All the winners as REYTAs returns for 2023Fri 10th November 2023
The Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) made its eagerly anticipated return last night in a glittering awards ceremony.
Now in its 13th year, the event, which was last held in person in 2019, saw the region’s tourism sector come together at the Doubletree by Hilton in Hull
A total of 65 hopeful finalists were in the running for the awards, which recognise the best individuals, attractions and hospitality businesses in the area’s tourism industry.
One of the biggest successes on the night was Laurel Vines, of Aike, Driffield, who picked up two awards: the Remarkable Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award and Remarkable Local Producer of the Year.
The judges were full of praise, remarking that: “The development and growth since starting Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery in 2008 is testament to the innovation and vision that clearly drives their continued success.”
Hull Truck Theatre took home the Remarkable Accessible & Inclusive Award, with judges commending the staff’s commitment to “ensuring the venue is for every person- no matter what the accessibility needs may be”.
The awards were presented by some of the iconic blue-coated HEY! Volunteers, who continue to play a key role in supporting arts, culture and heritage across Hull and East Yorkshire, while boosting pride in the region.
Councillor Nick Coultish, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards are a celebration of all that is good about the industry locally, recognising the hard work, talent and dedication of those who work in it.
“The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the vibrant and fantastic tourism offer in the region. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the finalists."
Councillor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder for culture at Hull City Council, said: “The REYTAs are now in their 13th year and one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the calendar.
“Each category is keenly contested and it was wonderful to see so many fantastic finalists on show once again.
“I’d like to congratulate the winners for this year’s event on their stunning achievement.”
In addition to the awards presented last night, the REYTAs are aligned to the Visit England awards, giving winners the chance of national honours.
The REYTAs, organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY), are funded through ticket sales and the support of sponsors.
This year’s main sponsors were Wykeland and FRED, and event partners included Patrington Haven Leisure Park, HPSS, East Yorkshire Local Food Network, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitality Association, Traenhus and Doubletree by Hilton Hull.
Emma Pearson-Kendall, managing director of Fred, said: “Fred works with clients all over the world, but East Yorkshire is our home, and so working with the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire on campaigns to promote this region, and help attract thousands of new visitors here every year, is really important to us.
“We are delighted to sponsor the REYTA awards again this year and add our support to an event that celebrates all the amazing people that look after visitors and ensure that their trips to Hull and East Yorkshire are special. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!”
Full list of winners and highly commended finalists
Remarkable Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award:
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Judges said: "It is truly amazing how much Hull Truck Theatre has to offer. From meeting the cast if you're feeling a little nervous, to looking after a guide dog- it is evident that the staff are committed to ensuring the venue is for every person- no matter what the accessibility needs may be. With the opportunity to see and discuss the theatre prior to booking one of the many shows on offer, the judges felt that staff are the real gem of the theatre. Going above and beyond, creating relaxing first visits, encouraging repeat custom, and making sure that every visit is memorable."
Remarkable Self- Catering Accommodation of the Year:
Broadgate Farm Cottages, Beverley
Judges said: "Broadgate Farm Cottages is a truly spectacular property set on the edge of the Westwood. The property has a cosy feel and is beautifully furnished. The owner and her staff will do their upmost to cater to any special requirements you may have to make your stay memorable, while their years of experience and knowledge of the area allows them to ensure their guests make the most of their stay."
Remarkable Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award (sponsored by HPSS):
Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery, Driffield
Judges said: "The development and growth since starting Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery in 2008 is testament to the innovation and vision that clearly drives their continued success. Not without some significant challenges along the way, they have diversified into tourism and added to the business incrementally in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way. The judges felt that from arrival on a very busy "Community Grape Harvest" day, the team at Laurel Vines provided a warm welcome and their passion both in their product and everything associated with it was embedded in all aspects of the business."
Remarkable Visitor Attraction of the Year
Williams Den, North Cave
Judges said: "William’s Den allows children to use their imagination without limits. It’s a simple concept, yet a unique attraction for the area. Extremely well designed and thought out, the varied play areas allow children to have infinite fun and enjoyment. The judges thought that the variety of home-made ice creams are exceptional, and the menu in the restaurant provides a wide range of choices. A wonderful experience for children and families, who are sure to want to return."
