80 award-winning food and drink products from Sussex you have to try

Bee & Bear Bakery's Cranberry Gin Christmas Pudding, which was awarded a 3-star Great Taste rating

Bee & Bear Bakery's Cranberry Gin Christmas Pudding, which was awarded a 3-star Great Taste rating - Credit: Archant

From chocolate truffles to kombucha, delicacies from across the county have been celebrated in the Great Taste Awards 2020

Great Taste 2020 judging panel

Great Taste 2020 judging panel - Credit: Archant

Food producers across East and West Sussex are celebrating the results of this year’s Great Taste judging. More than 80 Sussex products have been awarded the Great Taste accolade, widely recognised as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Two local products gained the coveted 3-star rating – the Cranberry Gin Christmas Pudding from Bee & Bear Bakery in Battle, East Sussex and HOLOs Kombucha Citra Hops from Pulborough, West Sussex.

Other products ranged from Sussex Gin and Chocolate Truffles from Noble and Stace in Easebourne, Edgecumbes Hand Roasted Speciality Coffee roasted in Ford, Brighton Gin and a number of different flavours from Bird & Blend Tea Co in Hove.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are tasted blind. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of one, two or three stars. This year the scheme attracted a record breaking 12,777 entries from around the world, with 679 of the prize-winners based in the south east.

The panel of judges included cook, writer and champion of sustainable food Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook Xanthe Clay, and baker and author Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.

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Sussex’s Great Taste 1-star winners:

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Gun Brewery, How’s the Serenity Vermont Pale

Gun Brewery, Numb Angel Lager

Gun Brewery Project Baylon APA

Brighton Gin Pavilion Strength

Brighton Gin Seaside Strength

Generation Distillers, Generation 11 Sussex Dry Gin

Ringden Farm Cox Apple Juice

Ringden Farm Apple and Mango Juice

Ringden Farm Apple and Blackcurrant Juice

Ringden Farm Lightly Sparkling Apple Juice

Edgecumbe’s Sussex Royal Premium

Bird & Blend Tea Co Sticky Chai Tea

Bird & Blend Tea Co Fairytale of NY tea

Bird & Blend Tea Co Moondrop Dreams Tea

Bird & Blend Tea Co Breakfast’s Ready Honey tea

Spirit of Hemp Organic Pure Hemp Tea

Edgecumbe’s Hand Roasted Speciality

Back Yard Coffee House Blend

Emaya Pure Life The Original Tumerichai Star Latte

Emaya Pure Life The Original Tumerichai Orange

Joyfuel Peanut Butter Tiffin

Farretti Bakery Olive Ciabatta

The Hungry Guest Christmas Cake

Julien Plumart Passion Fruit Macaron

Oatopia Breakfast Bar

Charlene’s Chocolate Factory Caramel Salt & Smoke

Black Mocha The Black Mocha Bar

The Raw Honey Shop Raw Pyrenees Mountain Honey

The Raw Honey Shop Raw Manuka (Jelly Bush) Honey

The Raw Honey Shop Raw Green Fir

Pollyanna’s Kitchen Chillish

Pollyanna’s Kitchen Garlish

A little bit naughty Platonic Plum Chutney

The Hungry Guest Arrabiata Sauce

Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce

Kikkoman Less Salt Soy Sauce

Kikkoman Poke Sauce

Pollyanna’s Kitchen Chillish Just the Gubbins

Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade

Lebanese Fine Foods and Wines Rose Water

Huney Beest Wild Bee Bread

The Weald Smokery Smoked Dry Cured Bacon

Rebel Do Ya?

Rebel Hunter Salami

Higgidy Steak and Red Wine Pie

The Weald Smokery Sliced Scottish Salmon

The Weald Smokery Smoked Haddock

The Weald Smokery Smoked Trout Fillet

The Fresh Fish Shop Marinated Cornish Sardines

The Fresh Fish Shop Smoked Salmon Pate

Court Lodge Organics Labneh

Bookham Harrison Sussex Charmer Cheese

Belato Gusto Vegan Coconut and Palm Sugar Gelato

Gelato Gusto Pink Peppercorn Gelato

Gelato Gusto Vegan Raspberry and Hibiscus Sorbet

Miall’s Gin and Tonic Sorbet

Cowdray Farm Shop Beef Bolognese

Cowdray Farm Shop Cottage Pie

Cowdray Farm Shop Steak and Ale Stew

Kikkoman Tamari Gluten-free Soy Sauce

Belle & Wilde Rosemary Toasts

Sussex’s Great Taste 2-star winners

Gun Brewery Spin Drift IPA

Wobblegate Eden Cider

Harley House Pure Sussex Gin

Generation Distillers Generation 11 Overproof Gin

Rumbustian Spiced Rum

Ringden Farm Apple and Ginger Juice

Prince & Sons English Breakfast tea

Bird & Blend Tea Co Blueberry and Peach tea

Bean Smitten Revive Blend

Noble and Stace Sussex Gin and Orange Truffles

J Cocoa 55% Coffee Milk Chocolate

Lebanese Fine Foods and Wines Sumac

Tailormade Bakery Pork Pie

The Croque Shop Pork, Cheese and Marmite sausage roll

Court Lodge Organics Natural Pouring Yoghurt

Court Lodge Organics Organic Strawberry Drinking Yoghurt

Miall’s Mojito Sorbet

Sussex’s 3-star winners:

HOLOS Kombucha Citra Hops

Bee & Bear Bakery Cranberry Gin Christmas Pudding

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