Halifax's Shibden Mill Inn crowned Yorkshire's best

Winners: The Shibden Mill Inn
Winners: The Shibden Mill Inn

Calderdale pubs are the toast of Yorkshire after taking the top two spots in Yorkshire's Favourite Pub competition.

The Shibden Mill Inn in Halifax has been voted Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub for a second time - it was the first pub to win the prestigious title when the competition began in 2011.

The Millers Bar in Brighouse was awarded second place and The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East, came third.

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Run by Welcome to Yorkshire in partnership with Theakston Brewery and the Yorkshire Post, the annual contest received a record breaking number of almost 20,000 votes this year.

Caitlin Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn, said: “It’s just fantastic!

"We’re delighted! Shibden Mill Inn has been a family business for 20 years and is still going strong with loads of new ideas.

Second place for the Millers Bar in Brighouse

Second place for the Millers Bar in Brighouse

"We just can’t wait for the next 20 years. To have won back in 2011 and to win again seven years later shows we’ve kept up our consistently high standards. A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us”

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Nestled in the fold of the beautiful Shibden Valley, the Shibden Mill Inn was originally a corn and spinning mill in the 17th century, converted into a country pub in 1890. Today, visitors can enjoy real ales and first-class dining against an inviting backdrop of open fires, low beamed ceilings and a cosy bar.

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Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Huge congratulations to the Shibden Mill Inn for being awarded the coveted title of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub for the second time in eight years, it’s an outstanding achievement and very well deserved.

“Competition was incredibly fierce this year with a record number of 800 pubs across the county in the running - and with more votes placed than ever before, it proves once again that Yorkshire pubs remain at the heart of each community and are greatly appreciated by all.”

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