The Norfolk Food and Drink Awards are open for nominations for 2024 and we want to hear from you to help us crown the very best of food and drink in the county.

Norfolk is renowned for its outstanding variety of food and drink, from street food stalls and coffee shops to fine dining and locally produced treats.

Great British Life: Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2024 logo

The Norfolk Food and Drink Awards aim to champion the people across the county that work so hard to make Norfolk a food and drink hot spot.

We would like to thank our category sponsors for this year, including Benedicts, Caistor Hall, Castlemeadow Care, Hotel School at City College Norwich, Jarrolds, Motorvogue DS Store Norwich and The Gin Trap Inn, as well as our beer partner Woodforde’s Brewery, which will be supplying its award-winning beer at the awards ceremony.

Without support from these fantastic businesses, these awards could not happen.

This year, we have 11 categories open for entries, covering categories such as Pub/Bar of the Year, Best Coffee Shop/Café, Chef of the Year and the Field to Fork award, and will be accepting entries from businesses, as well as nominations from customers.

Entries will remain open until Sunday, June 9, 2024 at midnight, when judging will commence. The judges will head out to complete organised meetings or unannounced visits with the shortlisted nominees and entrants, assessing them against set criteria before deciding on this year’s finalists.

The winners will be announced at the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards event on Monday, September 16, 2024 at Caistor Hall Hotel in Norwich.

To find out more and nominate your favourites for the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, please visit

Great British Life: The Kings Head Bawburgh was named Pub of the Year at the 2023 Norfolk Food and Drink Awards


Sponsored by The Gin Trap Inn

This award is for pubs and bars across Norfolk that have created a high-quality offering for their customers.

Bars, traditional drinking pubs and those that have built a reputation for their restaurant and/or bar menu will be considered for this award.

The establishments that are chosen as finalists will demonstrate an understanding of the market, great standards of customer service and technical expertise in sourcing a good range and standard of drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

A strong sense of character should be felt upon visiting these top-performing pubs and bars.


For this category the judges will be looking for a coffee shop/café in Norfolk that offers an outstanding customer experience.

They will be impressed by a relaxed, comfortable ambience, originality, an imaginative menu and aspects that make the café or tea shop special.

The winner will frequently provide a warm welcome, high-quality tea and/or coffee alongside a range of other drinks and tasty food made from fresh, local produce – all served with an excellent level of customer service.

Great British Life: The Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2023 ceremony at Yalm in Norwich


Sponsored by Benedicts

This category will recognise restaurants across Norfolk that create an excellent all-round dining experience for customers from the ambience of the venue to the service.

They will provide a varied menu that uses local, fresh produce, alongside outstanding customer service.


Sponsored by Jarrolds

This award recognises the passionate manufacturers that are creating fantastic food and drink products within the county.

The judges will be impressed by an exceptional product that showcases the producer’s flair for creating, developing and delivering a unique, successful and highly regarded item as a stand-alone or as part of its brand.

The product must be made in Norfolk, although it is not essential that every ingredient is sourced from within the county.


Sponsored by Motorvogue DS Store Norwich

The prestigious title of Chef of the Year will go to an inspirational Norfolk chef who recognises the close link between creating fine food and using the best local produce.

The category is open to chefs who are currently working within the Norfolk food and drink industry, but who may come from all areas of the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels, pubs, fine dining, contract catering, and the private and public sector.

Customers, businesses and chefs can nominate for this category. Chefs will also be contacted to submit a formal entry.


Sponsored by Caistor Hall

This category aims to recognise an often overlooked yet extremely important sector of the industry, celebrating a level of front of house provision that makes a truly enjoyable visit to a restaurant, café or pub.

The judges will be expecting businesses to provide a warm welcome, demonstrating an understanding of customers’ needs, a good knowledge of menus, dishes and provenance of ingredients, as well as a personable approach that complements the establishment and enhances the visit.


This category is open to farm shops, markets and retailers. The judges will be looking for innovation in products and presentation, as well as any added facilities the retailer has to offer.

The winner will be a business that combines vision, a passion for high-quality and fresh local produce.

Well laid-out shops that offer a wide variety of great products, and staff who demonstrate good standards of customer care, product knowledge and service, will also be expected.


Any business or individual that has started a food and/or drink venture in the last three years (after April 2021) can enter this category. The judges will be looking for an outstanding early-stage business that is already a success story or shows promise to become one.

The winner will be able to demonstrate a dedicated effort to drive the business forward, coupled with a pioneering approach leading to strong performance over the past year, as well as the potential to flourish and be sustainable.

Great British Life: The awards celebrate Norfolk's fantastic food and drink producers


Street food vendors eligible for this award should be based in Norfolk and attend markets, fairs, events and shows offering up sweet treats, savoury snacks or takeaway meals.

The judges will assess entrants to determine the quality of their offering, which should include an enticing menu, the use of local produce and affordable pricing.


Sponsored by City College Norwich

This award aims to showcase growers and producers that are passionate about what they do and that have the talent and skill to grow, develop and market outstanding and commercially scalable food or drink produce.

The judges are looking for individuals or businesses with the ability and vision to grow food or drink produce in this region. They also need to show environmental credentials and demonstrate contribution to the local community.


Sponsored by Castlemeadow Care

For this category, judges are looking for the very best food/drink experience in Norfolk, this could include farmers’ markets, themed food events or themed menu experiences.

The winner could be an experience that has been successfully running for years, or a brand-new food/drink experience that is seen to be a great success to date. Judges will also want to hear about the entrants’ and nominees’ plans for the future.


The winner of this non-entry award will be hand-picked by the judges.

They will be an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to Norfolk’s food and drink sector and could come from any part of the industry – working as a chef, restaurateur, grower, retailer or educator and acting as a champion for local food and drink.

The judges will be looking to recognise someone who is an expert in their field, has a proven track record for excellence and acts as an inspiration for colleagues, students and newcomers to the industry – setting a standard that others strive to attain.

Get your nominations in by midnight on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at