Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2014 finalists

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2014

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The votes have been counted, our esteemed judges have met and they are now out on the road assessing the finalists. Here, we meet the shortlist for this year’s Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, as they look forward to our black tie awards ceremony on Thursday October 30

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Pinnock’s, Ripley

“At Pinnock’s, we really love what we do and love working with our customers,” say owners Andy Shaw and Russell James. “To be part of a community is very important to us, but to then be nominated by them is a huge honour as well as a very humbling experience. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, welcoming experience for all, as well as lots of great cakes and coffees! To be put forward for this award is amazing and we are very grateful. We are very much looking forward to the awards ceremony and wish everyone in all categories the best of luck.”


Glutton and Glee, Guildford

“Glutton and Glee has only been open for three years, so to be nominated for the awards for a second year running is absolutely incredible,” says owner Julia Elkhadraoui. “We are so proud to be in the finals this year and it is so rewarding for the whole team to see the labours of our hard work be recognised. We started out with the mission of serving high-quality home-made food with warm welcoming service, and it is so fantastic to hear from our customers’ reviews and feedback that we are delivering on that. Thank you so much to all who nominated us.”


Quaich, East Horsley

“As a village coffee shop, we depend completely on regular customers,” says owner Robin Johnston. “Our reputation is our lifeblood. With that in mind, you can imagine how we felt when we heard we had been nominated by our customers and Surrey Life readers as one of the best three coffee houses in the county. Quaich was built on our passion for our community, and we are both thrilled and encouraged to know that it’s that community who have taken the time to put pen to paper to call out our name. A big thank you to everyone!”



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The Clink, Sutton

“We’re incredibly excited and proud to have been nominated by the public for the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2014,” says chief executive Christopher Moore. “The Clink at HMP High Down opened in 2009 and is part of an incredibly successful rehabilitation programme for prisoners, reducing reoffending rates by over 70% to date. I believe people voted for us because they can see the positive impact our restaurants have on those undergoing rehabilitation and the wider community, plus the quality and value of our menus really are exceptional.”


Stovell’s, Chobham

“We are surprised and absolutely delighted to be nominated for this award,” says co-owner Fernando Stovell. “Our staff work incredibly hard to ensure that customers have a relaxed and memorable dining experience at Stovell’s. Kristy and I really feel this nomination honours the whole team. For the past two years, we have been dedicated to creating contemporary dishes using the best local produce. It is great to know that our work is appreciated and we will continue to experiment with new flavours to keep our loyal customers coming back.”



Kinghams, Shere

“The Kinghams team feel very proud to have won the award last year and are all delighted that we are finalists again in 2014,” says owner Paul Baker. “We all work very hard to serve food of the highest quality with attention to detail in a relaxed and happy atmosphere at a reasonable price. We believe our customers voted for us because we are always consistent. Many customers say to us that they return again and again because they are never disappointed. Using reliable local suppliers not only helps us to deliver consistency but also ensures fresh local produce.”



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Garsons, Esher

“We’re so pleased to be nominated for this award because it celebrates the farm shops that enrich our Surrey community by selling delicious, great quality food,” says farm shop manager Nigel Chandler. “We’ve been fortunate to have won several awards, but this one has the feel-good factor because it’s voted for by Surrey Life readers, who are also our customers. Everything we do is about championing the best food and drink Surrey has to offer, and providing the best of local and regional produce for our customers. It’s wonderful to be a finalist.”


Priory Farm Shop, South Nutfield

“We are delighted to be in the final; it means a lot to everyone at the farm,” says owner Will Edwards. “The team works tirelessly to bring the best range and shopping experience possible to our customers, so it is very rewarding to be acknowledged in this way. It is also reassuring that people still value farm shops so highly for the quality of foods we sell (we are told we grow the best runner beans and raspberries!). Priory Farm is a family-owned business and we remain very community orientated. Our customers have and always will be a huge part of our farm.”


