Yorkshire people are being invited to nominate their favourite pub in one of the biggest competitions ever to find the county’s most popular local.
Voting for Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2013 is now open and organiser Welcome to Yorkshire is encouraging people across Yorkshire to tell them which their favourite pub is and why.
Maybe your local should be toasted for its warm welcome or perhaps it’s raising the bar when it comes to family friendliness – whatever it is, have your say.
The public can vote now at www.yorkshire.com/pub and say in 20 words why their nomination is worthy of the title until May 12.
White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale, was crowned the 2012 winner and joint-owner Christine Cullen said:
Winning a competition of this size was amazing for us and a major honour. It’s had a real positive effect on business too, which is brilliant. It’s been great for promoting Yorkshire pubs on the whole which can only be a good thing. We’d definitely encourage people to get involved this year – we will be!
Last year, the competition attracted over 6,000 votes in total for hundreds of different pubs – proving there still is a huge passion for pubs in the UK’s biggest county.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
We are proud to say we have the best pubs right here in Yorkshire and we know there is a huge passion for them. That’s why we want everyone to have their say and tell us about the local they love. It just takes a few seconds – about the time it takes to pull a good pint!
Your favourite pub might be at the core of the community, or pull a great local pint or does fantastic food. Where ever and whatever – let us know. This is a great way to help promote your local as pubs play a key role in tourism and this competition is a celebration of that.
The first round of votes will result in a top 30 list of pubs, which are set to be included in a Yorkshire Ale Trail, produced by Welcome to Yorkshire. A panel of judges will then select 10 finalist pubs from this shortlist and the public will have the chance to vote again for an overall winner from June 1, using a simple click voting system, until June 30.
That winning pub, plus runners up, will be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show – and handed the trophy of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2012.