Brid pub in running to be Yorkshire’s best

Helen Norman and Rob Daykin of the Telegraph Inn in Bridlington.
Helen Norman and Rob Daykin of the Telegraph Inn in Bridlington.

A Bridlington pub is in contention for being declared the best in Yorkshire – and two more have only narrowly missed out, making Bridlington one of the top two towns in the region.

The Telegraph Inn on Quay Road has made it through to the top 12 finalists in the quest to find Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2013.

A list of the top 30 pubs in the whole of Yorkshire has already been published, and three of them are local – meaning 10% of Yorkshire’s favourite pubs are right here. The Marine Bar, North Marine Drive, and the Ship Inn at Sewerby are the other favourites, and all three will feature on a special ‘Ale Trail’ leaflet being published by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The final 12 will now battle it out for the overall title, which will be announced on July 9 at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Helen Norman, joint proprietor of the Telegraph Inn with Robert Daykin, said: “This is amazing, fantastic news.

“We’re a real community pub, and we seem to have hit a niche. People feel safe here. Because we own the pub we take good care of it, and of our customers. We’ve got a good clientele, and a loyal clientele.

“I’d like to thank everyone for voting for us in the first round, and if they’d like to vote for us again, that would be fantastic.”

The Telegraph Inn, which is well known for its real ale, is also in the process of installing its own micro-brewery, which should be producing its first ale at about the same time as the winner is announced.

Charlie Kilburn of the Ship Inn at Sewerby said: “We’ve had a great start to the year with all the sunshine, and this will definitely help. It’s a good trail, and we’re already on the Welcome to Yorkshire fish and chip trail. There’s an awful lot of good pubs in Yorkshire, so I’m really pleased to be in the top 30, that’s quite an achievement.”

Paul Bennett, manager of the Marine Bar also welcomed the news. He said: “This is amazing. It’s all about reputation. For a town the size of Brid to have got so many pubs in the final 30 is brilliant.

“We’ve been busy ever since Easter, and we’re still busy now. To be part of the Ale Trail will be great, and good luck to the Telegraph, too, in the final round.” 

The competition, being run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, has seen the public cast over 4,000 votes, nominating more than 700 pubs. A panel of judges selected the 12 finalists from the 30 with the most votes, and the public are now being invited to vote for which of those 12 they want to see crowned Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2013.

Bridlington’s tally of three pubs in the top 30 is equalled only by affluent Skipton in West Yorkshire, whilst the likes of York and Scarborough failed to make the list.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We have had a record number of entries and votes this year, which is testament to the passion for pubs across Yorkshire.

“As ever, it was a challenge to narrow down the 30 to a final list for the public to vote a favourite.

“At the end of the day, every pub in the top 30 should be congratulated – and I hope that our finalists will now be out encouraging their patrons to vote again to help bring home the title.”

Voting to decide the winner opened last weekend and will close on June 30. You can vote for the Telegraph Inn at www.yorkshire.com/pub