Winners of the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards 2016
PUBLISHED: 14:47 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 22:31 24 October 2016
The Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards took place at the beautiful Brympton Manor, Yeovil last night September 15. Guests gathered to celebrate the region's food and drink industry in one of the biggest events in the Somerset calendar. Here we announce the winners
Over three months readers have been voting in their hundreds to decide the worthy finalists in each category. With this year’s Awards receiving a record numbers of votes, it is clear to see how passionate Somerset Life readers are when it comes to their food and drink. Judges deliberated hard when it came to crowning the winner of each category and read on to see who took home the award in each category.
Best Restaurant/Fine Dining Experience of the Year
Sponsored by Howards Motor Group
This category champions all the eateries which leave patrons hungry for more; incomparable to anything else the county had to offer with mouth-watering menus in a unique venue
Butcher of the Year
This award supports and celebrates local independent butchers and recognises their invaluable contribution to Somerset’s food scene.
Best Tearoom/Coffee shop of the Year
Sponsored by the Monkton Elm Garden Centre
In one of the most competitive categories, here we looked for the tastiest cream tea or coffee and cake in the county, whether in a little tea room, a bustling town café or a glamorous hotel.
Best Independent Food shop of the Year
Sponsored by N. Notaro Homecare Limited
Somerset’s independent food outlets maintain the traditions of bringing fantastic food and drink to our high streets. We asked readers to tell us about their friendly local grocers, village stores, farm shops, bakers and more.
Food product of the Year
Sponsored by Ston Easton Park
This award celebrates the innovative food producers, with all their dedication and passion, who create the delicious products that were nominated last night.
Drinks Product of the Year
Sponsored by Somerset Wine Co.
Here we looked for a drink made by a Somerset producer that captured the very essence of the county.
Best Food Event
This category celebrates the increasing popularity of food and drink festivals, alongside farmers’ markets and local food events that happen throughout the year in Somerset.
Gastro Pub of the Year
Sponsored by Climate Roofs
Proving popular with our readers, the winner of Somerset Life’s Gastro Pub of the Year needed to stock a wide range of real ales, a menu championing local food and offer a warm welcome.
Best Somerset Sunday Roast
Sponsored by Yeo Valley
As one of the nation’s favourite dishes and one which Somerset does so well is the Sunday Roast. Whether being served in a pub, hotel or restaurant, we wanted to know who is serving a delicious roast dinner with traditional trimmings, locally sourced meat and fresh seasonal vegetables.
Best Hotel Restaurant
Sponsored by National Westchem
This award enables Somerset’s hotels to have their moment in the limelight; and we were looking for venues that offer a wonderful dining experience.
Best Chef of the Year
Sponsored by Thatchers
Our county boasts many brilliant chefs that serve patrons inventive mouth-watering dishes full of local produce, combining their own skills and creativity.
Best Bakery of the Year
We looked for a true Somerset ‘master baker’, who uses high quality ingredients to creates breads which are full of flavour, with good taste, texture, crust and crumb.
Best International Restaurant
New to Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards, the Best International restaurant award enables restaurants serving international cuisine to be recognised. We looked for businesses that use the best of Somerset’s produce to create something other than typical British fayre.
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by Strongvox Homes
This category is open to anyone in the food or drink business who has started a new business venture within the last 18 months who have made an impact on their local community.
Best Local Producer of the Year
Sponsored by The Oakhouse
This award recognises the individual or business that has made the most impact on Somerset’s food and drink community.
To find out more about Somerset’s Food and Drink Awards 2016 and our sponsors, head over to http://foodawards.somerset-life.co.uk/