The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards are an annual celebration of all things hospitality and tourism throughout God’s Own County.
Judged by a team of industry experts including the likes of Elaine Lemm (food writer & chef), and James Mitchinson (Editor of The Yorkshire Post), there are 17 categories covering everything from art & culture, to hotels, customer service, producers & makers, and visitor attractions.
For the second year in a row, we were delighted that The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre was shortlisted in the Large Visitor Attraction category (over 50,000 visitors per year). And we were certainly in good company, with other finalists including Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Stockeld Park, Newby Hall & Gardens, and the National Science & Media Museum, Bradford.
The awards ceremony was held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, with over 1000 guests in attendance from around the county.
We were honoured to be highly commended in a very tough category, with the overall winner being Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal; a National Trust and world heritage site.
We were thrilled with the judges’ comments about our Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, which recognised the continual development and quality of our offer, especially given the calibre of our competitors. They included:
“This attraction’s main wow factor was definitely the cheese! A comprehensive tasting experience, a packed gift shop stocked with a huge range of local produce, Yorkshire themed gifts and cookware, unusual greeting cards and cheese accessories; as well as a choice of restaurant or cafeteria with a great cheese-based menu and the opportunity to view the cheese production and enjoy a demonstration on cheese-making. It was a pleasure to nibble your way around this varied and entertaining attraction.”
“The general cleanliness, hygiene and presentation of the attraction was exceptional. There were handwashing facilities before the tasting area. Both the restaurant and less formal 1897 café areas were well maintained with tables efficiently cleared and cleaned. The museum was very clean bright and well maintained too. There was good housekeeping throughout with caring well-trained staff.”
“The cheese tasting and the delightful lunch time experience (each dish of which had a cheesey influence) was exceptional. There was evidence of the factory in action throughout with large cheeses being brought in and new cheeses being cut during the tastings. It very much felt like a family affair and one in which you were invited to participate and relish but also be proud of as an important part of the Yorkshire Pantry. A completely enjoyable if rather filling experience that was set in a lovely landscape in the upper Dales. A very worthy finalist.”
A brilliant achievement, certainly one to be celebrated, and fingers crossed for 2018’s awards!