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Yorkshire’s first whisky distillery shortlisted for two regional awards

Yorkshire's first whisky distillery shortlisted fortwo regional awards


The team at Yorkshire's first Whisky Distillery are celebrating after reaching the final of two regional awards.


Hunmanby based Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery has been shortlisted in the Small Business Category of the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards and has also reached the final in the Rural Tourist Attraction category of the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards.


In the Chamber awards, the Distillery faces competition from vintage shoes and clothing business, Angelabare and KD Recruitment. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony at Bridlington Spa on 19thOctober.


Spirit of Yorkshire's co-founder and director, David Thompson is delighted to have been shortlisted: "Both of these are prestigious local awards and we're very proud to have reached the final.


"Our tourist attraction has only been open just over a year, so we're over the moon to have been shortlisted in the Rural Tourist Attraction of the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards and are looking forward to the awards event in Harrogate on 11thOctober."


Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson. The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn't simply replicate Scotch. The distillery is a true field to bottle setup and boasts some of the most impressive distilling equipment in the country, includingtwo of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland. It is thought to be the only distillery operating in the UK that grows all of its own barley for its whisky production.





Photo:David Thompson and fellow co-founder and director, Tom Mellor Spirit of Yorkshire founders David and Tom

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Notes to editors


  1. For more information about Spirit of Yorkshire, please visit
  2. For more information about the Chamber awards, please visit
  3. For more information about the Yorkshire Post Rural awards, please visit
  4. The Distillery and Pot Still Coffee Shop are open 7 days a week; 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 10am-3pm on a Sunday. Tours run daily all year round at the following times...Monday-Saturday; 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Sunday; 12pm and 2pm. Booking is advisable by calling 01723 891758.
  5. For more information about the monthly Jazz and Blues and the distillery sessions, please visit
  6. In February 2018, Spirit of Yorkshire won VisitEngland Welcome Award in the Attractions Accolades in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they have provided since they opened their visitor attraction in April 2017. They also won the Best Tourism & Hospitality Business at the Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Chamber Awards in October 2017.
  7. The Spirit of Yorkshire's logo depicts a gannet. The team at Spirit of Yorkshire identifies with the fearless, graceful and purposeful birds that have prospered at nearby Bempton Cliffs for many years. In the same way that the gannets have a homing instinct, wherever the team roam to explore new ideas, they will always return to where Yorkshire's first whisky was born.