Great Yorkshire Show: We name Yorkshire’s favourite pub

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PUB owner Gil Richardson has expressed her honour in being recognised as the region’s favourite inn at the 158th Great Yorkshire Show.

The Bull Inn at West Tanfield, near Ripon, has been a runner-up in the Welcome to Yorkshire contest twice before, but this year the pub took the top title, awarded to them by Yorkshire cricket legend Geoff Boycott.

Gil Richardson, landlady of the Bull Inn West Tanfield, with Geoffrey Boycott and Yorkshire Rows Janette Benaddi and Helen Butters. .Picture by Simon Hulme

Gil Richardson, landlady of the Bull Inn West Tanfield, with Geoffrey Boycott and Yorkshire Rows Janette Benaddi and Helen Butters. .Picture by Simon Hulme

More than 18,000 people voted this year and some 700 pubs were nominated in the competition, which was organised in association with The Yorkshire Post, and has been run for six years.

Ms Richardson said: “It’s not three times a bridesmaid and never a bride, we’ve actually become the bride!

“It’s such a wonderful accolade because there is such strong competition, there are so many good, professionally-run pubs and the fact that we’re number one is fantastic.”

She has been running the Bull Inn with her partner, Phil Spellacy, for the last four years, but said she owed their success to their punters and the pub’s location.

She said: “What is amazing about the Bull is it’s location it’s so beautiful, it’s right down near the river and has the 18th century bridge in the garden.

“Phil spent years in the garden making sure everything is right.

“I mean it’s not perfect, it’s all a bit dishevelled, but it’s homely somehow so I think that’s one of the main things.

“I don’t think I do anything special, what I love about the Bull is that it really is a traditional pub, with great folk that come in and they make the atmosphere.

“It’s nothing to do with bricks and mortar, I mean we do a mean steak pie but you know the main thing is the people.”

A total of 12 pubs in the region were shortlisted and the competition saw the Durham Ox at Crayke come second, and the Fairfax Arms in Gilling East land third.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chairman, Sir Gary Verity, dubbed Yorkshire as the “beer county”.

He said: “There’s so many great pubs that if nothing else it gives people an opportunity to say okay that’s the top 12, let’s go round and make sure we’ve tried them all.”