MORE than 25 different York watering holes are now in the running for a gong in The Press Pub Awards 2009/10.

Drinkers and staff have been rushing to have their say in the contest, with nominations pouring in to our offices every day. In total, 26 different pubs have been nominated so far, with many receiving multiple votes.

Among those with many votes is York’s only gay pub, The Little John in Castlegate, with numerous regulars singing its praises and nominating it for best community pub and/or best landlord.

One customer, Charlotte Thornton, said: “I feel it is exactly the type of pub that brings our community together as a whole and doesn’t discriminate against any person. You’re always welcome with a smile and a good drink.”

Another, Phill Gray, said: “Over the last three years I’ve really noticed a change in the clientele of The Little John from humble beginnings to being the destination for York’s gay and straight people.

“Good drinks offers combined with themed nights like a quiz or karaoke show that they truly are at the heart of the community for York’s gay and lesbian people, and the straight people too.”

Another pub in the running is the Fox And Roman in Tadcaster Road, which has been recommended in the real ale category. John Taylor, of Woodthorpe, said the pub always had six real ales, all in prime condition.

Joy Crawshaw, of Heworth, has nominated her local, The Walnut Tree, for the best food pub. She said she visited in a group of 11, who were very satisfied with the food and service.

To make a nomination, complete the entry form or email – be sure to include your name and contact details (phone or email) as well as the name of the pub you are nominating, and your reasons. The awards are open to all pubs in the circulation area of The Press. Usual rules and conditions apply. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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