Region gets gold stars in White Rose awards
EAST Riding tourism businesses have picked up top prizes at the White Rose Awards.
More than 80 finalists had been shortlisted by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.
Wold Cottage at Driffield was named best bed and breakfast and the best self-catering accommodation was High Barn Cottages in Bridlington.
Drewton's farm shop in South Cave took the Taste of Yorkshire category.
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It beat fierce competition to win the prestigious accolade, which recognised the shop's commitment to championing the finest Yorkshire food and drink, sourced from a network of more than 200 growers, suppliers and producers.
Katie Taylor, who owns and runs Drewton's, said: "The timing couldn't have been better.
"The business is two years old next week and this award reflects just how far we've come.
"It was always my dream to open a farm shop selling the finest local, seasonal produce.
"I think it's fair to say we've achieved that goal as we're now well-known for being at the forefront of the 'eat local' movement and for our commitment to supporting Yorkshire-based food and drink producers.
"To win such a prestigious, regional award is a marvellous second birthday present and a wonderful reward for the hard work of the entire team, as well as the many farmers, growers and food producers who supply us with their fantastic food and drink."
Two East Yorkshire businesses were also highly commended for their efforts.
The Spa at Bridlington lost out to York Marriott as the best tourism business and The Star@Sancton, which won a prestigious Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award earlier this year, was just pipped as the best pub. That honour went to The Star at Harome, near Helmsley in North Yorkshire.
Last month, Welcome to Yorkshire missed out on funding from Visit England, which had been secured through the Regional Growth Fund. Money was not made available to promote Yorkshire as a whole, but rather to help individual bodies within the county.
After the awards, chief executive Gary Verity said: "This was another exciting night in the history of Yorkshire tourism.
"Every winner should be congratulated and these awards give us all the chance to celebrate the creativity, hard work and success of so many tourism businesses.
"Having seen the standard of businesses shortlisted, it seems clear that Yorkshire leads where others follow.
"During the past three years, we have seen Yorkshire not only compete on the world stage, but be at the centre of it. And it's businesses like these which make that possible. That's why the White Rose Awards plays such a vital role in recognising and celebrating their work."
About 1,000 guests attended the ceremony at Elland Road, Leeds, including Emmerdale star and singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin.
Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Nicola Adams, Andy Triggs-Hodge and Hannah Cockroft were VIP guests at Monday's glittering ceremony, which saw 15 businesses from across the county recognised for their excellence.