Shibden Mill Inn celebrates being Yorkshire’s favourite

Top of the pubs: Shibden Mill Inn owner Simon Heaton, left, and general manager Glen Pearson, right, with their award for Yorkshire's Favourite Pub, which they picked up at the Great Yorkshire Show
Top of the pubs: Shibden Mill Inn owner Simon Heaton, left, and general manager Glen Pearson, right, with their award for Yorkshire's Favourite Pub, which they picked up at the Great Yorkshire Show

Good staff and a welcoming atmosphere is the secret to being Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub, according to the owner of the Shibden Mill Inn.

Simon Heaton was joined by his general manager Glen Pearson to pick up the award at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

“It’s fantastic to get this award. It’s taken a lot of hard work and it’s not an overnight thing,” said Mr Heaton.

“Our staff are very welcoming and and we have a relaxed atmosphere in a great building.”

Twelve pubs were shortlisted for the award, organised by tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, and the general public were asked to vote online for their favourite.

Mr Heaton said: “We are called an inn because we have guest rooms but we are in the mould of a traditional pub with good quality real ales plus some really excellent food.

“We weren’t sure if we’d win because the shortlist was such a mixed bag.”

The pub beat The George and Dragon, Hudswell, into second place followed by The Shoulder of Mutton, Kirkby Overblow, in third.

The award will put the pub on the map throughout Yorkshire but Mr Heaton said he will start with locals first.

“We have a good set of local regulars and we do get visitors coming from a long way to eat here,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people in the valley that still don’t know we’re here though so hopefully we can get a few more of them through the door.”

It is not the first gong that the pub has picked up in recent months.

Earlier this year it was named UK Food Pub of the Year at The Publican Awards and Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year at The Publican Food and Drink Awards.

In January, Les Routiers’ named it Inn of the Year 2011 and the pub recently picked up its second AA Rosette, which is awarded to hotels offereing a good standard of food and drink.