North Yorkshire Moors pub, the Blacksmith’s Arms in Lastingham has been nominated in the Countryside Alliance Rural Awards for the best rural pub in the North East.

The Awards, now in their 13th year, are the Countryside Alliance’s platform for celebrating the contribution of rural businesses to their community. Nicknamed the Rural Oscars, the awards have become recognised as the gold standard in rural business awards.

Referred to not just as a pub, but more as ‘a warm and companionable wayside inn that has provided lodging and catering for travellers over many centuries’, the Blacksmiths is at the heart of the community of Lastingham, itself steeped in history dating back to the 7th century.

Landlord, Peter Trafford, said, ‘We are delighted to have been nominated for this award. There is a long way to go yet, but we are hoping that the 13th year of the awards will be lucky for us. We pride ourselves at the Blacksmiths in not just serving good food and good ales, but being part of the community. We make sure no one in the village goes without their Christmas lunch....if someone can’t get to us, we’ll get to them, and that’s the approach we have every day of the year.’

Locals can’t speak highly enough of the contribution of the Blacksmiths to the community. Sir Michael Carlisle, Chairman of the Parish Meeting, says, ‘Lastingham has a vibrant community, much centred around the Blacksmiths. Peter and Hilary Trafford genuinely care about the welfare of the people in the village, and the pub thoroughly deserves a Rural Oscar’

Residents are rallying round to encourage everyone who has experienced the Blacksmith’s hospitality to vote for them as the Pub Rural Oscar Winner for the North East.

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Details of the Awards and how to vote are available on

Details of the Lastingham Arms are available on

Peter Trafford. Landlord, Lastingham Arms

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Set in an idyllic location in Lastingham opposite St. Mary's Church which is renowned for it's Saxon cript attracting thousands of visitors each year. The pub is in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park area dating back to the 17th century retaining many original features including exposed beams and an open fire place creating warm atmosphere to locals and visitors alike. Hils, Pete and the front of house team are passionate about real ale and real food and can offer advice on the products we serve including any special dietary needs. Accommodation is available for those wishing to stay and enjoy the Blacksmith's hospitality.