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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open in the first round of the Best Pub or Bar category of Minster FM's Listener Choice Awards 2017 sponsored by Switch Networks

You can read all about each of our entrants below and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.  Voting for the first round closes on Sunday September 24th at 23:59.  Following this, the top six will go through to the final round of voting with the winner announced at our Listener Choice Awards ceremony on Monday November 6th.


The entries are as provided by the nominees.


The Nominees

21 The High street

21 High Street is a modern, friendly and relaxed eatery serving stone baked pizzas made the traditional way, a wide selection of tapas and our homemade sweet calzones. We boast a roof terrace which is suitable for all weather. Come join us for our wide selection of drinks including a massive 42 Gin selection, or maybe one of our cocktails!!

Why Should You Win?

We should win because we are a new and exciting venue, that welcomes everyone from every walk of life and age group, wether you want to party on a weekend upstairs or relax downstairs. And plus the team at 21 are the BEST!!


Ainsty York

We are a thriving pub, restaurant, sports & live event venue . We are at the heart of our community and our pub is loved by many people. Our main comment received from many reviews is always how brilliant our staff are. We cater for all age groups and host many events from a prestigious talent contest where the winner received £1000 to the local musicians who love playing the Ainsty to tribute nights aimed at the ladies with a Rod Stewart tribute. We host our own yearly festival which most pubs simply could not host and we have raised thousands and thousands of pounds for local charities and we helped raise £9500 for The Klis Family Fund.

Why Should You Win?

We should win because as a team we put our lives into this fantastic pub! We have created a venue where top class bands line up to play! We have spent thousands creating not only one of the best pubs in york but also one of the best live event venues around.


Brigantes Bar & Brasserie

Brigantes Bar & Brasserie is situated within York Bar walls around the corner from the train station and a short walk from the main shopping area. At Brigantes we offer a superb range of 8 keg beers and 10 hand pulled ales with permanent York Brewery and Okells lines, and ever changing guest ales featuring the best local breweries. We also serve freshly prepared food using seasonal and locally sourced produce wherever possible as the provenance and traceability behind our menu ingredients is extremely important to our kitchen team. In addition, we have an upstairs function room perfect for family celebrations and business meetings.

Why Should You Win?

Here at Brigantes we are dedicated to providing our customers with a unique experience, serving the best locally sourced food and ales we possibly can. We are keen to support local businesses wherever possible, we also aim to provide the best customer service possible with our friendly, helpful staff. With these ideals in mind we feel we provide the best all round pub experience for our customers always putting them first and continuously endeavouring to improve our standards wherever possible


Chapter Two Bar, Malton

Chapter Two Bar We opened our doors in May 2016. The oldest coaching Inn in Ryedale dating back to late 1600's. Formerly the Kings Head had been shut for a couple of years and left to go to rack and ruin. We set about converting this fabulous building back into a warm and welcoming bar to visit. We pride ourselves on being "The Social Local" looking after the more discerning customers needs and wants. our fantastic, dedicate team of staff offer a true customer focused service. We offer that much more than your every day multi national bar. We are very proud of our achievements thus far and look forward to a blossoming future in our wonderful market place amphitheate.

Why Should You Win?

We should win this award simply for true dedication hard work and understanding of our wonderful and loyal customers. In times of doom and gloom in the bar sector we challenged took on the bigger chains proving that with hard work, honesty and dedication the little man can make their mark. We are now the busiest bar for miles around giving the local community a focused, friendly and safe environment to socialise in. Offering a huge range of international lagers, local Ales, work wide Gins and not forgetting our made to order designer cocktails. So wether you are 18 or 98 a huge Yorkshire welcome awaits all at Chapter Two Bar. We are very proactive as appossed to being reactive listening to the desires our customers want from their local bar. Unaided and run by a lovely team of staff we are doing our bit for the local economy. We love Chapter Two Bar if you try so might you?


Coach & horses, Tadcaster

Family friendly pub in the heart of tadcaster serving great food and beer with a fantastic atmosphere

Why Should You Win?

We have 're opened this pub after it was closed for 15 plus months due to the floods with a full refurb and a great team we brought it back to life it has now become a great place for families to eat or just relax. The food is amazing and it has a great range of beers and drinks


The Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham

The Blacksmiths has a wonderful warm welcome for both us staff and customers. We deliver a friendly and efficient service all hours of the day for anyone. We go above and beyond to keep wowing our customers and maintain our high standards. Always a happy friendly face and smile when you walk through the door!

Why Should You Win?

My bosses at the Blacksmiths continue to push and grow their business in all directions for staff and customers a like. They themselves and their business help and push staff to their potential which then benefits for the business. Its a fun and friendly business and flexible for daily events. Its such a fabulous atmosphere inside and out for everyone and a wonderful place to both work and dine anytime of the day.


The Golden Lion Inn, Great Barugh

A small family run pub that serves good value food and real ales at reasonable prices. Dog and children friendly. Thursday is Pie Night with a selection of 4 pies served with hand curt chips or mash, garden or mushy peas. Sunday Lunch with a choice of 5 meats and vegetables, home made Yorkshire Puddings and gravy.

Why Should You Win?

I would like to win, not for me, but for my wife who works extremely hard and hasn't had a holiday for several years. This year is our 10th anniversary at the Lion, this would be the icing on the cake.


