Raising a glass to the One Eyed Rat pub

Owners David and Ruth Hamby at the One Eyed Rat.  (130505M1)
Owners David and Ruth Hamby at the One Eyed Rat. (130505M1)

The owners of a popular Ripon pub have been saying “cheers!” after being shortlisted as one of Yorkshire’s favourite watering holes.

The One Eyed Rat, on Allhallowgate, has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub award – the second time in three years it has been nominated.

“I think the quality of our staff is key,” said landlord David Hamby, who has run the pub with his wife Ruth, 47, for nine years.

“Customer service is paramount to us. We train all our staff about the different beers we offer which means they are able to tell our customers all about them.”

David, 56, added that another special feature of the pub helped to pull in a record number of nominations and votes to secure a place in the shortlist this year.

“Of course, the beer garden helps too, especially in the summer!” he said.

The final 12 pubs from across Yorkshire will now battle it out for the top title, which will be announced on July 9 at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

But David said it is simply a privilege to be nominated for a second time. “We are just happy to be shortlisted,” he told the Gazette.

More than 4,000 votes were cast by members of the public this year, with more than 700 pubs being nominated for the competition, run by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Pubs play a vital role in people’s lives, communities and of course in tourism. They are raising the bar nationally and winning awards. More than that, they are offering quality food, drinks and a warm welcome.”

The top 30 pubs will now feature in an Ale Trail leaflet supported by Masham’s Black Sheep Brewery. Sales and marketing director of the brewery, Jo Theakston, said: “We truly believe that Yorkshire has some of the finest pubs in the UK.”

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