Winners of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2016
PUBLISHED: 09:30 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 26 July 2016
The 14th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards took place at Cheltenham Racecourse last night July 25. 450 guests gathered to celebrate the region's food and drink industry in one of the biggest events in the Cotswold calendar. Here we announce the winners
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by New Wave Seafood
This category was open to anyone in the food or drink industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months.
Butcher of the Year
Sponsored by NFU Mutual
This category celebrates local butchers and everything they contribute to the local food scene.
Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year
Sponsored by Emporium Gift Shop
Tea and coffee shops are an integral part of the Cotswold food and drink scene, this category celebrates your favourite destinations for scones, coffees and loose leaf teas.
Best Independent Retailer
Sponsored by Cotteswold Dairy
The nominees for this category were selected for their genuine passion for our Cotswold food scene and a dedication to what it means for the local community.
Best Farm Shop
Sponsored by Arthur David
The key to a good farm shop is not only the range of produce and the layout, but also the principles that it supports. This category celebrates the Cotswold farm shops dedicated to local produce and excellent service.
Cheese of the Year
Sponsored by Paxton & Whitfield
Cheese is a large part of the Cotswold food scene - this category celebrates the cheese made by a Cotswold farmer or producer that is a cut above the rest.
Food Product of the Year
Sponsored by Royal Three Counties Show
To celebrate the Cotswold’s food businesses that deliver top quality products to the local community, we asked you to nominate a food product made by a Cotswold farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer.
Sponsored by the Midcounties Co-operative
We asked you to name your favourite ale, beer or cider and why it stands out so much to you. Does the labelling draw you to the product? Are the flavours like no other? Tell us why this is your drink of choice.
Drinks Product of the Year
Sponsored by RE Resource Group
Whether made by a Cotswold farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer, this category celebrates your favourite drink product in the region.
Best Local Supplier/Producer
Sponsored by Gloucester Services
This category celebrates our local suppliers and producers that play such a vital role in the Cotswold food community.
Best Pub Restaurant
Sponsored by Tayabali Tomlin
Finalists for this category were country pubs and dining pubs who combined a perfect package of customer service, value for money and high quality food.
Best Cotswold Menu
Sponsored by Martin Green Traditional Decorating
This category celebrates the Cotswolds’ finest menus - full of local producers that change seasonally and incorporate a wide range of dishes for all palates.
Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Peter Hickman Hairdressers
One of the most coveted awards, the Restaurant of the Year offers an incomparable dining experience in the Cotswolds- from exceptional service to a menu packed with locally sourced, seasonal produce and an outstanding wine list.
Hotel Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Smith & Williamson
This category celebrates those star venues that offer sublime dining with fantastic food, drink and superb service.
Chef of the Year
Sponsored by Arthur David
The Chef of the Year is someone who has devoted him or herself to the cause of serving the best possible food.
2016 Cotswold Food Hero
Sponsored by Bottlegreen
This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the Cotswold food community.
And a massive congratulations to Richard Parsons, Gloucestershire magician and winner of the Editor’s Choice Award. Well deserved!
To find out more about the Cotswold Food and Drink Awards 2016 and our sponsors, head over to foodawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk