The votes have been cast, the judges have deliberated and the final short list for the first ever Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition can finally be unveiled.
From quaint watering holes in the Yorkshire Dales to popular city centre saloons, a final 12 pubs have been named in the quest to find the most popular hostelry in the region.
Organised by Yorkshire’s tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire, in association with the Yorkshire Post and the BBC, people have been for the last few weeks been nominating their favourite pubs via the Yorkshire Post website.
The process has seen literally hundreds of votes having been cast for pubs all over Yorkshire.
Voting closed late last month with judges having now whittled down a final short list for the public to vote on for the overall venue. The polls will open from this Tuesday with the public to be given the final say to crown Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The judges found it hugely challenging in getting the top 30 down to a final list for the public to vote a favourite from, as the standard was so high.
“We felt these final 12 pubs represent a good spread of establishments right across the county. The comments voters sent in about these were so heartfelt and full of pride, all which contributed to the decision making process.
“Ultimately, every pub in the top 30 should be congratulated – and I hope the final 12 pubs will now be out encouraging their supporters to vote again to help bring home the title.”
The overall winner will be announced at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show between July 12 and 14. The final short list of pubs is:
Shibden Mill, Shibden, Halifax: A 17th century inn is steeped in history, renovated to retain its original charm and character by its present owners.
Farmers Arms, Muker, Upper Swaledale: A traditional Dales pub with a strong local following as well as walkers.
George and Dragon, Hudswell, North Yorkshire: Not many pubs can boast an acre of gardens. Commands views over the Swale valley.
Shoulder of Mutton, Kirkby Overblow, Harrogate: Boasts a relaxed atmosphere and you can browse in The Shoulder Shop which offers a locally sourced fresh meat counter.
The Angel Inn, Hetton, near Skipton: Some parts of the pub are over 500 years old so are full of charm and history. Has won awards for its food.
Durham Ox, Westway, Crayke, York: Award-winning traditional pub with flag stone floors, exposed beams, oak panelling and roaring fires.
Black Swan Inn, York: Offers Ghost Suppers for those who go on York Horror tours.
The Anvil Inn, Sawdon: Colourful bar area that used to be an old blacksmith’s workshop. All their cask and bottled beers are brewed in the county.
One Eyed Rat, Ripon: A traditional real ale pub famous for its old fashioned charm. Has been found in the Good Beer Guide for the last 10 years
The Adelphi, Leeds: Both everybody’s local and one of Leeds’s best kept secrets simultaneously. Based just yards from the old Tetley brewery.
The Black Swan, Brandesburton, Driffield: A family-friendly country pub serving excellent home-cooked food and real ales.
The Milestone, Sheffield: Sheffield’s first true gastro pub, named as one of Gordon Ramsay’s best restaurants in 2010.
Voting opens tomorrow and will remain open until July 6. To vote follow the Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub link at www.yorkshirepost.co.uk.
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