TWO Scarborough businesses have outshone the rest in a contest to find the region’s “hidden gems”.
Eat Me in Hanover Road scooped first place in the category for Best Restaurant, Cafe, Takeaway or Bar and Pinewood Holiday Park in Racecourse Road won the award for Best Hotel/B&B.
The contest was organised by Northern Rail to recognise the best independent businesses, attractions and beauty spots across the North and provide them with the support and recognition they deserve.
The winners in the Yorkshire region were whittled down from hundreds of nominations and will now go through to the network wide final to compete against winners in five other areas to be named best Hidden Gem in the North.
Martyn Hyde, who owns Eat Me cafe with his partner Stephen Dinardo, said: “We’re flabbergasted! This is purely down to our customers, who have really got behind us, so we’d like to thank them for that.
“We’re a community cafe and there is a real, old fashioned community feel to the street, so hope fully this will be good for us, for the street and for Scarborough.
“The road is buzzing now and we need to get as many people to this area of town as possible.”
Kerry Woodhead, who owns Pinewood Holiday Park with her husband Dave, said: “We’re thrilled. We’ve been here six years now and really appreciate the fact that people have nominated us.
“We keep trying to add new things and improve every year, so it’s great to see that people recognise that.
“We have lived here all our lives and want as many people to visit Scarborough as possible.”
The Hidden Gems project is aimed at highlighting and driving tourism, customers and footfall.
Ian Bevan, managing director at Northern Rail, said: “After much deliberation the judges chose the regional winners based on the fact they embodied the spirit of true hidden gems and are well worthy of the win.
“We hope that by recognising them in this way we can highlight them to a wider audience.”