RichmondshireFourteen Richmondshire businesses will compete in the prestigious White Rose Awards – representing 14% of the finalists.

They are among more than 100 businesses to be selected for judging in the Welcome to Yorkshire run awards which celebrate the very best of tourism in Yorkshire.  They are the UK’s largest celebration of tourism, covering 17 categories from the best Yorkshire pub to outstanding customer service.  

“We are very excited to have so many finalists in this years awards – showing the high calibre of tourism businesses based here in Richmondshire,” said Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“We wish them all lots of luck in the judging process and hope to see them all in the finals!”

The Richmondshire finalists are:

Arts and Culture: Swaledale Festival

Guest Accommodation: Cambridge House Countryside Guesthouse, Reeth; Low Mill Guesthouse, Bainbridge; Stow House, Aysgarth

Inns and Restaurants with Rooms:The Charles Bathurst Inn, Arkengarthdale; Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton

Large Visitor Attraction: The Forbidden Corner, Coverham; The Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

Outstanding Customer Service: Yorebridge House, Bainbridge

Self Catering: Cottage in the Dales, Newbiggin; Dalesend Cottages, Patrick Brompton

Taste of Yorkshire: High Parks Tearoom, Newton le Willows

Visitor Information: Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre

Yorkshire Restaurant: The Coach House at Middleton Lodge

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again, the entries for this year’s White Rose Awards have been exceptional across all categories. A huge congratulations to those who have been shortlisted and well done to Richmondshire for having so many of its fantastic businesses make the shortlist.

“As the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, the White Rose Awards are a fitting tribute to Yorkshire’s fantastically diverse businesses that work tirelessly to help to make the county number one.”

The finalists will now be looked at by an independent panel of judges to create a short list – four weeks of mystery shopping will follow before final selections by the judging panel.

For more information on the Richmondshire finalists contact Jo-Anne Simpson, Culture and Wellbeing Delivery Manager on 01748 829100.