Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2019 has been revealed, and for the first time in the competition’s nine-year history, The Lister Arms at Malham has taken the crown.
Presented on the Welcome to Yorkshire stand at the Great Yorkshire Show today by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, The Royal Oak at Ripon was awarded second place and Miller's Bar, Brighouse, came third.
Darren Dunn, general manager of the Lister Arms said about the win:
“This is absolutely wonderful news for all of us in Malham and all of us at the Lister arms. I couldn’t be prouder of the team, they work so, so hard to give everyone who walks through the door the best time, the warmest of hospitality, great food and fantastic accommodation. It just all seems to come together and this award really is the icing on the cake.”
The annual contest was first launched by Welcome to Yorkshire in 2011 to help promote Yorkshire’s amazing variety of pubs.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director, Peter Dodd said:
“Huge congratulations to The Lister Arms for being awarded the coveted title of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub! It’s fantastic to have a brand-new winner for 2019 and for The Lister Arms to get the recognition it deserves for its great selection of ales, home cooked food, cosy interiors, friendly team and glorious views across the Yorkshire Dales - it really is the heart of its community and appreciated by all who visit.
“Thanks to everyone that has nominated and voted for their favourite pubs across the county over the last few months, and a huge congratulations once again to all of the finalists and our winner, The Lister Arms.”
800 Yorkshire pubswere put forward by the public to be in the running for Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub this year, which included hopefuls from across all four corners of the county - more than 16,000 votes were received in total.
The top 30 pubs from the first round all secured themselves a place in the Welcome to Yorkshire Pubs and Breweries Trail, of which copies are available to pick up at Welcome to Yorkshire’s stand at the Great Yorkshire Show. This year’s trail is sponsored by Thwaites Brewery:
Andrew Buchanan, Director of Pubs and Brewing at Thwaites Brewery:
“We are delighted to be working alongside Welcome to Yorkshire to support the promotion of pubs and cask ale in the region.
“We have a rich brewing heritage of over 200 years, so we have seen immense change in the pub landscape during that time. However, what continues to make pubs so special is the warm hospitality and quality cask ale that they offer.
“Yorkshire is blessed with so many great pubs, including a number of our own, and we want to encourage as many people to visit them as we can. Of course, if you go along to one of our pubs, you’ll be able to enjoy one of our new beers that we launched in the last month.”