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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pub fans are urged to tell the bitter facts and say why theirs is the best local

If you've got a favourite local then the region's tourism bosses want to know about it.

Welcome to Yorkshire is asking for nominations for the best pub in the region and reasons — in twenty words — why it's so special.

Cheers: Kevin and Julie Laing, of Rosedale Abbey's White Horse Farm Inn, receiving the top pub award. last year, from ITV weatherman
Jon Mitchell (left) and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.

Last year, the honours went to the White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale, North Yorkshire. Joint owner Christine Cullen said: "Winning a competition of this size was amazing for us and a major honour.

"It’s had a real positive effect on business too, which is brilliant. It’s been great for promoting Yorkshire pubs on the whole which can only be a good thing. We'd definitely encourage people to get involved this year – we will be."

Last year, the competition attracted more than 6,000 votes for hundreds of different pubs – proving there still is a huge passion for pubs in the UK’s biggest county.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are proud to say we have the best pubs right here in Yorkshire and we know there is a huge passion for them. That’s why we want everyone to have their say and tell us about the local they love. It just takes a few seconds – about the time it takes to pull a good pint.

“Your favourite pub might be at the core of the community, or pull a great local pint or does fantastic food. Where ever and whatever – let us know. This is a great way to help promote your local as pubs play a key role in tourism and this competition is a celebration of that.”

The first round of votes will result in a top 30 list of pubs, which are set to be included in a Yorkshire Ale Trail produced by Welcome to Yorkshire.

A panel of judges will then select ten finalist pubs from this shortlist and the public will have the chance to vote again for an overall winner from June 1, using a simple click voting system, until June 30.

That winning pub, plus runners up, will be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show – and handed the trophy of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2012.

Nominations can be made at until 12 May.

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