Here are all the winners from this year’s York Tourism Awards

Last year's VisitYork tourism awards were held in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum. Photograph: Visit York
22 Jun 2018 @ 8.35 am
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York’s tourism champions have been revealed.

Sixteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards on Thursday night (June 21).

Marking its 21st year, the Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate individuals and companies who offer that extra special service and experience for York’s 6.9 million visitors, recognising and rewarding excellence in the city’s multi-million pound tourism sector.

There was a fantastic turnout, attended by around 400 tourism businesses.

In two of the most hotly contested categories, No.21 York scooped B&B of the Year and best hotel went to Grays Court. Restaurant of the Year title went to Hudson’s by Craig Atchinson at The Grand Hotel & Spa and The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café won the award in the ‘Best Café or Tearoom’ category.

The ‘Tourism Champion’ crown was passed on from last year’s winner Will Zhuang to Ann Deller. Ann was recognised for her outstanding contribution to tourism and the many years of service she has given to the Association of Voluntary Guides.

So who were all the winners? We’re glad you asked…

B&B of the Year

Winner: No.21 York

The No 21 guest house is found on St. Marys, Bootham
Finalists
Goldsborough Hall
Tower Guest House

Café or Tearoom of the Year

Winner: The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café

The Balloon Tree team at the awards
Finalists
The Black Swan
The Garden Room at The Principal York

Conference Venue of the Year

Winner: York Racecourse


Finalists
The Principal York
Lakeside Conference Centre

Family Friendly Experience of the Year

Winner: York Maze

Children play in the sand at the York Maze. Photograph: Jonathan Pow/ [email protected]
Finalists
Explore York Library & Archive
The Web Adventure Park
York Castle Museum – A Victorian Christmas
Energi Trampoline Park York

Guided Tour of the Year

Winner: York Cycling Tours

Finalists
Brewtown Tours
The Bloody Tour of York
Tours in a Dish

Hotel of the Year

Winner: Grays Court

Highly Commended
The Grand Hotel & Spa, York
Finalists
Doubletree by Hilton, York
The Principal York

Newcomer of the Year

Winner: Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

A meerkat at the park
Finalists
Fortyfive Vinyl Café
The Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar at The Grand Hotel & Spa, York
The Shop That Must Not Be Named
Valhalla York

Outstanding Customer Service

Winner: Anna Bialochleb – The Whippet Inn

Photograph: Visit York
Finalists
Nikki Hopwood – Raithwaite Hall
Wayne Brady – The Grand Hotel & Spa, York
Rhianna Smith – Hilton York

Pub or Bar of the Year

Winner: Chapter House York

Cocktails at the Chapter House Bar, Royal York Hotel. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Finalists
The Blue Bell
The Whippet Inn Steak & Alehouse
Walmgate Ale House

Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Hudson’s by Craig Atchinson at The Grand Hotel & Spa

Finalists
Ambiente Tapas Fossgate
The Gallery at The Black Swan
The Whippet Inn Steak & Alehouse
Walmgate Ale House

Self-Catering Venue of the Year

Winner: The Dovecote Barns

Highly Commended
Studford Luxury Lodges
Finalists
Goodramgate Apartments
Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges & Snug Huts

Shopping Experience of the Year

Winner: Azendi

Azendi on Low Petergate
Finalists
Cuffs & Co
Rafi’s Spicebox

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Over 50K visitors)

Winner: Jorvik Viking Centre

A Viking cobber gets to work in the Jorvik Centre
Highly Commended
City Cruises York
Finalist
Yorkshire Museum

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Under 50K visitors)

Winner: York Army Museum

Highly Commended
National Centre for Birds of Prey
Finalists
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park
Barley Hall

Visitor Experience of the Year

Winner: York Racecourse

Highly Commended
The Bloody Tour of York
Finalist
Hallowscream at York Maze

Wedding Venue of the Year

Winner: National Railway Museum

Finalists
National Centre for Early Music
The Amazing Wedding Company at York Maze
York Racecourse

Visit York Tourism Champion 2018

Winner: Ann Deller

Photograph: Visit York