Shibden Mill Inn named Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2015

Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards is the biggest tourism event of its kind in the UK. Over 1,000 finalists and special guests were in attendance on the night (9th Nov) which also saw Gary Barlow and Tim Firth made honorary Yorkshiremen.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "A very special thank you must go to all our winners for their achievement and their hard work. Winning a White Rose Award is a prestigious seal of approval, which helps show customers the high standards that each winner displays every day."

The awards, run by official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, are the biggest tourism awards in the UK and have been recognising tourism stars for more than 25 years.

Chair of the independent panel of judges, Professor Colin Mellors, added: "Each year the task of selecting winners, and those we wish to commend, gets tougher. The sheer range of what is on offer is remarkable and the quality of hospitality truly outstanding."

Shibden Mill Inn declared Britain's best pub

More than 17 years of hard work has paid off as this historic pub took the title of Sky Great British Pub of the Year.

Shibden Mill Inn took the national title of Best Freehouse in the Great British Pub Awards before going onto be named the overall winner at the awards event held at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Simon Heaton, who has run the 350-year-old pub for nearly two decades, was delighted with the win after his venue wowed the judges. Constant investment and an overall dedication to excellence across the board netted Simon and his team success in the awards, which recognise and reward excellence throughout the UK pub sector.

Ed Bedington, editor of the Publican's Morning Advertiser, which organised the awards, said: "Shibden Mill Inn is everything a Great British Pub should be, offering a great experience, great service and a great venue to all its guests.

"This is a pub to be proud of. Once you get under the stunning skin of this beautiful building, you realise that what lies beneath is the beating heart of a well oiled and precision engineered business.

"This operation is run like a dream and it's not happened by accident. Simon and Glen and the team have lovingly crafted this pub over that last two decades, and with plans to push it even further forward, it's only going to get better."

The Great British Pub Awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK's pub trade, with hundreds of entries received from across the country, and judged by a team of industry experts.

Shibden local makes national awards final

The Shibden Mill Inn has impressed judges at The Great British Pub Awards 2015 and been named as a finalist in the Best Freehouse Pub category.

The historic inn, owned by Simon and Caitlin Heaton, is now in with a chance of being crowned regional winner of Best Freehouse Pub for the Yorkshire, North East & Scotland region and being named national champion for the category at The Great British Pub Awards night on Thursday, 10 September at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The awards are organised by the Publican's Morning Advertiser.

Commenting, Simon Heaton, said: "It is great to know that Shibden Mill Inn impressed judges and beat off stiff competition to make it as a finalist. We are committed to providing a memorable experience for all our visitors and guests and recognition such as this is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the team. We're delighted."

Earlier this year Shibden Mill was named Inn of the Year 2015 by Les Routiers and opened a new upstairs Grill Room serving the region's finest meats, fish and locally grown produce.

Shibden Mill team completes 200 mile charity walking challenge

Simon Heaton, proprietor of the award-winning Shibden Mill Inn and chairman of The Great Inns of Britain, along with Shibden Mill's general manager Glen Pearson and friend, Mark Lewis, have successfully completed a gruelling 200 mile coast to coast walk in aid of three great charities.

Battered and bruised, but still smiling, the three arrived at Robin Hood's Bay, the small fishing village in the North York Moors National Park, little over nine days after setting off from St Bees - an impressive achievement even for the super-fit, which Simon, Glen and Mark, certainly are not! The walk takes most people over eleven days, however what they lacked in elite fitness they more than made up for with sheer determination to complete the 200 mile challenge in an impressive time, raising funds for three very worthy causes in the process. Simon, Glen and Mark were walking for Overgate Hospice, Breast Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK.

The trio encountered thick fog and gale force winds in the Lake District along with peat bogs on the North Pennine Moors; Simon holds his hands up to also taking them up a 2,400ft mountain by mistake - it was the wrong mountain - adding five miles to the twenty-two planned for that day and a further three hours walking time. However, the many highs on the walk out-weighed the countless hours and conditions, "Arriving in Robin Hoods Bay in the sunshine, we each experienced such an amazing sense of achievement," says Simon, "As we did most nights when we arrived exhausted at our destinations, looking forward to a well-earned beer, dinner and an early night."

The three have so far raised over £3,000 between them. You can still support their effort by donating at

Shibden Mill crowned Les Routiers Inn of the Year 2015

Yorkshire's Shibden Mill Inn has been named Les Routiers Inn of the Year 2015. It is the second time in four years that the 350 year old AA 5 Star, 2 Rosette establishment has been awarded the title.

The historic property is rich with character and rustic charm and a firm favourite with locals and food-lovers across the region. An ongoing investment and a commitment to quality ensures Shibden Mill presents a true taste of the region and serves-up fabulous Yorkshire hospitality to all who choose to relax under the beamed ceiling of the bar, enjoy a little al fresco dining alongside the flowing water of Red Beck or relax and slumber in one of the inn's eleven individually-styled, luxury guest rooms.

Launching at the end of this month and new for 2015 is the Shibden Mill Grill Room. Situated upstairs, the newly styled Grill Room presents forty covers and a fine selection of quality Yorkshire meats, fish and seafood, serving connoisseur wines by both the glass and bottle. Produce of the Shibden Valley, the surrounding area and region is the focus of the Grill Room, which is set to be an absolute treat for Shibden diners.

Commenting on being awarded the title of Les Routiers Inn of the Year 2015, Shibden Mill's proprietor, Simon Heaton, said: "Having previously been awarded the title in 2011, we are delighted and honoured to receive it again for a second time. It is a reflection of the hard word work and dedication of the entire team and our unwavering commitment to quality in all that we do."

Speaking on behalf of Les Routiers, Tina Griffiths said: "The Annual Awards highlight establishments that consistently meet and exceed our membership standards. For 2015 competition has been fierce with some extremely strong contenders; however Shibden Mill Inn is a very deserved winner. We extend our warmest congratulations and commend Simon and his team for being 'best in their class'!"

Shibden Mill Inn achieves AA 5 Star Inn status

The team at Shibden Mill is celebrating after it was announced that the Inn has achieved prestigious AA 5 Star Inn status.

A top achievement, it places Shibden Mill among an elite group as one of just forty-two AA 5 Star Inns in the country. Simon Heaton, the Inn's proprietor describes it as being "A reflection of the hard work and dedication of all involved with the day-to-day running of the Inn."

The historic property is rich with character and rustic charm and a firm favourite with locals and food-lovers across the region. An ongoing investment and a commitment to quality ensures Shibden Mill presents a true taste of the region and serves up fabulous Yorkshire hospitality to all who choose to relax under the beamed ceiling of the bar, enjoy a little al fresco dining alongside the flowing water of Red Beck or relax and slumber in one of the inn's eleven, individually-styled guest rooms.

This 5 Star success comes at a time when the Inn has also received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The award honours hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

A delighted Simon Heaton says: "We are so pleased with the national and regional recognition the Inn has attracted with these recent awards and accolades. We work hard to present a true taste of West Yorkshire, creating dishes rich in flavour and locally sourced produce that keep pace with the changing nature of the freshest seasonal ingredients, which are increasingly being harvested from our own vegetable and herb garden here at the inn. Our eleven guest rooms have recently undergone an extensive round of redesign and refurbishment to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay. Thank you everyone for supporting us and rest assured, we'll keep up the good work!"

Recognition by the Telegraph

Ok, so you can expect us to be a little bias, however that said, to be named 5th best in Yorkshire by the Telegraph! Well, we're very pleased with that!!

Homemade success

Shibden Mill Inn is a shortlisted finalist in the prestigious deliciouslyorkshire Awards with its mouth-wateringly delicious, homemade lemon curd.

The lemon curd is a regular at the inn’s award-winning breakfast table alongside many other homemade jams and is also used in Shibden Mill’s lemon cake on the morning coffee menu and with its afternoon teas. The inn’s lemon curd and jams have proved so popular that guests can also purchase jars to take away with them.

Shibden Mill will now go head-to-head with the region’s finest in the hope of being announced as the winner of the coveted award at the final on Wednesday 25th September, which is to be held at the National Railway Museum in York.


Shibden Mill Inn shortlisted for major tourism award

The Shibden Mill Inn has been shortlisted for a White Rose Award - the biggest tourism awards in the UK.

The historic inn has made it through to the final of the Yorkshire Pub of the Year category.

With eleven individually styled, luxurious 4Star bedrooms and award-winning 2 Rosette food, this hidden gem nestling in the fold of the Shibden Valley has attracted national recognition for its warm Yorkshire hospitality.

Winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony on November 11 at New Dock Hall near the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Winners of each category will not only scoop one of these prestigious accolades, but they are also entered into the national tourism awards next year.

Simon Heaton, the Shibden Mill Inn’s owner said: "We are very proud to be announced as a finalist in such a fiercely contested category, in which the standards are extremely high. It’s the third year we have been shortlisted, so it’s tremendous recognition for the whole team here at Shibden Mill who do such a grand job in welcoming locals and those travelling to this picturesque part of Yorkshire from far and wide.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Competition this year was so fierce that every business making it to the shortlist should consider it a huge achievement in itself as they have had to contend with some real quality competition. It's always a close run thing, but there's every chance they could go on and win one of these prestigious White Rose Awards."

More than a thousand people are expected to attend the awards and tickets plus more information are available at

Wednesday is now ‘Overgate Wednesday’ at Shibden Mill Inn

To coincide with now being open all day, Shibden Mill Inn has announced the launch of ‘Overgate Wednesday’.

The multi award-winning inn has chosen Overgate Hospice as its charity for 2013 and to donate 50p for every person sitting down to enjoy its new morning coffee & cake and afternoon tea menus, each and every Wednesday.

Simon Heaton, the inn’s owner said: “We are delighted to be supporting Overgate Hospice this year and hope to raise a significant sum over the coming months. ‘Overgate Wednesday’ is just one initiative, when we will be donating against our new morning coffee & cake and afternoon tea menus and we will soon be announcing other fund-raising events planned for the future.”

Shibden Mill Inn’s new coffee & cake menu is available from 9am-11.30am, Monday to Friday and afternoon tea is served between 3 and 5pm.



Shibden Mill Inn now open all day

Enjoy a hearty and award-winning Full Yorkshire breakfast with the day’s papers, served from 7-10am Monday to Friday and 8-10am on Saturday and Sunday. Prebooking is the best way to make sure your table is reserved and waiting for you.

A wide range of morning coffees and an assortment of homemade cakes are now available Monday to Friday from 9 - 11:30am and then after lunch a special afternoon tea menu will be available from 3 - 5pm (Monday - Friday).

Our chosen charity for 2013 is Overgate Hospice and each and every Wednesday here at The Shibden Mill Inn will be ‘Overgate Wednesday’, when 50p will be donated for everyone sitting down to enjoy morning coffee and cake or afternoon tea from the new menus.

Shibden Mill Inn is Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub

After thousands of votes and hundreds of different nominations the public has crowned Shibden Mill Inn as Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2011.

The Halifax establishment was announced as the winner at the Great Yorkshire Show and will feature in a new Ale Trail being launched by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The competition began in April and the first round of voting saw the public nominate more than 200 different pubs. The top 30 most popular all feature in the new Ale Trail, which also includes a guide map and highlights a range of festivals to see and breweries to visit.

The 12 finalists then attracted almost 3,000 votes between them as the public had their say on who should take home the winner’s title.

TV presenter Christa Ackroyd was on hand to present the trophy to Shibden Mill Inn, and congratulate The George and Dragon, Hudswell, who came second and The Shoulder of Mutton, Kirkby Overblow, who came third.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted by the response we’ve had to our competition at every stage from both our great pubs and their patrons.

“The thousands of votes that have poured in during the last couple of months just go to show that not only do we have an unrivalled mix of pubs here in Yorkshire, but the passion and interest in them is incredibly strong.

“Our aim was to celebrate and promote pubs across Yorkshire – and we hope that’s what we’ve done through the competition and the new Ale Trail which is an engaging, informative guide for visitors to the great county.”

The trail has been supported by brewery T&R Theakston Ltd and Simon Theakston, executive director, said: “The trail will give people a real taste of the amazing offer of friendly pubs and some of the best ales in the country. Yorkshire has a proud tradition of creating and crafting award-winning beer and here at Theakston, we hope this trail encourages more visitors to discover this for themselves.”

Ale Trails are available from Tourist Information Centres, events, various hotels and attractions and can be ordered at

The Shibden Mill Inn Awarded 2nd AA Rosette

The Shibden Mill Inn has been awarded a 2nd AA Rosette for the quality of its food, following an inspection by the AA.
This landmark achievement is the latest in a string of awards The Shibden Mill Inn has won over the past six months, which include being crowned UK Food Pub of the Year at the prestigious Publican Awards, in April.
Of the award, proprietor Simon Heaton said: “It is a truly fabulous achievement and testimony to the hard work and dedication of the team. With food being such a key part of what we offer, a 2nd AA Rosette represents a fabulous endorsement of the talents of Head Chef, Darren Parkinson, along with all those in the kitchen and front of house.”
The 17th Century Inn enjoys a reputation that extends far beyond the Yorkshire borders. Eleven, individually styled, luxurious guest rooms make stopping over an absolute joy for those wishing to indulge in a true taste of West Yorkshire. An AA 4Star Inn, it has been loving restored over the past thirteen years by owners, Simon and Caitlin Heaton, who have succeeded in retaining the historic character of the building and tastefully adding to its rustic charm. Nestling in the fold of West Yorkshire’s Shibden Valley, it represents an ideal location from which to explore the area’s many attractions and enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. However, for many, once you have arrived and unpacked, there’s little reason to leave.

Crowned UK Food Pub of the Year 2011

The Shibden Mill Inn is celebrating after being honoured with the title of UK Food Pub of the Year at the prestigious Publican Awards.

The charming 17th Century inn beat off stiff competition to scoop the coveted title in front of the great and the good of the UK’s licensed hospitality industry, during a lavish ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House, Park Lane.

Head Chef Darren Parkinson, accompanied by a highly-talented kitchen team, has residency behind the stove and consistently produces a wide selection of dishes made using the freshest of locally sourced produce. They succeed in showcasing the very best West Yorkshire has to offer and the Inn enjoys a far reaching reputation that extends way beyond the Yorkshire borders. Many travel from far and wide to enjoy fabulous food and warm hospitality, with eleven individually styled, elegant guest rooms making stopping over an absolute joy. The Shibden Mill Inn was also a finalist in the Accommodation Pub of the Year category at the same awards.

Owners, Simon and Caitlin Heaton, have lovingly restored the property over the course of the last thirteen years. Its rustic charm is captivating and complements the wonderful food and drink being served, to critical acclaim. Commenting on being named UK Food Pub of the Year 2011, Simon said: “Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the hard work and dedication of the fabulous team we have in place at The Shiden Mill Inn. Winning such a prestigious award is a real team effort and I am delighted to have the high standards by which we operate acknowledged by the judges. We are passionate about what we do and that includes serving the very best food made using the finest West Yorkshire ingredients. To have that awarded nationally, makes me very proud.”


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