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Drovers Arms shortlisted for visit York Tourism Awards

A North Yorkshire public house – whose fortunes have been totally transformed by its new owners – has been shortlisted for a Visit York Tourism Award.

The Drovers Arms at Skipwith, situated on the edge of one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England – is a finalist in this year’s pub/bar category.

Since taking over the 19th century inn, Graham Usher and Martin Firth have made it a must visit destination for food and real ale lovers alike.

The emphasis has changed from being “just another pub” to one that serves up traditional, homemade dishes, coupled with a selection of award-winning cask-conditioned ales.

Last July – just six months after taking over the business – The Drovers Arms was named as one of the winners of the Trip Advisor Excellence Awards for 2014, and in January this year, it picked up the Punch Taverns Best New Business Award for the North.

Mr Usher said: “We are very excited to be shortlisted for the Visit York Tourism Awards. Just being named as a finalist is a real feather in our cap and  it’s testament to the super work our team has done and continues to do.”

Mr Firth said: “Running any business is a challenge, but being recognised for our efforts by Visit York makes it worthwhile, and gives everyone a lift.

“This is the first time we have entered the awards and we are certainly looking forward to the awards dinner.”

The Visit York Tourism awards ceremony is being held on June 3 at the National Railway Museum. 

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The Drovers Arms owners Martin Firth (far left) and Graham Usher (far right) with Graham’s children Elizabeth (back middle), Millie and George

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