Hunt is on for Yorkshire’s best pub 2017

: Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2016 winner, Gil Richardson, owner of The Bull Inn, West Tanfield

Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition has launched for 2017, with the region’s drinking establishments looking to pull in the votes.

Nominations are now open for the title, awarded by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

18,000 people voted in last year’s competition. In 2016, The Bull Inn in West Tanfield was crowned the region’s favourite, and previous winners include The Fleece Inn in Barkisland, the Woolly Sheep Inn in Skipton and Felixkirk’s Carpenter’s Arms.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Here in Yorkshire, pubs are not only places to relax and enjoy great beer and incredible food – they’re also a vital part of our communities and heritage.

“This competition is a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate Yorkshire pubs and the important role they play in our cities, towns and villages. So, whether it’s cosy surroundings, real ale or a fantastic countryside view, we want to know what makes your local your favourite.”

People have until Wednesday, May 17 to vote at

A shortlist of the top 30 pubs will then be drawn up, all of which will feature in Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ale Trail.

Twelve finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, with the public getting the chance to vote for the overall winner.

The winning pub and two runners up will be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday, July 11.