Honours on way for quartet of businesses?

Dillons of Whitby is a finalist in the White Rose Awards
Dillons of Whitby is a finalist in the White Rose Awards

Four local businesses are celebrating after being shortlisted for a host of prestigious awards.

Raithwaite Hall, The Cliffemount Hotel and Dillons Bed and Breakfast are finalists in Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards, while restaurant Passage to India is in line for a English Curry Awards gong.

The White Rose Awards are the biggest of their kind in the UK and recognise the cream of Yorkshire’s tourism industry.

Both Raithwaite Hall and The Cliffemount Hotel have enjoyed success at the event in the past, however this is the first time that Dillons has been nominated.

Mathew Brown, who is joint-owner of the Chubb Hill Road-based bed and breakfast, said that he and his business partner Craig Stimson were “over the moon” to have been listed as finalists.

“This is a great accolade, we are absolutely delighted,” he added.

“Although we were optimistic that we might have been in with a chance, it still came as a nice surprise when we received the email giving us the good news.”

Mr Brown said that Dillons had received a visit from a mystery shopper who gave them some feedback as to what had impressed him during his stay.

“Our mystery shopper complimented us on the decor,” Mr Brown added.

“It was however remarked that the quality of the service was what set us apart from your traditional bed and breakfast experience.

“We do try to offer our guests that bit extra. We provide massages, champagne and chocolates which are things you might not expect from a B & B.”

Mr Brown feels that the recognition of another Whitby business by Welcome to Yorkshire is good news for the town.

“Anything that helps put Whitby on the map is a good thing,” he continued.

“It is great that the town is known for the quality of the service it provides for visitors.”

The White Rose Awards will take place in Harrogate in November in a year that has seen the county’s profile receive worldwide coverage thanks to the visit of the Tour de France.

Stars from screen and sport will be in attendance, including cast members from Emmerdale, to celebrate all things Yorkshire.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This has been an historic year for Yorkshire that will long live in the memory.

“So our awards are the perfect way to not only toast a great year, but celebrate a host of amazing, creative tourism businesses that work tirelessly to help make Yorkshire the leading destination it is today.”

Tourism is Yorkshire’s third biggest sector and is worth around £7bn.

The amount spent by international visitors in 2013 year-on-year rocketed by 35 per cent, with visits up 11 per cent.

According to Welcome to Yorkshire, the latest 2014 visitor statistics show that there was a strong start to the summer for the region’s attractions. They show visits to the county were up six per cent in May, and spending increased by almost a third, up 28 per cent.

It is, however, not just Whitby’s tourist industry that is flourishing and attracting plaudits.

One of the town’s most popular eateries, Passage to India in Windsor Terrace is a finalist in the Best Marketing Campaign category of the English Curry Awards.