TWO Dales pubs have been shortlisted in the Countryside Alliance Awards 2020.

The Marton Arms, in Thornton-in-Lonsdale, and The Tennant Arms, in Kilnsey, have found themselves in the finals of the competition which celebrate those rural businesses in Yorkshire which ‘go that extra mile, support their local economy and are unsung heroes in the community’.

The two have been shortlisted in the pub category, alongside Exelby Green Dragon in Bedale and Blue Bell Inn in Northallerton.

Located in the picturesque hamlet of Thornton-in-Lonsdale, The Marton Arms’ co-owner Heather Dawson said: “This nomination is very welcome and we’re delighted that the calibre of our pub has been championed in this way.

“We try to support our community as much as possible, and one way we’ve done that is by adopting a ‘field to fork’ ethos, with most of our meat reared locally in the foothills of Ingleborough.

“We hold regular events including live music, which is always popular. We welcome many diverse visitors including walkers, Three Peaks enthusiasts, campers, cyclists and fine diners; helping them discover the best spots in the Dales is always rewarding.

The Tennant Arms, nestled beneath Kilnsey Crag, is a traditional country inn. It was taken over by executive chef Tom Garland-Jones last Spring, and he has rapidly transformed it into one of Wharfedale’s premier gastro pub destinations.

Liz Smailes, general manager of The Tennant Arms, said: “We’re delighted to be nominated for this award. Everyone here has put a lot of effort into improving The Tennant's and making it a success.”

Judging for the awards, which are sponsored by Howdens, will take place in April, and the winners will be announced in May.