Remarkable New Tourism Business of the Year
Winner: Trinity Room, Hull
Judges said: "The Trinity Room at Hull Minster is a very special place. With such a warm welcome greeting visitors as they arrive, the friendly staff and management create a great ambience. There is a passion to work as sustainably as possible, and they continually work towards reducing waste and all packaging to be compostable. The food is excellent in both taste and quality with all being made either on site using locally sourced produce or sourced from local suppliers. Staff and volunteers are encouraged to reach their full potential and given every opportunity to thrive."
Highly Commended: Dumble Farm, Beverley
Judges said: "Dumble Farm offers a totally unique experience to visitors. The opportunity to spend time close to with the Highland Herd, both grooming and feeding on the safari is priceless. The safari experience gives an insight into the massive conservation program in operation, and the opportunity to see wildlife close up. The passion and knowledge of the owners is second to none with the welfare of the herd and wildlife a priority - it is a privilege to visit. Creating this visitor attraction has allowed everyday visitors the opportunity to have this animal experience."
Remarkable Cuppa Award:
Winner: Drewton's Farm Shop, North Cave
Judges said: "At Drewton's you are met with a view of the East Yorkshire countryside, neat and well-maintained grounds and the cafe is light and airy with a hint of formality. The judges felt that the staff were welcoming, professional and knowledgeable about the extensive menu, daily specials and dietary requirements. With excellent presentation of freshly prepared food, a passion for local produce is apparent and lives up to the strong reputation held for serving fresh, locally sources and ethically produced food and drink."
Highly Commended: The Balloon Tree Farm Shop & Café, Stamford Bridge
Judges said: "The experience begins the moment you pull into the car park as you are met with a colourful display of farm produce some of which also features on the menu. The judges received an enthusiastic welcome into the bright and spacious café with views out to the beautiful café garden where additional seating is provided in heated gazebos. With diners from all generations, the menu offers a good selection of dishes to satisfy every appetite from a full English breakfast to light lunches, salads, and daily specials, not to mention some amazing cakes! For younger visitors, to let off steam there’s a children’s play area complete with a tractor and digger. A visit can be finished off with a browse of the gift, bakery and farm shop stocked with fresh farm produce and local products."
Remarkable B&B and Guesthouse of the Year
Wolds Village, Bainton
Judges said: "A hidden gem in the heart of the rural countryside, yet on the edge of amenities. Wolds Village provides luxurious guest rooms, each individually designed in different periods, leaving guests spoilt for choice. Greeted in the morning with a quality breakfast, guests are left feeling fuelled and ready for the day. With rural tourism being at the heart of this business, the building is steeped in history, full of original features and artifact making this Bed and Breakfast totally unique. Owing to its picturesque surroundings, popular with many walking and cycling enthusiasts, the judges felt that the woodland and open countryside walks within the grounds are a bonus to this relaxing retreat."
Remarkable Experience of the Year
Hotham's Gin School & Distillery, Hull
Judges said: "Launched in 2018, Hotham’s boutique distillery and gin school is a fantastic addition to Hull. Allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in an interactive experience, Hotham’s have won an array of awards which is a solid testimony to their current success. The judges felt that the team were passionate and welcoming, and the experience of creating a bespoke gin, bottling, waxing, and sampling it, made for a fabulous afternoon."
Remarkable Business Events Venue (sponsored by Doubletree by Hilton Hull)
Bridlington Spa, Bridlington
Judges said: "Bridlington Spa is located in the centre of the town overlooking the bay and beaches. The spa offers a total of 8 conference rooms ranging from the Royal Hall, which holds up to 3,800 standing, down to a small meeting room for up to 5 people. Enjoy spectacular views from these function suites of the sea and harbour. The Spa is a magnet for world class talent and a versatile venue for weddings and Birthday parties, as well as any other celebrations. All catered for by an inhouse catering team, enthusiastic staff and first class sustainability practices."
