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Another accolade for the Westwood Restaurant

Beverley’s Westwood Restaurant, currently celebrating its tenth anniversary, has been highly commended in this year’s White Rose Awards, organised by Welcome To Yorkshire. The awards are the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK and the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Monday.

Run by twins Matthew and Michele Barker, the Westwood’s success follows its crowning as Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, the REYTAs.

“Monday’s awards evening at the Leeds Arena was a fabulous affair and we were thrilled to be recognised for our efforts in putting Beverley on the map and what has been achieved not just this year but over the past decade,” Michelle told Beverley FM.

“To be picked from such a high level of establishments within the biggest county in England is an achievement and Matthew and  I are over the moon. We feel it will bring us a wider coverage throughout the UK, hopefully encouraging people not only to come and visit us, but Beverley and all it has to offer.”

She continued: “So much hard work goes into running The Westwood and I have to thank the efforts of the whole team in getting us to where we are today plus, of course, our customers. We get so much lovely feedback from them.”

The Westwood was pipped at the post for the ultimate prize of Restaurant of the Year in the White Rose Awards which went to The Pheasant Hotel in Harome.

Of The Westwood, judges said: “Since opening in 2007, twins Matthew and Michele Barker, the partnership and passion behind The Westwood Restaurant, focus on offering high quality, locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the best of what the region has to offer. For Matthew cooking is about getting the best out of the ingredients, delivering beautiful plates packed with great flavour. The Westwood believe in making the most of the seasons so the menu is constantly changing to bring you the best of locally sourced produce.”

Another local winner on the night was Hull Truck Theatre, which won the Arts & Culture Award.