Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2014 Results

Sponsorship banners and signs at Cheltenham Racecourse

Sponsorship banners and signs at Cheltenham Racecourse - Credit: © Thousand Word Media

Over 550 highly esteemed guests, finalists and sponsors joined Cotswold Life to celebrate the 12th Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday July 7. Hosted by Adam Henson, the awards celebrated the good and the great from the region’s food & drink industry.

Editor, Mike Lowe commented: “The food and drink industry in this region is an economic powerhouse. We grow the finest crops, we make brilliant cheese, the meat we farm is second to none, we have excellent breweries and vineyards and waiting to take advantage of this Cotswold bounty are some of the finest chefs and cooks in the country. The results can be seen at our farmers’ markets, in our shops and in our superb pubs, hotels and restaurants. We are so very lucky to be in this position and at Cotswold Life we celebrate the success and excellence of our region’s food professionals.”

And the winners are...

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by New Wave Seafood

Winner: Toast the Cotswolds, Bourton-on the-Water

Highly Commended: 131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, Russell’s Fish and Chips, Broadway

Butcher of the Year sponsored by NFU Mutual Moreton-in-Marsh and Cheltenham

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Winner: Michael Hart & Son, Cirencester

Highly Commended: Andy Creese Butchers, Newent, Country Quality Meats, Nailsworth

Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year sponsored by Cotteswold Dairy

Winner: Aunt Martha’s Tea Room, Drybrook

Highly Commended: Café Mosaic, Cirencester, Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton

Best Independent Retailer sponsored by WSP Solicitors

Winner: Horsley Community Shop, Horsley

Highly Commended: Market Garden, Cirencester, CheeseWorks, Cheltenham

Best Farm Shop sponsored by Cotswold Fayre

Winner: Over Farm Market, Over

Highly Commended: Old Farm, Dorn, Pages Farm Shop, Mickleton

Best Farmers’ Market Stallholder sponsored by Bruton Knowles

Winner: Severn Cider, Tewkesbury Farmers’ Market

Highly Commended: Fair and Square Chocolate Brownies, Cirencester Farmers’ Market, Gorsehill Abbey Cheese, Cheltenham Farmers’ Market

Food Product of the Year sponsored by Warner’s Budgens

Winner: Classic Steak and Ale Pie, The Cotswold Traiteur, Moreton-in-Marsh

Highly Commended: Hampton Blue Cheese, Woefuldane Organic Dairy, Minchinhampton, Nelson Loaf, The Artisan Baker, Stroud

Drinks Product of the Year sponsored by BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Winner: Pliny the Elderflower, Corinium Ales, Cirencester

Highly Commended: Stroud Organic Ale, Stroud Brewery, Stroud, Yubby Ale, The Ebrington Arms, Chipping Campden

Best Local Supplier/Producer sponsored by Gloucester Services

Winner: Relish the Taste, Cheltenham

Highly Commended: New Wave Seafood, Fairford, Watsons Bakery, Guiting Power

Best Neighbourhood Pub sponsored by 10 Yetis

Winner: The Crown and Sceptre, Stroud

Highly Commended: The Prince Albert, Stroud, The Royal Oak, Tetbury

Best Pub Restaurant sponsored by Tayabali Tomlin

Winner: The Village Pub, Barnsley

Highly Commended: The Butchers Arms, Oakridge Lynch, The Kingham Plough, Kingham

Best Cotswold Menu sponsored by Frobishers Juices

Winner: The Priory Inn, Tetbury

Highly Commended: Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter, Star Bistro, Ullenwood

Chef of the Year sponsored by Handelsbanken Cheltenham

Winner: Gareth Fulford, Purslane, Cheltenham

Highly Commended: Jon Howe, Lumiere, Cheltenham, Marcus Ashenford, 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Peter Hickman Hairdressers

Winner: Lumiere, Cheltenham

Highly Commended: 5 North Street, Winchcombe, Purslane, Cheltenham

Hotel Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Hollies Care Centre

Winner: Dormy House Hotel, Broadway

Highly Commended: Buckland Manor, Buckland, Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

2014 Cotswold Food Hero sponsored by The Daffodil

Winner: Emily Watkins, The Kingham Plough, Kingham

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