On the 9th May 2017, Arthur David were delighted to sponsor a category at the Weston Daily Press Food and Farming Awards, with our MD Jon Evans presenting the award. The evening took place at Rookery Manor and was a huge success – celebrating the best of food production in and around Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Wiltshire and Dorset.
We supply numerous businesses in the area from a range of different sectors with fresh produce so we were more than happy to support this event. Find out more about the event and the deserving winners of each category!
The judging process was split up into two stages, in the first stage, businesses and farmers could nominate themselves in their relevant categories to be entered into the competition. From these entries, the judges examined and scored the entries along with industry experts to narrow it down to the top three finalists.
Picking winners from such an exceptional range of businesses and farmers is no easy feat, so for stage 2 of the judging process, the judges from Western Daily Press then took a visit to each finalist to decide which winner from the top three would receive the award on the night.
Following the scrutinous judging process, hopeful contestants gathered at the elegant Rookery Manor in Weston Super Mare to find out if they were successful. Our Managing Director, Jon Evans presented the award for Best Food Pub or Restaurant to The Railway Inn – a charming traditional pub in the heart of Sandford serving up fresh food and a unique range of ciders.
Winners of the other categories were as follows:
Best Independent Café or Tea Room – The Café Porlock Weir – A beautiful café, restaurant and hotel situated in Porlock Weir with gorgeous coastal views.
Outstanding Contribution To Local Food Development – Mark Gale of The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust – In 2014, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust opened Gloucester Services, an independent service station with a difference, you won’t find any chain coffee shops or fast food outlets, produce is sourced from local suppliers and profits go towards supporting local communities and local regeneration schemes.
Best Food / Farmers Market – The Frome Independent – If you haven’t already visited Frome’s farmers market – it’s certainly worth a visit. The market plays host to over 80 different local food suppliers on the 1st Sunday of every month March – December.
Best Pub – The Bell At Sapperton – Located between Stroud and Cirencester, the bell is a warm and inviting pub and restaurant serving up a range of delicious homemade food.
Best Local Food Retailer & Family Farming Business – Court Farm Shop – Court Farm Shop sells a range of fresh local produce including various breads, eggs, pork, beef and lamb. In addition to the two awards won, they also scooped up the award for best farm shop at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards for the second year running!
Best Drinks Producer – Butcombe Brewing Company – Founded in 1978, Butcombe produces some of the best, easy drinking classic ales around today. They also run around 30 pubs in the South West.
Best Food Producer – Brinkworth Dairy – Brinkworth is a family run dairy farm based in Chippenham supplying a range of delicious milks, butters, ice creams and cheeses to markets, shops and pubs.
Food and Drink Business Of The Year – Riverford Organic Farmers – Based in Devon, Riverford deliver fresh boxes of vegetables, fruits, salads, and meats to households throughout the South West.
Best Farmer – Tom Appleby of Applevale Ltd – Tom Appleby, Director of Applevale Ltd won the award for best farmer of the year, running a 550 strong herd of organic cattle.
Young Farmer Of The Year – Jack Griffiths – Taynton Court Farm – Jack impressed the judges in the way he had raised a 250 herd of Jersey cattle from scratch – now owning one of the largest herds In the UK.
Once again, a huge congratulations to all the winners and runners-up, we look forward to seeing you again next year! At Arthur David, we’ve been supplying our produce to businesses in the South West since our humble beginnings in 1962.
If you want to find out more about the services we offer and produce we supply, please give one of our friendly team a call on 0330 333 444 or use the live chat to discuss your requirements.