The Carpenters Arms has been named the winner of this year’s Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition.
The pub, based at Felixkirk near Thirsk, came out top from the public vote which saw a total of 10,000 people voting for their favourite watering hole.
Hundreds of people packed into the Welcome to Yorkshire tent on the showground to hear the announcement, with the team from Carpenters Arms whopping with delight when their name was announced.
The pub narrowly defeated the Woolly Sheep at Skipton, who came second and Foresters Arms, Carlton-in-Coverdale, who came third.
The competition – run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire in partnership with the Yorkshire Post – began in March and the first round of voting saw the public make around 4,300 nominations for more than 700 different pubs.
Ben Turner and Deborah Whitwell, staff at the pub, collected the award from television weatherman Paul Hudson and spoke of their shock at the victory.
“It is a big surprise, we did not expect that,” said Ms Whitwell.
Mr Turner said that the award underscored the importance of village pubs in rural societies.
“Without pubs in village communities there would be no communities. We need them to act as a hub.”
Michael Ibbotson, from The Carpenters Arms’ management team, said: “It is brilliant to have won – and we’re over the moon! We must say a huge thanks to all the staff and everyone who voted for us. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it’s amazing for everyone involved with the pub to get this recognition.”
The top 30 most popular have been featured in a new Yorkshire Ale Trail – and that list of 30 was then narrowed down by judges to a final 12 for the public to vote for an overall winner.
And after a final round of voting and around 5,200 more votes, a winner was found.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said he had recently been singing the praises of Yorkshire’s pub trade during a recent visit to France ahead of the Tour de France, describing the region as “Europe’s beer capital”.
“If there was ever any doubt that pubs still play a vital role in their local community, then this competition is proof of how important they are.
“We’ve, yet again, had an incredible response from pubs and the public and we’d like to thank everyone who has put themselves forward or cast a vote. We not only have a very worthy winner in this great pub, but also 30 fantastic places to sample drinks and food right across our great county.
“Our aim for this competition is to celebrate and promote pubs across Yorkshire – and every pub involved should be rightly proud of the excellent service they provide and their important contribution to the economy in Yorkshire.”
Other finalists included The Anvil Inn in Sawden, The Bay Horse in Hutton Rudby, Broadfield Ale House in Sheffield, The Buck Inn in Reeth, The Castle Inn at Skipton, The Chemic Tavern in Leeds, The Chequers Inn at Ledsham near Leeds, The One Eyed Rat in Ripon and the Telegraph Inn in Bridlington.
The Ale Trail is being sponsored by the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham.
Jo Theakston from the brewery, said: “We truly believe that Yorkshire has some of the finest pubs in the UK which have a perfect blend of great food and drink, complete with a warm and memorable welcome to visitors.
“This competition and new trail are fantastic ways of promoting pubs while inspiring visitors for places to try out and enjoy for themselves.”