Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2020 - RESULTS

It was a night when all areas of Hull and East Yorkshire came together online for a unique evening of celebration, highlighting and rewarding the region’s best, brightest, most successful and innovative tourism businesses.

 

The annual Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs) were announced last night during a virtual awards ceremony organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) after the planned gala dinner at Bridlington Spa had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown.

And everyone joined in the spirit of the occasion, with the event trending on social media and awards host Blair Jacobs moving seamlessly from the stage of The Spa to address the cameras from the less formal surroundings of his front room.

Now in their eleventh year, the awards followed a familiar format with each of the 78 short-listed businesses and attractions introduced to viewers category-by-category via specially-filmed videos before the winners were announced.

There were some great success stories and high praise from the judges, who had completed their deliberations before the lockdown came into effect. And in three of the 15 categories the competition was so close, highly-commended awards were announced.

The full list of the winners and highly-commended is as follows:

  • Remarkable New Tourism Business Award - Bonus Arena, Hull
  • Remarkable Bed & Breakfast and Guest House of the Year - The Wold Cottage, Wold Newton
  • Remarkable Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - William’s Den, North Cave
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Yorkshire Water, Tophill Low Nature Reserve, near Watton
  • Remarkable Visitor Attraction - Sledmere House
  • Remarkable Restaurant of the Year - Rupert & Darwin, Hull
  • Remarkable Local Producer Award - Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby
  • Remarkable Tourism Event - Pride in Hull
  • Remarkable Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: South Cliff Holiday Park, Bridlington
  • Remarkable Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award - Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington
  • Remarkable Cuppa - The Granary at Rustic Riddle, Ulrome
  • Remarkable Business Events Venue of the Year - DoubleTree by Hilton, Hull
  • Remarkable Pub of the Year - The Lion and Key, Hull
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Ship Inn, Sewerby
  • Remarkable Self Catering Accommodation of the Year - Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington
  • Remarkable Hotel - Saltmarshe Hall, Saltmarshe, near Howden
  • Remarkable Experience of the Year - Hotham’s Gin School, Hull

This year’s REYTAs are of even more significance to the winners because the Hull and East Yorkshire awards have aligned even more closely with VisitEngland and have used a shared application process. This means that in most of the REYTA categories, winners will automatically be entered into the national awards without any further application.

Councillor Shaun Horton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure, said: “Congratulations to all the worthy winners and those who were highly commended, right across Hull and the East Riding.

“We know just how superb our attractions and facilities are across the area and I know it has been a tough job to select the winners.

“We all look forward to the day when we can welcome tourists back again, so that they can once again appreciate everything the East Riding has to offer and, in the meantime, we will continue to work on exciting ways to promote the area in the future.”

Councillor Dave Craker, cabinet portfolio holder for tourism, culture and leisure at Hull City Council, said: “Congratulations to all the fantastic winners and nominees. These awards demonstrate the incredible businesses and organisations we have in our region and why our tourism sector has such a bright future.”

Judges described Sledmere House, winner of the Remarkable Visitor Attraction category, as “offering a fantastic day out for people of all ages”. The citation praised excellent customer service with staff motivated to engage with both younger and older visitors alike.

One of the new categories introduced this year was the Remarkable Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award, which was won by William’s Den, of North Cave. Judges praised the “highly professional and well-integrated activities outdoors and an imaginatively arranged wooden indoor play area”, which they described as “an extremely well-designed building making great use of recovered, renewable and natural materials and thoughtfully planned for the benefit of less able users.”.

This was one of the three categories where a highly-commended award was also made - in this case to Yorkshire Water for their Tophill Low Nature Reserve, near Watton, which was described as “a great natural space around a series of reservoirs managed for the benefit of wildlife and allowing access for people to enjoy seeing birds and other creatures in their natural surroundings.”

Remarkable Tourism Event of the Year, awarded to the best event, experience or festival in Hull and East Yorkshire taking place over a day, weekend, week, month or season, went to Pride in Hull, with judges highlighting how it had developed from a grass roots movement to one of the region’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebrations.

One of the biggest successes on the night was Broadgate Farm Cottages, of Walkington, who picked up two awards - Remarkable Self-Catering and the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism awards. The judges’ comments in these and all the other remaining categories (including those highly-commended) were as follows:

Remarkable Self Catering Accommodation of the Year: “Broadgate Farm Cottages ooze charm and luxury. The whole visitor experience from start to finish is one of quality and excellence. These are immaculately presented, attractive cottages with wonderful facilities and scenic views. The business is embedded with professionalism, care and commitment. It is difficult to find any improvement worthy of note. Five star excellence”.

Remarkable Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award: “Broadgate Farm Cottages are

welcoming, peaceful, and this is a perfect example of how to run this type of business. The owners are flexible and seem to take everything in their stride and will attempt to satisfy every need”.

Remarkable Bed & Breakfast and Guest House of the Year: “Wold Cottage is the perfect place to escape from it all or alternatively to use as a base to explore the coast, Wolds and nearby attractions. The spacious gardens are exceptionally well maintained with plenty of winter colour and wildlife to entertain visitors.”

Remarkable Business Events Venue of the Year: “The facilities at DoubleTree by Hilton offer a high-quality experience with slick check in/registration for guests”.

Remarkable Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year: “It is rare to find a business that is so committed to client satisfaction and enjoyment, but that is Wolds Edge. The passion behind Wolds Edge is there to see, it’s an experience not just a holiday”. Runner-up - South Cliff Holiday Park: “A major asset to Bridlington. The new Welcome Centre is bright cheerful, accessible and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The site is well laid out and the facilities are brilliant”

Remarkable Cuppa: “The owners of the Granary at Rustic Riddle have done a fantastic job in the renovation of the building. The old building is full of charm and character which is blended tastefully with modern features such as the large glass doors and railings and lighting.”

Remarkable Experience of the Year: “Combining a passion for a product with teaching skills and vast knowledge gathered, Hotham’s Gin School provides a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening experience. Unique in East Yorkshire and taken to another level nationally this business is bringing a significant number of people to this area, not only for the gin school experience but also to stay, eat and spend money to boost our local economy”.

Remarkable Hotel: “A very warm welcome from a great team of people at Saltmarshe Hall who are passionate about their work. The 19th century stately home and its gardens and grounds are lovingly tended and invite you to ‘Step away from everyday’, offering a luxurious experience”.

Remarkable Local Producer Award: “Despite company growth, Wold Top Brewery remains rooted in the local area and continues to support community and visitor events alike, as well as adding to the calendar of events and festivals, thus contributing to the tourism offer. Their strong commitment to the production of a sustainable ethical product is evident throughout their brand and is absolutely on message”.

Remarkable New Tourism Business Award: “The legacy of the City of Culture coupled with the people of Hull acting as true ambassadors for the Bonus Arena has made this great modern venue a magnate for some truly global artists and a place we can all be proud of”.

Remarkable Pub of the Year: “The Lion and Key is warm and cosy and, even though it was extremely busy, the staff still took time to help you and you didn’t feel rushed at all. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, so much so we both returned with other friends a few days later”. Runner-up - The Ship Inn: “Situated next door to Sewerby Hall on the cliffs with superb views of the sea and coastline. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable and the pub is also very dog friendly, providing them with their own menu”.

Remarkable Restaurant of the Year: “Oh what a gem Rupert & Darwin is. Situated in the heart of Hull’s Princes Avenue trendy bar/restaurant area; if you haven’t visited yet you must do soon, you certainly won’t be disappointed”.

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