The essential journalist news source
Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery wins regional business award

Yorkshire's first single malt whiskydistillery wins regional business award


The team at Yorkshire's first single malt whisky distillery are celebrating after winning a regional business award.


Hunmanby based Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery's Co-Founder, Tom Mellor was presented with the award forSmall Business of the Year at a gala dinner to celebrate the 30thanniversary of theYork PressBusiness Awards at York Racecourse recently.

In a ‘hotly contested final', Spirit of Yorkshire beat finalists theYorkshire Pasta Company and DAW Logistics Ltd and was praised forits ‘rapid growth, successful launch of a whisky in lockdown, and focus on sustainability.'


"Thanks to our flexible team, we were able to continue making, bottling and marketing Yorkshire's first single malt whisky throughout the lockdowns, so this win is for them," saidfellow Co-Founder, David Thompson.


David Coates, regional managing director of Newsquest (North) which owns The Press, told guests: "Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, the businesses represented here tonight will help our economy power out of the pandemic into a future that's every bit as bright as the last 30 years since we started these celebrations."


Spirit of Yorkshire is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor and business partner, David Thompson who launched Yorkshire's first single malt whisky in 2019.




Photo:David Thompson with the York Press Small Business Award David Thompson with the York Press award



For more information or to arrange an interview with Tom Mellor or David Thompson,please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on:


Direct line:01430 871360

Mobile:07971 961574




Notes to editors

1.     For more information about Spirit of Yorkshire, please visit

2.     For more information about the York Press Business Awards, please visit