The New Inn Cropton

The New Inn is a traditional, relaxed, family run pub. We pride ourselves on offering quality food, drink and accommodation, with an atmosphere to fully enjoy and escape to. We also have our onsite brewery which creates internationally recognised and award winning beers.

Why Should You Win?

We are a long established pub which has been run by the same family since 1983. We founded Cropton Brewery (Now The Great Yorkshire Brewery) in our cellars delivering fresh, local beer to our customers. We have carried on ever since and now have a loyal following across the world for our beers and pub. We are one of Yorkshire’s little gems, we haven’t forgotten our roots and still deliver great, fresh food and beer.


The New Malton

We are a busy dog friendly pub in Malton market place, featured in the Michelin guide, serving locally sourced seasonal food all day everyday. we also offer a constantly changing selection of Yorkshire cask ales, great wine and a good selection of gins and whiskies.

Why Should You Win?

We should win because we a in independent free of tie pub ran by the owners with a hard working team offering the best in customer service and we are one of the few eateries in the area offering a genuinely seasonal food and ale menu.


The Talbot Hotel

The Talbot Hotel, Malton has long been an important hotel serving both locals and visitors to the area. The building was originally under monastic ownership. In 1739 it was purchased by Sir Thomas Wentworth, ancestor of the Fitzwilliam/Naylor-Leyland families. Having fallen into disrepair under lease, the Fitzwilliam Estate (Naylor-Leyland) took over the grade II* listed building in 2011. Over £4m was invested to provide a quality 26 bedroom hotel serving outstanding food.

Why Should You Win?

The Talbot Hotel should win the best pub or bar award because we support numerous local businesses and are passionate about doing so. From the moment you walk in to the bar you are able to see the various different drink selections we have to offer from all around Ryedale, and Yorkshire itself displayed on our shelves. For example the beer we offer on tap is brewed just 0.1 miles from our front doorstep - that is as fresh as you can get! A selection of the gins we serve include Raisthorpe, Slingsby and Hedgerow, the latter is distilled in Malton. The team working behind the bar are extremely passionate in their knowledge of what drinks accompany and compliment certain dishes within the hotel's restaurants, and are always keen to learn more about the journey of the offerings we have in our bar.


THOR'S tipi bar

THOR’S tipi bar was launched in 2015 to re-imagine Christmas - creating a unique Nordic Winter Wonderland, nestled in the heart of York. Two linked canvas tipis form the bar, festooned with lighting and decked out with wooden tables and benches, cosy furs and a fire pit. An outdoor heated area allows customers to soak up the festival atmosphere whilst watching the hustle and bustle around them. Local breweries serve lagers and draft ales including Thor’s Thunder guest beer. Mulled wine, hot cider and a fully licensed bar ensures there is something to warm everyone's cockles. A hot chocolate station allowed kids, big and small, to choose a topping for their homemade chocolate treat. We work with Shambles Kitchen and Donut Kitchen for our food offering. Both companies are well-established businesses that have worked in the city centre for years and their following proves their excellence. THOR’S became a brand and the team worked hard to ensure that the brand and its beliefs were expressed through all channels. From the quality of the local produce sourced, to the training of the staff, THOR’S became a destination that got the whole town talking.

Why Should You Win?

THOR’S tipi bar, due to return for its third year, is unique in that it offers the only dwelling space within the Christmas market, giving the shoppers somewhere to relax with an open fire and cosy furs. Understanding York’s visitors and heritage was a key factor in the design and concept of THOR’S. Produced by two local Yorkshire companies, we insisted on using local producers and suppliers, in keeping with our local theme. Working with local suppliers, Shambles Kitchen and Donut Kitchen was key to making sure the products were high end but not high in price. We understand that not everyone eats meat or drinks alcohol and special items were added to the menu to accommodate for all tastes. Finding a local brewery was important too and we worked with Brew York and Brass Castle from Malton - given we sold 24,000 pints in total, we think we chose well. Using a non-intimidating security company that became part of the team all added to the feeling you were being welcomed into a family-friendly, safe establishment. Getting customer satisfaction was key to us, we spent valuable time with our customers in the bar to gain their thoughts, to reading and responding to all social media comments. We spent time training our staff on the values of THOR’S – how to speak, where the event derived from, why we picked our suppliers and all of these little touches helped to make a customer experience that bit more special.


Ye Old Sun Inn

A rural village retreat offering the very best in Yorkshire hospitality, wether it's a celebration meal in our award winning pub restaurant from our kitchen team, Wood Fired Pizza in our new Garden Bar or just popping in for refreshments from our amazing front of house team.... we like to think we have it all! Cookery Classes, Quiz Nights, Wine Club and regular monthly events.... check us out!

Why Should You Win?

We have been in the Sun for over 13 years, serving the village in great Yorkshire Hospitality.... carving a name for ourselves locally, and nationally. We take pride in what we do and the direction the pub takes. Putting our customers, villagers and our team first to create a welcoming environment that still fits the title of 'local pub'... We are proud of what we can offer and how diverse we can be within our little village jewel. A great pub, for great people.... come and give us a try- and hopefully your vote!


Listener Choice Award: Best Pub or Bar
Ainsty York
Chapter Two
Coach and Horses
The Blacksmiths Arms
THOR's tipi bar
Ye Old Sun Inn

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