Pub shortlisted for award

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A PUB near Scarborough is battling it out to win the title of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub.

The Anvil Inn, at Sawdon, is one of 12 pubs to be shortlisted for the award following a competition run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, which pulled in almost 2,000 votes.

The Black Swan, in Main Street, Brandesburton, Driffield, is also in the running after a panel of judges narrowed the 30 with the most votes down to 12 finalists.

The public are now being invited to vote for which of the 12 pubs they think is Yorkshire’s favourite. Voting will take place until July 6 at www.yorkshire.com/pub. The pub with the most votes will then be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show on July 12.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Many people know which are the best locals and we want to share that knowledge with visitors. The response to the competition from the public has been fantastic. The judges found it hugely challenging in getting the top 30 down to a final list for the public to vote a favourite from as the standard was so high.

“We felt these final 12 pubs represent some of the best pubs in the county. The comments voters sent in about these were so heartfelt and full of pride, all of which contributed to the decision-making process.”