Meet the winners of the first Love York awards

12 Feb 2021 @ 6.00 pm
| Entertainment

Congratulations to the first ever winners of the #LoveYork awards!

They were announced today after thousands of people had voted for their favourite tourism, hospitality and retail businesses.

The online awards were a celebration of the city in lockdown, and were organised by Make It York.

A triple winner was Dorian Deathly’s Dark Tours, which took Favourite York Virtual Experience, the Going the Extra Mile Award and the Lockdown Hero Award.

Food and drink venues were showcased through a number of awards. The public chose Shambles Market Food Court (Gold), Spark:York CIC (Silver) and Yuzu Street Food (Bronze) as their Favourite Lockdown Foodie Experiences.

And the House of Trembling Madness took the coveted Pub I’ll Be Heading To First award.

The House of Trembling Madness on Lendal. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Ashley Young, senior marketing manager at Make It York, said: “The competition for the #LoveYork Awards was truly fierce, with each nominated business deserving to be the chosen winner.

“We are immensely proud of all the hard work that has gone on in York’s tourism, hospitality and retail industries over the last year, and these awards are a way to really recognise their resilience, creativity and passion.”

More than 6,400 people voted in the awards. The full results are below.

The award winners

Favourite York Virtual Experience
Gold – Dorian Deathly’s Dark Tours
Silver – National Railway Museum Online
Bronze – Shadows of York virtual tour

The Restaurant I Can’t Wait to Dine At
Gold – Lucia Wine Bar & Grill
Silver – Roots York
Bronze – Ambiente Tapas

An Attraction or Experience I’ll Be Visiting First After Lockdown
Gold – York Maze
Silver – Dorian Deathly’s Dark Tours
Bronze – York Minster

Terrifying times at York Dungeon

The Most Surprising York Hidden Gem
Gold – The York Dungeon
Silver – The Bar Convent
Bronze – The Blue Bell

The Pub/Bar I’ll Be Heading to First
Gold – The House of Trembling Madness
Silver – The Lamb and Lion Inn
Bronze – Brew York

Favourite Lockdown Foodie Experience
Gold – Shambles Market Food Court
Silver – Spark: York CIC
Bronze – Yuzu Street Food

Going the Extra Mile Award
Gold – Dorian Deathly’s Dark Tours
Silver – York Gin
Bronze – Love Cheese

The Event I’m Eager to Attend
Gold – York Christmas Festival
Silver – York Food & Drink Festival
Bronze – York Races

Sheila’s Fruit and Veg on Shambles Market. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Home Away from Home Award
Gold – The Grand York
Silver – The Principal York
Bronze – 23 St Mary’s

Favourite York Independent Shopping Experience
Gold – Shambles Market
Silver – York Gin
Bronze – The Potions Cauldron

Lockdown Hero Award
Gold – Dorian Deathly’s Dark Tours
Silver – Spark: York CIC
Bronze – The Supper Collective