Remarkable Tourism Event of the Year
Judges said: "TribFest is one of the biggest tribute music festivals in the world, and the whole event is set in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere. The event has a real visible history of successfully creating a safe, family-friendly, enjoyable weekend at a good value pricing point, and annually brings high numbers of visitors into the region from around the UK. Their clear policies on reducing waste on-site, using local contractors, accessibility, marketing, sustainability and development is impressive."
Remarkable Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year (sponsored by Patrington Haven):
Acorn Glade Glamping, Melbourne
Judges said: "Acorn Glade is a truly magical place. From the moment you arrive, you are transported to a tranquil fairy tale escape. Every corner of the site has been carefully transformed, from the enchanting woodland lake walk to the glamping pods and lodges. The judges felt that the owner made sure every aspect of the stay was perfect and went out of their way to talk about the nature found onsite.One of the highlights mentioned by the judges is the resident alpacas and wallabies. Not usually common in the East Riding, and so, a unique treat to stay beside them for a weekend!"
Remarkable Pub of the Year
Atom Bar Hull, Hull
Judges said: "The Atom Bar Hull working alongside Hull Pattie Shack have created a winning combination of flavoursome food and tasty drink options.The humble Hull pattie has been pimped to create imaginative, delicious and unique dishes perfectly complimented by an extensive range of quality locally brewed drinks.The Atom Bar Hull is located in the heart of The Avenues, Hull's foodie hub, the pub offers a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere with friendly, helpful and professional staff that ensure visitors will want to return again and again. The judges say they can't wait to go back."
Remarkable Hotel of the Year
Loftsome Bridge Hotel, Wressle
Judges said: "This fully-restored and refurbished 18th century former coaching inn offers an oasis of calm and is the perfect place to unwind and relax. It exudes its history but offers all the modern touches we’ve come to expect and then delivers a welcome second to none that makes every guest feel extra special. There are exceptional levels of service with staff demonstrating a pride and commitment to working here; demonstrating they are prepared to go the extra mile to achieve customer satisfaction. A range of room options that cater for all needs, either in the main house or the neighboring cottages, including a family room and a dog-friendly room."
Remarkable Local Producer Award (sponsored by the East Yorkshire Local Food Network)
Winner: Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery, Driffield
Judges said: "Visitors to Laurel Vines can expect to enjoy a glass of locally produced quality wine whilst sat on the south west facing patio looking out over the well-tended vineyards, where wildlife is allowed to run free in this beautiful East Yorkshire countryside setting. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the whole process of wine making from vine to bottle. They are very much aware of the need to protect the environment and to be a sustainable business and have employed various measures to help in their aim to be carbon neutral by 2025. There is a high degree of local community and regional engagement, with regular winery tours, themed nights and volunteer harvesting events. A newly developed kitchen using locally produced produce is a great addition to the business."
Highly Commended: Soanes Poultry
Judges said: "Soane's is a well established, local, family business and is the biggest in this category supplying their products to local, regional and national butchers, farm shops and restaurants. Their aim is to produce quality tasting chicken rather than mass produce for supermarkets and the company prides itself on its high levels of animal welfare in all stages of the process. Proud to be from East Yorkshire, their poultry products are branded with "Reared for flavour on our Yorkshire farms" and carry the details of the farm from which it originates. A great supporter of the local community through their support of local farmers, charitable work and employment."
Remarkable Restaurant Award
Highfield 1864, Driffield
Judges said: "The Highfield 1864 in Driffield offers a wonderful dining experience in a stunning setting. An extremely worthy finalist, nothing is too much trouble at this amazing venue. Every detail of the menu is carefully planned and designed to make the most of every ingredient. Focusing strongly on East Yorkshire, locally grown, foraged and seasonally sourced produce is used to create unique dishes inspired by cross-continental influences. A truly memorable meal is sure to be had at the Highfield 1864."
Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion
Malcolm Hodgson (Yorkshire Wolds Way Officer)
Photo Credit - Pictures: Tom Arran