Celebration time at Leeds pub as it scoops contest win

CHEERS: The Hyde Park manager Richard Seaman with the staff. PIC: Simon Hulme
CHEERS: The Hyde Park manager Richard Seaman with the staff. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Staff at a Leeds pub were raising a glass in celebration today after it was voted the city’s top drinking spot by readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Hyde Park, on Headingley Lane, has taken first place in the YEP’s Leeds Best Bar Competition 2014.

Situated in the heart of the city’s studentland, it saw off 17 other shortlisted pubs and bars to grab the contest’s coveted crown.

And today Hyde Park manager Richard Seaman told of his delight at the establishment’s confirmation as the best local in the business. He said: “We are so pleased, it’s absolutely amazing news. We try to appeal to students and other residents alike, so knowing they have got behind us and helped us win makes it all the more special.”

Readers were able to vote for their favourite venues via text message or by cutting out and posting coupons printed in the YEP.

Sean Greenish, promotions co-ordinator at the YEP, said: “Leeds’s hard-working pub and bar workers are often unfairly overlooked, so it’s good that we’ve been able to give them some well deserved recognition. We’d like to say thank you to all the people who voted, their backing for the competition was very much appreciated.

“We were inundated with votes from the word go and it’s just a shame there could only be one winner!”

Second place in the competition went to Hunslet’s Parnaby Tavern while The Plough Inn, in Burton Salmon, east of Leeds, came third.

Other venues on the shortlist included Stanningley’s Jug and Barrel, Morley’s Halfway House and Sherburn in Elmet’s Wheatsheaf Inn as well as last year’s winner, Pudsey’s Golden Lion.

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