Best pub shortlist revealed for Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards
The six finalists have been revealed in the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (Reyta) pub of the year competition.
The celebrating six who will go forward to the grand final in March are; The Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield; The Falling Stone, Thwing; The Roos Arms, Roos;
The Lion & Key, High Street, Hull Old Town; The Wellington Inn, Russell Street, Hull, and The Goodmanham Arms, Goodmanham, near Market Weighton.
Paul Vinsen, co-ordinator of the Reyta awards on behalf of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “There are some great shortlisted entries in the pubs category, covering both urban and rural areas, and all of them highlight the tremendous efforts that go into running what remain such a vital part of our communities.
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“Successful pubs have adapted and changed to keep in step with an evolving society and what are challenging economic times. Sadly, more and more pubs are closing all the time but what our entrants have shown is that it is possible to not just adapt and survive but to adapt and thrive.
“All offer a tremendous visitor experience and recognise those important elements of excellent hospitality and customer service, high-quality facilities, excellent selection of food and drink and excellent hospitality and customer service.
“The Hull Daily Mail has played an important part in highlighting the excellent pubs to be found throughout Hull and East Yorkshire and over the next few weeks their mystery customer will have a hard job in helping VHEY select its ultimate winner, to be revealed on the awards evening.
“But I cannot stress enough the important role pubs play in contributing to the long-term sustainability of the local community.”
Visit Hull & East Yorkshire tourism manager Andy Gray added that the awards were shaping up to be the best yet with a record response from local businesses willing to take part across all the Reyta categories.
He said: “There has been a fantastic response and these are the most hotly contested Reytas since the awards began four years ago.”
The Reytas were established four years ago to celebrate the best in the region’s tourism, an industry which is worth an estimated £615m to the East Yorkshire economy.
The Mail is again sponsoring the best pub category in 2013. Mystery customers will be visiting each of the shortlisted pubs between now and the middle of February to pick the eventual winner.
Jamie Macaskill, Hull Daily Mail assistant editor, said he was delighted with the response to the awards, with more than 20 pubs from across East Yorkshire entering.
He said: “It was a really tough decision to whittle it down to a shortlist of just six with so many great pubs taking part.
“We had pubs from across the East Riding entering, from little country pubs to bustling city centre watering holes, showing what a great range of truly remarkable pubs we have here.
“In the end, the six finalists show the best the region has to offer – great pubs serving great food and drink at the very hearts of their communities – and
"I’m sure it’s going to be a hard task for the judges to pick an eventual winner with such quality on show.”