REVEALED: The winners of the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020

Read on to see our full list of winners!

Read on to see our full list of winners! - Credit: Archant

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

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OUR 2020 WINNERS & HIGHLY COMMENDED

Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer - Sponsored By Perry’s Accountants

WINNER

The Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bradbourne Bakery, Sevenoaks

Hog & Bean, Deal

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Best Farm Shop - Sponsored by Neptune, Canterbury

WINNER

Lower Ladysden Farm, Goudhurst

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Haywards Farmshop, Tonbridge

Taywells Farm Shop, Goudhurst

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Butcher of the Year

WINNER

Hammonds Butchers, Matfield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Crouch of Bearsted, Bearsted Green

Hogman Family Butchers, St Peters

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Food Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Care

WINNER

Garfield’s Vegan Food Company, Margate

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Provenance Potatoes, Deal

Weald Smokery, Flimwell

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Drink Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Coolings Garden Centre

WINNER

Greensand Ridge Distillery, Shipbourne

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Time & Tide Brewing, Deal

Old Dairy Brewery, Tenterden

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Best Local Food/Drink Initiative - Sponsored by Girling’s Solicitors

WINNER

Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, Shipbourne

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Tiny Table, Wateringbury

Twenty-Four, Hythe

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Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience - Sponsored by Financial Advice & Services

WINNER

Foodari Home Delivery, Molash

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cocktail in a bottle, Deal

Wild Seasoning Kitchen, Sevenoaks

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Customer Service Award - Sponsored by NFU Mutual

WINNER

The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea

HIGHLY COMMENDED

CinCin Bar & Bistro, Deal

Napoli è, Westerham

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Chef of the Year - Sponsored by The Canterbury Auction Galleries

WINNER

Adam Turley, The Old Bank, Westerham

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Carl Williams, FineDiningChef, Sevenoaks

Will Devlin, The Small Holding, Cranbrook

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Kent Life Food & Drink Hero 2020 - Sponsored by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers

WINNER

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.

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