On the 3rd July 2017, we were delighted to sponsor and attend the Cotswold Food and Drink Awards 2017 held at the Cheltenham Racecourse. The event was held to celebrate the best restaurants, producers, independent retailers and talent in the Cotswolds.
Find out more about the event and the deserving winners of each category, plus, take a peek at our very own Arthur David choccies made especially for the event, yum!
Given that we supply produce to some of the best food and drinks establishments in the South West and beyond, we were more than happy to sponsor the categories of ‘chef of the year’ and ‘best farm shop’ for the event.
We take pride in our sponsorship of events like these to give back to the industry that we love – we also recently sponsored the Food & Farming Awards 2017 – you can read more about this event here.
Following nominations from the public, the scrupulous judging process began. On the night, contestants and sponsors gathered at the Cheltenham Racecourse as the winners of each category were announced.
Customer Service Award – The customer service award was given to Buckland Manor, a stunning manor house hotel located in the village of Buckland.
Newcomer of the Year – Starting your own business is difficult, making it a success can be even harder! The winners of this category were ‘Wilder’ – a new restaurant based in Nailsworth with an exciting take on taster menus.
Best Farm Shop – As sponsors of this category, we had a a difficult job picking out the best farm shop in the Cotswolds.
Cheese of the Year – Cheese of the year went to Cerney Cheese for their delicious Cerney Ash goat’s cheese.
Drinks Product of the Year – No booze here. This category gave voters the chance to nominate their favourite drinks products made by a Cotswold farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer. The award went to Bentleys for their delicious pear juice.
Family Dining Award – With a vast choice of meals, homely feel, friendly staff and great prices – the award was presented to The Inn at Welland.
Food Product of the Year – The award for food product of the year went to The Cotswold Pudding Company for their delicious gluten-free sticky lemon pudding.
Local Tea / Coffee Shop of the Year – The accolade for best local tea / coffee shop of the year went Café au Chocolat, a charming café stationed on Tewksbury high street.
Butcher of the Year – Jessie Smith Butchers in Cirencester and Tetbury were named Butchers of the year.
Best Ale, Beer or Cider – With a crisp, clean and refreshing taste, the award for best ale, beer or cider went to Pearson’s Cider Co – makers of delicious, ‘made slow’ small batch medium dry cider.
Restaurant of the Year – This prestigious award went to The Chef’s Dozen, a highly acclaimed restaurant based in Chipping Campden.
Pub of the Year – The winner of this highly competitive category was The Plough Inn, a 16th century Inn based in Ford, Cheltenham.
Chef of the Year – Behind the amazing pubs, restaurants and kitchens we are lucky to have in the Cotswolds, there are the talented chefs that run them – we were delighted to sponsor this category and had trouble picking the winner from such a talented selection.
After much deliberation, this award went to David Everitt-Matthias of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.
One of our favourite parts of the evening was the goody bag that was given to attendees, the goody bag contained foodie gifts from businesses at the event. In the goody bag, we included a box of our very own branded chocolates made by Alexander Chocolate.
— Arthur David (@ArthurDavidFWS) 4 July 2017
Congratulations again to the deserving winners and nominees at the Cotswold Food and Drink Awards 2017, we look forward to seeing you again next year!
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