Six of the best watering holes in Leeds have been delivered grand final places ahead of Christmas.
The announcement comes after punters, staff and landlords voted in their droves to give their favourite pubs in the north and west Leeds heat a chance of winning the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Leeds Best Bar Competition 2014.
Last year’s winner The Golden Lion, in Pudsey, has once again made the grand final shortlist along with The Jug and Barrel, in Stanningley, and The New Highwood, in Roundhay,
They will join The Dexter, in Shadwell, and Hyde Park’s Royal Park Hotel and Hyde Park pub in next year’s 18-pub finale.
General manager and landlord of a year at The Dexter, Chris Tyrrell, said: “It’s brilliant, it’s so nice to be recognised.
“It is a community pub, so it will be nice for people to say their local is one of the best pubs in Leeds.”
Kevin Witter, owner of The New Highwood, said: “I can’t believe it. It’s a good sign considering our punters voted for us.”
And The Jug and Barrel’s manager Eilish Sheard described the feat as a “big boost” to the venue.
Meanwhile voting for the east Leeds heat is open until January 2, while today is your last chance to nominate the best pubs in south Leeds and the city centre for the voting stages.
Readers can vote for venues by text message in a bid to secure their favourite’s place in each heat’s top six.
The top six bars in each heat will go on to be entered into the competition’s grand final. A special YEP supplement will list all finalists in early March.
Susan Tyler-Stringer, regional promotions manager at the YEP, said: “Reaching the grand final is recognition of the hard work of these publicans.
“We’d like to say thank you to all those who voted, while welcoming heat two votes and heat three nominations. Don’t miss the chance to give your favourite bar the credit it deserves.”
The winning pub or bar will receive a banner, a trophy and the prestige of being recognised as the YEP Leeds Best Bar 2014.
For competition information see page 24 of today’s paper.