Recognition for food and drink champions

Rishi Sunak presents the special community award to Stuart Miller of the George and Dragon. Also pictured is awards presenter Elly Fiorentini.
Rishi Sunak presents the special community award to Stuart Miller of the George and Dragon. Also pictured is awards presenter Elly Fiorentini.

Honours have been presented to the best food and drink businesses in North Yorkshire.

Businesses from across Richmondshire, Hambleton, Harrogate and Ryedale districts gathered at the Flavours of Herriot Country Awards.

All the winners at the Flavour of Herriot Country Awards.

All the winners at the Flavour of Herriot Country Awards.

The food and drink awards, held at the Garden Rooms at Tennants of Leyburn, celebrate the area’s hospitality industry with honours presented to hotels, pubs, cafes and food and drink producers.

A special one-off award was presented by Rishi Sunak MP to the George and Dragon community pub at Hudswell, near Richmond.

The pub was closed for two years until the local community formed a trust to purchase and reopen it.

The pub now includes a Post Office, village shop, library, community allotments and free internet access.

This year it was named CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year and is in the running for UK pub of the year.

Mr Sunak said: “The George and Dragon is a wonderful community initiative. Villagers refused to let their local pub die and they have turned it into Yorkshire’s best pub.”

Other award winners included Yorebridge House Hotel at Bainbridge in Wensleydale for best customer service, and Roots Farm Shop at East Rounton, near Northallerton, which two awards, for best butcher and best village shop.

Black Sheep Brewery won the locally-produced beer of the year award and best attraction catering honour for its cafe/restaurant. Mocha in Richmond was best specialist retailer and The Coach House at Middleton Tyas won the Restaurant of the Year category.