Community pub punters in south Leeds have voted their local as Leeds’ top drinking spot for the first time.
The Parnaby Tavern, in Hunslet, has claimed first place in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Pub of the Year 2015 competition which is voted for by readers.
Whether it was your local’s great ambience, top notch ale, wine and food or its character that swayed your vote, we wanted to hear from you.
Mark Greenwood, who has been running the Parnaby Tavern with wife Linda for five years, feels the pub’s role at the heart of its south Leeds community has served it well.
“We do stretch far and wide and run all sorts of things for the community and even these days, when people think their neighbours are far away, it’s not the case in Hunslet and Belle Isle – they look after each other.”
He continued: “We were flabbergasted at coming second last year, so to win is amazing – especially to think so many people would vote for us.”
After we announced the final shortlist of 10 pubs in November, the final surge of votes saw second place go to The Bridge, in Horsforth, while last year’s winner the Hyde Park, in Headingley Lane, came third.
Landlady at The Bridge, Rachel Jenkinson, claims that since the pub was refurbished a year ago it has gone “from strength to strength”.
She said: “We are over the moon. It’s nice to be recognised for the hard work and it shows we are doing something right.”
Hyde Park manager Richard Seaman said that ranking in the top three once again is a great achievement.
He added: “It’s time to give someone else their time in the limelight – it’s a really prestigious award. It’s really nice to know our customers are voting us into that position.”
Sean Greenish, promotions coordinator at the YEP, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to give these great pubs some well deserved recognition.”