Judges sifted through a record number of entries this year, with nearly 300 hotels, restaurants, pubs and attractions putting themselves forward - a quarter of which had never entered before.

The winners were whittled down from a shortlist of around 100 by an independent panel of judges including former Yorkshire Post editor Peter Charlton, AA area manager and senior hotel and restaurant inspector Andrew Ford and food writer Elaine Lemm.