Village Greens Farm Shop, Ockley

“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award,” say owners James and Catherine Dampier. “We are very proud of the business we have built in Ockley over the past seven years. We have always tried to ensure that our products are local, natural and ethical, and we are constantly amazed by the wide range of imaginative, high-quality local food that is produced. Nothing delights us more than being able to put that delicious food and our own-grown veg in front of our customers. And talking of which: thank you to all our lovely, loyal customers for sharing the passion!”



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The Bat and Ball, Farnham

“Thrilled is the word!” say managers Matt and Liz Clank. “Families are often the hardest to please as you have to cater for so many different personalities and so to be recognised for this award by our customers is an honour. We endeavour to get the right balance so that everybody is happy – not just the kids, not just the adults, but that there is something for everyone (play area for the kids, well-kept ale for dad, treacle tart for grandparents, gin bar for mum…!). This recognition is a testament to the hard work that ourselves and our amazing team of hard-working staff have put in. Thank you!”


The Refectory, Milford

“We’re part of a real family-feel business,” says general manager Katie Dallyn. “It’s fantastic to be nominated as a finalist for this award, as it means that we are including our customers. As well as excellent training, we ensure that every team member’s personality is allowed to shine. We get on well with each other, enjoy special occasions together, and keep that spirit alive. Head chef Adam and his crew work very hard to keep the menu true and honest with vibrant, locally sourced and fresh seasonal dishes. It’s all part of the atmosphere from the minute you walk into The Refectory.”


The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

“To make it through as one finalist in the awards is wonderful but to be nominated for two by our customers and supporters really is a tremendous accolade,” say owners Jon and Paula Briscoe. “When we added the extension nearly two years ago, we specifically wanted to encourage more families into The Jolly Farmers to enjoy simple, fresh and, most importantly, local food. To be nominated as a finalist in the best family dining category is a testament to those aims, and true recognition to everyone who has supported us, and we are truly thankful.”



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Ripley Farmers’ Market

“We’re thrilled about our nomination!” says the chair, Sally Erhardt. “Ripley Farmers’ Market has been at the centre of our community since 2005, and so we’re very flattered that our loyal supporters have voted for us. “Every month, we try and combine the best of local produce with demonstrations, activities and events to ensure that our market is always a great place to shop locally and get to know the community. We’re passionate about what we do, the market is run by local volunteers and all money made goes back into local charities and causes. Our community matters, and so do their votes!”


Camberley Farmers’ Market

“Our market is a lovely, friendly, rewarding experience for everyone involved and I believe that is why people have voted for us,” says managing director Carolyne Walter. “As the months have passed, the market has evolved to provide a great food experience. We work as a team, our stallholders are our friends and colleagues, and we work hard to give the public the very best. Alongside our regular farmers and producers, Surrey Markets are proud to support local smallholders who might otherwise be unable to attend the markets. A practice, so far, unique to Camberley.”


Farnham Farmers’ Market

“We are thrilled to be nominated for the second year running for the Surrey Life Best Farmers’ Market Award,” says Cllr Jill Hargreaves. “The market was started 13 years ago to help the local economy, and we have a fantastic group of producers with around 35 stalls selling fresh seasonal local produce every month. Our customers are loyal and love the atmosphere, the conversations with stallholders, the charity tea tent supporting local community organisations and the music and displays at the market, so we are delighted customers have nominated us.”



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Halliloo Longhorn Beef, Woldingham

“We are delighted to have been nominated for this award, and to have made it to the final three is wonderful!” say owners Barbara and Nick Fuller. “We started our herd with just two cows – Harriet and Honeysuckle – and we have carefully built up numbers enabling us to supply local people with top-quality 100% grass-reared rare breed beef at affordable prices. We pride ourselves on giving our wonderful cattle the very best natural lifestyle and it’s fantastic to know we have local support – it makes all the hard work worthwhile in a difficult market.”


High Clandon Estate Vineyard, High Clandon

“To hear from Surrey Life magazine that we are a finalist in best producer, having been voted for by your readers and our customers, was sheer delight,” says Sibylla Tindale, co-founder with husband, Bruce. “To those who nominated us and support us, we believe they recognise our pursuit of perfection, and we thank them. Our first vintage 2008 Cuvée, our ‘Quintessence of English Quality Sparkling Wine’, sold out within six months last year and the release of the 2009 vintage had a wonderful reception, whether from celebrating bridal couples or champagne aficionados!”


Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham

“We’re delighted to be nominated for this award again. We believe it shows our commitment to quality is working,” says head of sales, David Paterson. “We’re also committed to using even more locally sourced ingredients and to that end we have planted our own hop garden just across from the brewery, re-introducing a hop not seen in this area for over 60 years. It’s a nice by-product to be able to say that we grew the ingredients that go into our beers! I hope that we’ve been voted for by our customers because we are both rooted in Surrey and also brewers of great, drinkable and consistently good beers!”



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The Vineking, Reigate and Weybridge

“To be nominated for this award for the second year running is a fantastic honour,” says events manager Frank Dudley. “The Vineking team put a lot of effort into our stores and this is a great thank you from our customers. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary last year and the future looks bright with new shops and even The Vineking wine bar on the horizon. It is our customers who make this all possible. We take great pride in our range, knowledge and enjoyment of what is a fabulous and very carefully selected product.”


The Godalming Food Company, Godalming

“We’d like to say thank you to our customers for nominating us for this award,” says owner Ed Simpson. “We have so much fun being part of the local foodie scene – it’s a pleasure to deal with the local producers we know so well, and customers who are as passionate about great local produce as we are. We just love what we do – whether serving cheese, filling hampers, serving the best coffee on the High Street or recommending wine. It means our personal customer service and product knowledge is second to none, both in-store and on-line, and why customers come back again and again!”


Cullenders, Reigate

“Receiving the phone call to be told we’d been shortlisted for this award made our day,” say owners Marc and Joelle Cullender. “At Cullenders, we strive to give our customers the personal service that gets lost on a busy high street. As a local family, we make a real effort to get to know our customers and we have built up a loyal following. Our first corner shop has evolved into a 40-cover delicatessen and kitchen with an evening wine bar offering. We’ve created a unique place for our customers to not only buy their cheeses and deli items but sit and enjoy a coffee or a cheeseboard with a glass of wine at the same time.”



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Fernando Stovell

at Stovell’s, Chobham

“Having won this award last year with Kristy, it’s a real honour to have again been recognised by our customers,” says Fernando. “We are always hunting down new flavours (to the extent that we regularly forage for ingredients in the woods near the restaurant) and cooking techniques, as well as thinking of better ways to present our dishes. I truly love what I do and really hope that passion comes across in every plate of food that is sent out of our kitchen. We have an amazing team here and all aim to achieve the highest standards.”


Steve Drake

at Drake’s, Ripley

“I’m originally from Essex, but Surrey is my adopted county,” says Steve. “We love Ripley and Drake’s is very much part of the community – even more so since we bought a pub in the village! I love being creative with the fantastic produce that each different season brings us. Our customers eagerly await new menus being introduced and seeing the way favourite dishes evolve from year to year – certain elements remain but I will have tweaked them. And there are always some totally new flavour discoveries to be made!”


Jon Coomb

at The Pendleton, St John’s

“I am very honoured to be a finalist,” says Jon. “My team and I spend a large percentage of our lives sourcing ingredients and preparing them to the best of our abilities. We look for new ways to combine traditional cooking methods with modern techniques to complement our informal style of modern bistro. It is therefore a great encouragement to us that so many of our customers hold us in high regard and have taken time to vote. I would also like to thank all the loyal staff for constantly making me look good.”



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The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

“Making it to the finals feels all the more special because this is down to a public vote, which means so much,” says Jon Briscoe, who runs the pub with wife Paula. “The Jolly Farmers is independently owned – something of a rarity these days – and is very much part of the Surrey community; for instance, we go out of our way to support local producers and smaller independents. Being a finalist shows recognition for our team, suppliers and customers, who all play a vital role in the success of our business. We are so grateful for their support and have our fingers crossed for the awards night!”


