REVEALED: The winners of the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020
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The Kent Life Food & Drink Awards finalists, as nominated by our readers, are all local heroes in our opinion – meet the 2020 winners
We are delighted to announce the winners and highly commended in the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020.
And what a difficult decision it was for our judges, who we heartily thank for their diligence. With the impact of the tier system and further restrictions continuing, it is more important than ever that we continue to support our local food and drink producers to keep their vital businesses afloat.
Due to Covid-19 guidelines, we have been unable to celebrate this prestigious event with our usual glittering awards dinner in the company of our finalists, judges and sponsors.
However, this hasn’t stopped us from being able to raise their profile and tell you about the fantastic things they’ve achieved through what has been a very challenging year.
These awards were all about the local food and drink heroes nominated by you, so thank you for telling us about your local champions.
Finally, a huge thank you to all our sponsors; they have ensured that the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards can continue to support local businesses. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.
Headline sponsor: Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers
Associate sponsor: Neptune, Canterbury
- 1 Win a holiday for two on the Isles of Scilly
- 2 12 outdoor dining experiences in Surrey
- 3 Win a short break in London at The Dilly on Piccadilly
- 4 16 of the best spots for al fresco dining in Essex
- 5 7 fab Devon pubs with outdoor spaces
- 6 Win a selection of Provence Rose wine
- 7 10 pubs with pretty beer gardens in Canterbury
- 8 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 9 Al fresco dining in Cornwall: 9 of the best places to go
- 10 12 of the best places to eat al fresco in Yorkshire
OUR 2020 WINNERS & HIGHLY COMMENDED
Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer - Sponsored By Perry’s Accountants
The Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge
Bradbourne Bakery, Sevenoaks
Hog & Bean, Deal
Best Farm Shop - Sponsored by Neptune, Canterbury
Lower Ladysden Farm, Goudhurst
Haywards Farmshop, Tonbridge
Taywells Farm Shop, Goudhurst
Butcher of the Year
Hammonds Butchers, Matfield
Crouch of Bearsted, Bearsted Green
Hogman Family Butchers, St Peters
Food Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Care
Garfield’s Vegan Food Company, Margate
Provenance Potatoes, Deal
Weald Smokery, Flimwell
Drink Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Coolings Garden Centre
Greensand Ridge Distillery, Shipbourne
Time & Tide Brewing, Deal
Old Dairy Brewery, Tenterden
Best Local Food/Drink Initiative - Sponsored by Girling’s Solicitors
Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, Shipbourne
The Tiny Table, Wateringbury
Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience - Sponsored by Financial Advice & Services
Foodari Home Delivery, Molash
Cocktail in a bottle, Deal
Wild Seasoning Kitchen, Sevenoaks
Customer Service Award - Sponsored by NFU Mutual
The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea
CinCin Bar & Bistro, Deal
Napoli è, Westerham
Chef of the Year - Sponsored by The Canterbury Auction Galleries
Adam Turley, The Old Bank, Westerham
Carl Williams, FineDiningChef, Sevenoaks
Will Devlin, The Small Holding, Cranbrook
Kent Life Food & Drink Hero 2020 - Sponsored by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers
Ed Gray, Watts Farm, Aylesford
Ed Gray, Director at Watts Farms in Aylesford, has a background in medicine and spotted early on in 2020 that he’d need to create a new arm of the family business of 70 years - local home delivery.
In the space of just a week, Ed employed a Kent web design company and created an easy-to-use online shop delivering everything needed for the weekly food order.
After just three months, the online shopping service was rated number 1 on Trustpilot for grocers in the UK and had delivered 35,000 orders in the Kent and Sussex area.