Bridlington businesses win top tourism awards

Keith Hickson, Angela Foster, Christa Ackroyd and John Foster with the award for High Barn Cottages.
Keith Hickson, Angela Foster, Christa Ackroyd and John Foster with the award for High Barn Cottages.

TOURIST destinations in the Bridlington area have been celebrating success at the prestigious White Rose Awards 2012.

Monday night’s star studded awards ceremony, attended by Olympians and soap stars, saw The Wold Cottage, at Wold Newton and High Barn Cottages, near Bempton crowned as winners in their respective categories.

The Spa Bridlington was also highly commended in the Business Tourism category, missing out to the York Marriott Hotel.

The awards are run annually by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire with the winners seeing off competition from a total of 89 venues and attractions across Yorkshire in 15 different categories.

Among those attending the awards ceremony, held at the Centenary Pavilion, in Leeds were the stars from ITV soap Emmerdale and Olympic gold medalists Nicola Adams, Andy Triggs-Hidge and Hannah Cockcroft.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This was another exciting night in the history of Yorkshire tourism.

“Every winner should be congratulated and these awards give us all the chance to celebrate the creativity, hard work and success of so many tourism businesses.”

High Barn Cottages, situated between Bempton and Sewerby, won the self-catering category - their first win after making it to the finals on five previous occasions.

Angela Foster, who co-owns High Barn Cottages with husband John, said: “We were delighted to have won because it’s a very tough competition and we are competing against the whole of Yorkshire.

“It’s great for the East Riding, which was very well represented and supportive of each other which was great.”

The judges were impressed with the quality of High Barn which is the result of Victorian farm buildings being converted into five self-catering units.

“The conversion is a combination of modern luxury and eco-technology on a working farm providing visitors with direct access to the countryside with the added advantage of also being on the coast. 70% of business at High Barn comes from outside of Yorkshire,” they said.

The Wold Cottage, at Wold Newton was declared the winner of the Bed and Breakfast category.

The judges praised “the fabulous accommodation that greets visitors from the moment they enter” and said the the emphasis was on local produce and first-rate customer service.

“Award winning breakfasts and sheer quality of the evening meal that includes home-made crumbles created from the Wold Cottage’s orchard’s fruits made it the first choice.

“The judges were also impressed to learn that the majority of business at the Wold Cottage is from people who live outside Yorkshire with 70% returning,” they said.

And while disappointed at missing out on the top spot in the business tourism category Andrew Aldis, Spa Bridlington general manager, has spoken of the warm reception they received from the crowd.

“When they read out the nominations by far we had the biggest and most universal whoop from the 1,000 strong audience,” he said.

“We were really disappointed not to have won, we honestly believe we are the best venue in Yorkshire but the Marriott have just had an extensive refurbishment and were worthy winners,” Mr Aldis added.