Finalists named in hunt for best B&B

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IT IS those little touches that can make a weekend away the most memorable.

And now the bed and breakfasts with the best bacon, plumpest pillows and comfiest beds will battle it out to be crowned York’s top B&B.

Visit York has announced the five finalists vying for the title of York’s best bed and breakfast in the 2014 Visit York Tourism Awards, which recognise the cream of the crop in tourism across the city. The nominees are The Bar Convent, Bishops, Carlton House, Deighton Lodge and The Golden Fleece.

Damian Cruden, the city’s tourism ambassador and artistic director at York Theatre Royal, said: “We’ve all got fond memories of a place we stayed where the owners made us feel very special. It’s so important for all of us in business in the city that our visitors have a happy and comfortable stay and I’d like to congratulate our five finalists and wish them the best of luck.”

For the first time, York’s best B&B will be decided upon by the public. Finalists will featured on Visit York’s Facebook site and Twitter feed and votes can also be made at

Winners will be announced in May.

The head of Visit York, Kate McMullen, said: “In a growing global tourism market, it’s vitally important we recognise and acknowledge excellence to ensure York retains its competitive edge.”

York’s tourism industry was given a boost last week as Bootham Crescent was named the best in the country for holiday accommodation by Quality in Tourism (QiT), the assessment service provider for VisitEngland.