Richmondshire companies among winners at White Rose Awards

The 2019 White Rose Awards winners.

Richmondshire companies were among the winners at last night’s White Rose Awards.

The winners included the Wensleydale Creamery which got a silver in the Taste of England category and the Wensleydale Heifer, in West Witton, which won silver in the Small Hotel category.

Brompton Lakes got silver in the Self -Catering Accommodation of the Year, while the George and Dragon at Hudswell won bronze in the Pub of the Year category.

Elsewhere, Cottage in the Dales won silver in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award.

This year’s event was the biggest yet with more awards up for grabs than ever before; 103 finalists battled it out to win in 19 categories with a number of brand-new awards including Accessible and Inclusive Tourism, Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism and an International Tourism Award added to the list.

This year also saw the introduction of the Gold, Silver, Bronze award system allowing the judges to recognise the achievements of more Yorkshire businesses.

It also means more opportunities for finalists to progress through to the national tourism awards run by Visit England.

Chair of judges Elaine Lemm said: “It’s been fantastic to see all these wonderful businesses who work so hard giving visitors to Yorkshire the best experience possible and ultimately keep them coming back year on year.

“These businesses go above and beyond, and it’s been brilliant to see them get the recognition they deserve.

“The partnership with Visit England means most of tonight’s winners go through to the national finals and I’m certain from the incredible standard we’ve had here tonight we’ll be seeing many national awards coming home to Yorkshire.”

Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, Peter Box said: “I couldn’t have been prouder to have been a part of tonight’s White Rose Awards to see the very best in Yorkshire tourism honoured for their huge amount of hard work and dedication to making Yorkshire one of the best places to visit in the world.

“Every single winner whether they got a bronze, silver or gold should be incredibly proud.”

Former Sheffield United, Leeds United and Bradford City player turned Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara performed two festive favourites from his debut album Here’s to Christmas, at the first direct Arena.

Hosted by former Emmerdale actor Natalie Anderson and broadcaster Rich Williams the glitzy ceremony, which is the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, went off with a bang thanks to fantastic performances from Leeds West Indian Carnival, high energy street dance crew Scandalous from Huddersfield, and upcoming South Yorkshire pop star Charlotte Hannah.

There was a Great British Bake-Off reunion as Yorkshire stars Dan Chambers, Amelia Le Bruin and Helena Garcia came to celebrate with the winners.

White Rose Award Winners 2019

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

GOLD: The Deep, Hull

SILVER: Hull Truck Theatre

BRONZE: Cottage in the Dales, Leyburn


Arts & Culture Award

GOLD: Hull Truck Theatre

SILVER: Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull

BRONZE: Emma Stothard Sculpture, Whitby


B&B and Guest House of the Year

GOLD: The Barn, Monk Fryston

SILVER: Grassfield Hall, Pateley Bridge

BRONZE: Woodlands Farm, Northallerton


Business Events Venue of the Year

GOLD: Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton

SILVER: The Grand, York

BRONZE: Inox – The University of Sheffield


Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

GOLD: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton

SILVER: Vale of Pickering Caravan Park

BRONZE: Patrington Haven Leisure Park Hull


Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

GOLD: William’s Den, North Cave

SILVER: Fodder, Harrogate

BRONZE: Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens


Experience of the Year

GOLD: Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery, Hull


BRONZE: Leeds Cookery School


Inns & Restaurants with Rooms Award

GOLD: Manor House Lindley, Lindley

SILVER: The Star Inn at Harome

BRONZE: Estbek House, Whitby


International Tourism Award

GOLD: Castle Howard, York

SILVER: Visit York

BRONZE: The Grand, York


Large Hotel of the Year

GOLD: The Grand, York

SILVER: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Skipton

BRONZE: Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton

SILVER: York Maze

BRONZE: RSPB Bempton Cliffs


New Tourism Business Award

GOLD: William’s Den, North Cave

SILVER: Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery, Hull

BRONZE: Bonus Arena, Hull


Producers and Makers Award

GOLD: York Emporium

SILVER: Puckett’s Pickles, York

BRONZE: Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery, Hull


Pub of the Year

GOLD: The Durham Ox, Crayke

SILVER: The Millers Bar, Brighouse

BRONZE: The George and Dragon, Hudswell


Self -Catering Accommodation of the Year

GOLD: Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington

SILVER: Brompton Lakes, near Richmond

BRONZE: Smallshaw Cottages & Spa, Sheffield


Small Hotel of the Year

GOLD: Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant, York

SILVER: The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

BRONZE: Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

GOLD: Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Hunmanby

SILVER: Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery, Hull

BRONZE: Go Ape Dalby


Taste of England Award

GOLD: The Star Inn at Harome

SILVER: Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

BRONZE: The Pheasant Hotel, Harome


Tourism Event Award

GOLD: Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

SILVER: Hallowscream at York Maze

BRONZE: Springtime Live, Harrogate