The Clink, Sutton

“We believe wholeheartedly in the importance of using locally sourced, fresh produce wherever possible, not only because we want to ensure the food we serve is of the best quality, but because it ensures our prisoners in training learn how to create each and every dish from raw ingredients,” says chief executive Christopher Moore. “We cultivate, grow and harvest fruit, vegetables and herbs, both at The Clink at HMP High Down in Sutton and The Clink at HMP Send, and our prisoners can train towards gaining NVQ qualifications in horticulture, agriculture and farming. The produce is then used in our training kitchens.”


Canbury Arms, Kingston

“We are really thrilled to be nominated,” say owners Michael Pearson and Charlotte Salaman. “Our location in North Kingston between the river and Richmond Park has a wonderful sense of community. We actively support our local schools, societies, clubs, and charities, and in return this has generated an extremely loyal and supportive fan base. The ambience here is always welcoming, whether drinkers or diners. Our customers love the variety and value of our menus, particularly our set menu, and we pride ourselves on our professional and attentive service. Many thanks to all those who nominated us.”



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Cellar Magneval, Woking

“We are very honoured,” say owners Jo and Thierry de Magneval. “We pride ourselves on offering the best quality wines and food backed by first class customer service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Therefore, to be recognised by our customers means everything. It was a chance opportunity to take what has now become our bar, making a long-held dream a reality. The warmth of our reception by the people of Woking makes us feel like we have been here for years. We cannot thank all our customers and our fantastic team enough for embracing and enjoying the Cellar Magneval experience.”


The Green Room, Godstone

“When we found out that we were nominated we were so excited and then to hear that we were finalists was unbelievable!” say owners Jeremy and Sylvia Crimi. “This has made us realise our customers see that this is so much more than just a job to us. We just want to give our customers flavoursome foods with a friendly face, where they can kick back eat, relax and enjoy. For people to take the time out to nominate and vote for us is a humbling thing – and also awesome! We cannot thank them enough. To get as far as finalists is a monumental achievement for us. Thank you to all who voted!”


Henry’s Kitchen, East Molesey

“We’re delighted to have been recognised like this so soon after opening,” says owner Reza Amini. “We always aimed to stand out from the crowd and that’s why we made Henry’s Kitchen an eco-friendly restaurant. This means that not only do we use local ingredients, but we have also included sustainable features in the restaurant, such as using rainwater to flush the lavatories, interior walls made from reclaimed timber from Farnham and menus printed on recycled paper. The whole team here is hugely thankful to everyone who voted – we are all genuinely thrilled.”



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The William Bray, Shere

“It is a fantastic achievement to have been nominated for this award,” says chef Craig Gandy. “We are in the belief that people have voted for The William Bray because we are a family-owned business which strives to produce high quality and locally sourced food and drink. We always aim to have a warm welcoming feel to our pub and embrace all comers – from families and walkers to Hollywood superstars and F1 drivers – who visit and enjoy the beautiful, quiet village of Shere and the breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills. For anyone who hasn’t visited yet: we look forward to welcoming you this winter!”


The Four Horseshoes, Chobham

“Any form of recognition for the hard work our team puts in is always greatly appreciated,” says owner Justin Cooper. “On hearing of our nomination we were delighted, surprised and excited. We all feel that to have achieved this nomination alone in our first year of trading is a fantastic accolade. As an independent freehouse in a small village, we treasure the support of our regular customers as well as that from the new faces we have been thrilled to welcome over the last year. Our customers’ feedback not only helps us to develop and grow but also gives us confidence, which can only mean we will get even better.”


The Fox Revived, Norwood Hill

“When we found out we had made it to the finals, there were huge smiles all round,” says owner Paula Briscoe. “We’ve come so far since my husband Jon and I re-opened the pub in 2008 after it had lain closed for 18 months. At that point, we knew we faced a huge task, but from day one, the support kept us going and to see The Fox Revived as it is today makes everything worthwhile. So it goes without saying that being a finalist for Surrey Pub of the Year really does make the honour all the more special. Thanks very much to all who voted for us. It’s very exciting.”



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This very special award was decided in debate at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards judges’ meeting and will be named on the night!




Keep an eye on our twitter account @SurreyLife for live coverage of the black tie awards night at Foxhills, Ottershaw on Thursday October 30.




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