Pub defending regional title

Staff at the Shibden Mill Inn, which has been shortlisted for Yorkshire's Favorite Pub.
Staff at the Shibden Mill Inn, which has been shortlisted for Yorkshire's Favorite Pub.
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Halifax’s 17th century Shibden Mill Inn is in the running to be crowned Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub for the second year running.

The competition is run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.

Thirty pubs made it onto the original shortlist voted for by the public before a panel of judges narrowed the field to 15.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The response has been amazing. The first stage of voting attracted 1,000 more votes than last year.

“The judges found it a real challenge in narrowing down the 30 to a final list for the public to vote a favourite from as the standard was so exceptionally high.

“Ultimately, every pub in the top 30 should be congratulated – and I hope the final 15 pubs will now be out encouraging their supporters to vote again to help bring home the title.

“Pubs play a vital role in local communities as well as the Yorkshire tourism economy and we know we have some of the best in Britain.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to vote online for their favourite to help us find a winner.”

Shibden Mill general manager Glen Pearson said last year’s success very much raised the pub’s profile.

“It was a tremendous boost to the business and staff,” he said.

“There was a marked increase in trade after the award.”

The 15 finalists are: Buck Hotel, Richmond; Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, Thirsk; Durham Ox, Crayke, near York; Forresters Arms, Carlton-in-Coverdale, Leyburn; Fox and Hounds, West Witton, Leyburn; Goodmanham Arms, Market Weighton; Grove Inn, Huddersfield; Old Horns, Sheffield; Rose & Crown, Hoylandswaine, Barnsley; Scotts Arms, Wetherby; Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax; The Fleece, Otley; The Lion, Settle; The White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire; and the Town Hall Tavern, Leeds.

Voting is now open to find this year’s top pub and people have until July 2 to cast their votes.

Go to www.yorkshire.com/pub to show your support.