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Winners of the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:47 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 22:31 24 October 2016

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016

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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

Click here to find out who won Best Restaurant/Fine Dining Experience of the Year…

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Butcher of the Year

This award supports and celebrates local independent butchers and recognises their invaluable contribution to Somerset’s food scene.

Click here to find out who won Butcher of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Tearoom/Coffee shop of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Independent Food shop of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Food Product of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Drinks Product of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Food Event…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Gastro Pub of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Somerset Sunday Roast…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Hotel Restaurant…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Chef of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Bakery of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best International restaurant…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Newcomer of the Year…

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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.

Click here to find out who won Best Local Producer of the Year…

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To find out more about Somerset’s Food and Drink Awards 2016 and our sponsors, head over to http://foodawards.somerset-life.co.uk/

Were you at the awards? Tweet us your pictures @SomersetLife #SLFDA or tag us on Instagram @somersetlifemagazine

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