Whitby celebrates an awards hat-trick

Sue and John Morley of the Stables Cross Butss Restaurant pick up their award
Sue and John Morley of the Stables Cross Butss Restaurant pick up their award
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Whitby has landed an impressive hat-trick of awards at three separate events this past week.

The Stables at Cross Butts Restaurant is celebrating after winning two prestigious awards.

The community award winners pictured with County Council leader Cllr Carl Les, left, and County Council chairman Cllr Val Arnold, right. The winners are (from left): Yvonne Harrison and Vicky Millson of WHISH, Joseph Banks, Sam Spence and Ann Akers of Thirsk Yarnbombers, and Jane Lishman.

The community award winners pictured with County Council leader Cllr Carl Les, left, and County Council chairman Cllr Val Arnold, right. The winners are (from left): Yvonne Harrison and Vicky Millson of WHISH, Joseph Banks, Sam Spence and Ann Akers of Thirsk Yarnbombers, and Jane Lishman.

The business was set up by dairy farmers John and Sue Morley, after 280 animals on their 17th Century farm had to be slaughtered as foot and mouth disease swept across the countryside in 2001.

Now the booming restaurant and accommodation business has been named Business of the Year 2016 in the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards.

The awards recognise the business achievements of local firms along the Yorkshire coast – and it was a double success for Cross Butts Whitby, as John and Sue also won the hotly-contested Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year award.

Both awards were presented at a ceremony in the Royal Hall at Bridlington Spa, in a ceremony attended by hundreds of the region’s leading business owners.

Mark Alderson and Georgie Alderson-Smith of the Allerbyt Hotel receive their award from editor of Hotel Owner, Michael Northcutt.
picture: Steve Burton

Mark Alderson and Georgie Alderson-Smith of the Allerbyt Hotel receive their award from editor of Hotel Owner, Michael Northcutt. picture: Steve Burton

John said: “To win the Tourism and Hospitality Business award is a great achievement in itself, given how many visitor businesses there are on the Yorkshire Coast – but to also be chosen as Business of the Year is fantastic.

“We’re both very proud of all the team here at Cross Butts, who have worked so hard with us to build a successful business. It’s a happy ending to what has been a busy year for us here.”

Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help (WHISH), a group supporting families in the Whitby area, whose children have a hidden impairment and disabilities, was a winner at North Yorkshire County Council’s annual community awards.

The awards showcase the voluntary work undertaken by people to make their neighbourhoods better places to live in and to help the council to deliver critical services, such as providing social networks that reduce isolation and enable people to live independently for longer.

WHISH supports more than 100 children with more than 40 different disabilities, and their parents.

The charity fought off competition to land the accolade of best community group, from The Bobbins Community Craft Centre/Beach Keepers and Helmsley in Business.

The Ellerby Country Inn claimed the Outstanding Host award at the eviivo Awards to make it a fabulous treble for the Whitby area.

Owners Mark and Georgie Alderson fought off fierce competition from nine fellow finalists on their way to glory, after being shortlisted among several thousands of hospitality workers.

They were presented with their award by Michael Northcott, editor of Hotel Owner, in front of an audience of 200 guests at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Mr Alderson said: “This is a great honour, we’re next to speechless. We genuinely love what we do and are always thinking of ways to provide our guests with the best possible experience, whether they are with us for one night or two weeks.

“It may sound a bit cliché but we really couldn’t have done it without our superstar team and this award is theirs as much as it is ours.”