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AUDIO: Dales hotel scoops White Rose Award

AUDIO: Dales hotel scoops White Rose Award

Published at 7:40am 10th November 2015. (Updated at 1:02pm 10th November 2015)

There are celebrations at a Dales hotel after it claimed one of the top prizes at this year's White Rose Awards.

The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate, near Skipton, scooped the Business Tourism Award.

The family business, which regularly features on Stray Extra's Food and Drink Show, followed up its success last year when it won in the Large Hotel category.

Stray FM spoke to Director Louise Bolton after the award was presented:

Winners were announced in 16 categories, ranging from Large Visitor Attraction to Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year, at the event at first direct arena Leeds.

Among last night's highlights was the surprise appearance of Take That star Gary Barlow - see more.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "What a night! We are proud to have been supported by such a mix of Yorkshire heroes, as well as having one of the world's biggest pop icons on stage with us.

"We are thrilled to have Gary Barlow and Tim Firth as honorary Yorkshiremen. They have done an incredible job of telling an extraordinary tale about a group of ordinary Yorkshire women and I am sure The Girls will be a major success.

"And a very special thank you must go to all our winners for their achievement and their hard work. Winning a White Rose Award is a prestigious seal of approval, which helps show customers the high standards that each winner displays every day."

The awards, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, are the biggest tourism awards in the UK and have been recognising tourism stars for more than 25 years.

Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the independent panel of judges, added: "Each year, the task of selecting winners, and those we wish to commend, gets tougher. The sheer range of what is on offer is remarkable and the quality of hospitality truly outstanding. 

"All those shortlisted can feel huge pride in making it this far. Their work is at the heart of our leading tourism sector and underpins the broader visitor economy that is so important to Yorkshire. The White Rose Awards are an important way to celebrate and acknowledge their many achievements."

Winners:

Small Visitor Attraction - Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, Driffield

Large Visitor Attraction - The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

Taste of Yorkshire - Lottie Shaw's Bakery, Leeds

Self-Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments - Dovecote Barns, York

Yorkshire Pub - Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax

Yorkshire Restaurant - The Hare Restaurant, Scawton

Tourism Event - The Best Race in the World, The Juddmonte International, York

Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village - Humble Bee Farm, Scarborough

Bed & Breakfast and Guest Accommodation - Low Mill Guest House, Bainbridge

Large Hotel - The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

Small Hotel/Townhouse - Yorebridge House, Bainbridge

Business Tourism - The Coniston Hotel & Country Estate, Skipton

Restaurant with Rooms - The Cleveland Tontine, Northallerton

Visitor Information - Thirsk Tourist Information

Arts and Culture - Hull Truck Theatre

Outstanding Customer Service - Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract

Highly Commended:

Taste of Yorkshire - Tipple Tails at Wadsley Hall Farm Kitchen

Small Attraction - Yorkshire Trike Tours

Large Attraction - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Self-Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments - Shire Cruisers

Tourism Event - The Freedom Festival, Hull

Small Hotel/Townhouse - Beverley Tickton Grange Hotel

Business Tourism - Bedern Hall, York

Arts and Culture - Alhambra Theatre, Bradford