Hotham’s awards haul at the biggest ever White Rose Awards

Emma Kinton
Emma Kinton, co-founder of Hotham’s Gin School, Hull.

Hot on the heels of their recent success at local food and tourism award ceremonies, Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery has now been recognised as Yorkshire’s ‘Experience of the Year’ in the prestigious White Rose Awards 2019, as well as winning silver and bronze awards in three more categories.

The shortlist for the 2019 White Rose Awards saw 103 finalists in the running to win one of the highly coveted trophies. The event, celebrating the very best in food, drink, accommodation and visitor attractions in Yorkshire, took place at the Leeds First Direct Arena on Monday 25th November. The glitzy award ceremony featured top quality Yorkshire entertainment, including live music and a three-course meal jam packed with fresh and tasty Yorkshire produce.

There were 19 categories in total for 2019 with the winner of each category ranked as gold, and the two runners up rated silver and bronze. In 15 of the categories the entire top three have been automatically entered in the Visit England Awards. Hotham’s won gold for ​Experience of the Year, silver for ​New Tourism Business Award ​and​ Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, ​and bronze for the ​Producers and Makers Award​.

Emma Kinton and Simon Pownall, directors and distillers at Hotham’s Ltd., said: “The White Rose Awards celebrate the very best of tourism in the whole of Yorkshire. To be a finalist is a huge achievement in itself; to win an award in all our shortlisted categories is phenomenal! We’re really proud of our products and of the Gin School experience we bring to our customers every week. We’re so thrilled to be recognised as the number one experience in the region, especially when Yorkshire is host to so many fabulous tourist attractions.”

The pair now aim to build on their success with the imminent opening of their second Gin School, in Leeds.

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