YEP Leeds Pub of the Year contest winner is revealed

Readers' votes have poured in for the Yorkshire Evening Post's Leeds Pub of the Year 2019 contest.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 10:01 am

We asked readers to post in coupons and name their favourite pub.

And today, the YEP can reveal the watering hole that has taken the top spot in our hotly-contested competition is The Bridge in Horsforth.

Second was The Woodman at Halton; third was the Black Lion in Bramley and fourth was the Commercial Inn, Commercial Street, Morley.

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Yorkshire Evening Post Pub of the Year 2019. Rachel Jenkinson from winners The Bridge at Horsforth. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Mum-of-three Rachel Jenkinson has been landlady at The Bridge on Low Lane in Horsforth for 12-years.

The Bridge was second in the 2018 Pub of the Year competition.

Mrs Jenkinson said: "We are absolutely over the moon to win.

"The customers are all really pleased and they keep saying well done.

Yorkshire Evening Post Pub of the Year. Winners The Bridge at Horsforth. From left, Matthew Green, Niamh Jenkinson, Mark Stringer, Rachel Jenkinson and Richard Roger Davidson. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe 3rd January 2020.

"It's just nice to know that people appreciate all the hard work that goes into running the pub and that they enjoy themselves while they are here.

"It's a nice pub with a good atmosphere. We do home-cooked food and we have got various darts teams and football teams playing from here."

Mrs Jenkinson said the popular Bridge Beer and Pie Festival is held at the pub at the end of May each year.

Mum-of-one Sinead Flanagan has been landlady at the Woodman pub on Selby Road, Halton, for two-and-a-half-years.

Yorkshire Evening Post Pub of the Year 2019. Rachel Jenkinson from winners The Bridge at Horsforth. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The Woodman placed third in last year's Pub of the Year competition.

Miss Flanagan said: "I was really happy that we came second this year.

"It's a regulars pub where everyone knows each other and my staff are all nice and friendly.

"The pub is owned by Craft Union and they are about the customer and are always making sure the customer gets the best service at the best price.

Yorkshire Evening Post Pub of the Year 2019. Sinead Flanagan and her son Luca at runners up The Woodman at Halton. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

"It's not a pub where you walk in and it's cliquey, everyone is welcome and people are made to feel welcome."

Miss Flanagan said the pub hosts karaoke and disco every weekend.

Marsha Jones has been landlady at the Black Lion on Broad Lane, Bramley, for four years.

She said: "We are the hub of the community. We have a loyal customer base and fantastic staff and we have always got something going on.

"We have a Bramley's Got Talent contest starting at the end of January and we have live entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"The pub is owned by Admiral Taverns and their support is brilliant."

Yorkshire Evening Post Pub of the Year 2019. Michael Duke from third place The Black Lion at Bramley. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe