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Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards, 2008

PUBLISHED: 19:05 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:52 20 February 2013

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

Over 340 personalities, guests and representatives from The Cotswold Food, Drink and Hospitality Industry celebrated the 6th Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards sponsored by Warners Budgens last July.


Over 340 personalities, guests and representatives from The Cotswold Food, Drink and Hospitality Industry celebrated the 6th Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards sponsored by Warners Budgens last July.



The fabulous occasion was held at the Beaufort Polo Club and catered for by Williams Kitchen at Calcot, who had guests tucking into a 4 course gastronomic feast of Cotswold produce washed down with local wines, beers, juices and cordials all from a region so rich in quality produce.



What are now commonly regarded as the Food and Drink Oscars for the region heralded a new era for the local food scene with thousands of nominations, whittled down to 3 finalists for each of the 14 awards. This year saw a mixture of some favourite "classic" Cotswold businesses such as Williams Fish Market and Food Hall in Nailsworth, and Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent. However there were many new food and drink producers, pubs, hotels and restaurants establishing a great reputation for their quality appearing month by month.



Uniquely The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards bring together the full network of the food industry from farm to fork.



Event Organiser, Gemma Butland from Commstar Ltd, said "This years awards have been more exciting than ever. It always astounds me, even 6 years on, how so many new producers pop onto the food scene. The Cotswolds are something to be really proud of, and this years' event showcased some of the very best this region has to offer".



The Categories and Winners at last year's awards were:



Retailer of the Year


Winner: Olivas. Painswick


Runners up:


Green Spirit. Nailsworth


Williams Fish Market & Food Hall. Nailsworth



Best Farm Shop of Year


Winner: Primrose Vale Farm Shop. Bentham, Cheltenham


Runners up:


Old Farm Dorn. Moreton in Marsh


Wotton Farm Shop. Wotton under Edge



Best Organic Producer of the Year


Winner: Jess's Ladies Organic Milk. Gloucester


Runners up:


Shipton Mill. Tetbury


CotswoldOrganic.co.uk. Moreton in Marsh


Most Innovative Product of the Year


Winner: The Country Monkey 'Trail Mix'. Cirencester


Runners up:


Three Choirs Vineyard 'Adopt a Vine'. Newent


Taylerson's Malmesbury Syrups. Oaksey



Best Food Producer of the Year


Winner: Great Farm Chickens. Whelford


Runners up:


Cotswold Meringues. Nailsworth


The Country Monkey. South Cerney



Best Drinks Producer of the Year


Winner: Uley Brewery. Uley


Runners up:


Bow in the Cloud Vineyard. Garsdon


Cotswold Country Liqueurs. Arlingham



Best School Food Award


Winner: 'Munch'Hillesley Primary School. Nr Wotton under Edge


Runners up:


Thomas Keeble School. Eastcombe


Blockley C of E Primary School. Moreton in Marsh



Most Improved Farmers' Market of the Year


Winner: Gloucester Farmers' Market. The Cross & Southgate Street, Gloucester


Runners up:


Cirencester Farmers' Market. Market Place, Cirencester


Bourton on the Water Farmers' Market. Countrywide Stores, Bourton



Most Distinctive Local Menu


Winner: The Ormond at Tetbury


Runners up:


Brosh. Cheltenham


St Michaels Restaurant. Painswick



Dining Pub of the Year


Winner: The Kingham Plough. Kingham


Runners up:


The Horse & Groom Village Inn. Upper Oddington


The Village Pub. Barnsley



Country Pub of the Year


Winner: The Green Dragon Inn. Cockleford, Nr Cowley


Runners up:


Ye Olde Hobnails Inn. Little Washbourne, Nr Tewkesbury


The Horse & Groom. Bourton on the Hill






Chef of the Year


Winner: Marcus Ashenford @ No. 5 North Street. Winchcombe


Runners up:


Martin Blunos @ The Reservoir Inn. Cheltenham


Emily Watkins @ The Kingham Plough. Kingham



Restaurant of the Year


Winner: The Curry Corner. Cheltenham


Runners up:


Fosse Manor Hotel. Stow on the Wold


Juliana's at Cotswold House Hotel. Chipping Campden



Local Food Personality of the Year


Alex James & Juliet Harbutt

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