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Organisers have announced the shortlist for each of the eleven categories in the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards.

They’ll be presented at a gala dinner taking place at the Royal Hall on 4th June 2018.

Category sponsors and organisers were in town this week to meet some of the nominees after having deliberated long & hard over some very tough decisions because of the excellent quality of the nominations again this year with over 1500 received in total – an awards record!

Celebrating their tenth year, the awards are organised and hosted by Destination Harrogate, the association of the leading hotels of the town. David Ritson, of Destination Harrogate, added:

“This is our tenth year anniversary for these awards and it is clear from the number of entries we received again this year, that these awards have truly captured the imagination of those working in, or affected by hospitality and tourism, and shows what a major industry it is for the town.

“As the quality of the votes improves we have been keen to go and see these ‘stars’ in action and it is great to see their faces when they realise their hard work has been appreciated. Harrogate relies heavily on both business and leisure tourism and everyone involved in the chain of visitor service delivery play their part in continuing to deliver the excellent standards of service and hospitality associated with Harrogate.”

Simon Cotton also of Destination Harrogate commented:

“The judges were once again impressed by the level and quality of entries this year and it took a lot of deliberating to decide who would make the short list. There were a lot of categories where it was really hard to have to leave out some really fantastic entries and I only hope that those who haven’t made it this year to the short list will try again next year.

“Winners in each category are still to be decided and to ensure we have the best candidates shortlisted several sponsors will be visiting the nominees at their place of work in coming weeks to see them in action and possibly even talk to them about their jobs. Some however will be doing this ‘undercover’, so watch out nominees as there’s still a lot to play for!

“There is no doubt that the awards night on Monday 4th June will once again be a quick sell out as it has proved to be year after year and with it being a special one, our tenth year, I know it’s going to a very special party to celebrate all the success that it has been in the past.”

If you would like to come and support those shortlisted, tickets are available through Linda Bradley
Tel 01423 858585 or email hr @cedarcourtharrogate.co.uk costing £60 per person. Demand for
tickets is already very high and usually sell out within 2 weeks of the shortlist being announced so
please book early to avoid disappointment.


The judging panels’ shortlists for each category are:

Waiter/Waitress of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate Spring Water

Brogan Russell – West Park hotel
Simon Barker – Balterzens
Anita Liddell – The Old Swan hotel
Matthew Weller – ASK Italian
Toby Bull – Lockwoods

Bar Person of the Year – sponsored by Matthew Clark

Chloe Thompson– Hales Bar
Matthew ‘Max’ Hall – The Den
Jaks Gardner – The Fat Badger
Neil Young – Crowne Plaza hotel
Dan Glover – Coach & Horses


Chef of the Year – sponsored by Sykes House Farm

Murray Wilson – Horto
Bethany Haresign – The Wild Plum
Damien – Deanos Graze & Grill
Oli Barta – William and Victoria
Michael Carr – Restaurant 92


Team of the Year – sponsored by Platinum Print
Events Team at the Majestic hotel
Tilly Peppers
La Feria
William & Victoria’s
Crackerjack BBQ

Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate College
Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House
Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours
The Ivy
Gino’s Harrogate


Unsung Hero – sponsored by Bidfood
Kita Hudson, Last Post
Terri Cole, Old Swan Hotel
Julie Wells, Cedar Court Hotel
St Michaels Volunteer Team
Harrogate Borough Council Parks & Gardens Team

Best Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Blueline Taxis
Transdev – Harrogate Bus Company
Harrogate In Bloom
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard
Rudding Park Spa


Outstanding Customer Service – Slingsby
Mykonos Bar & Grill
Laura Fell – West Park hotel
Tilly Peppers
Dejan ‘Deni’ Nikusevski – William & Victoria’s
Tracey Latimer – The Yorkshire Hotel

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Visit Harrogate
The Ivy
Konak Meze
Restaurant 92

Bar of the Year – sponsored by Timothy Taylor’s
Hales Bar
Last Post
Fat Badger


Harrogate Ambassador – sponsored by Harrogate Christmas Market
The winner of this special Award is to be announced on the night.

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