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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 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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