Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016 winners
PUBLISHED: 09:06 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 07 October 2016
Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2016 took place last night in the beautiful surroundings of Lulworth Castle. Here we announce the prestigious winners
The awards are based on nominations completed by both Dorset Magazine readers and the general public. Between May and August hundreds of votes were received from all over the county.
In order to select the finalists – the top three contenders with the most nominations were chosen and a team of judges deliberated hard to pick the winners.
Best Restaurant/ Dining Experience
The first award of the evening was for Best Restaurant / Dining Experience of the Year sponsored by Furleigh Estate. Interesting and innovative menus featuring local seasonal ingredients were important criteria in this category.
Newcomer of the Year
The second award announced was for Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Beales Gourmet. This category was open to anyone in the food or drink business who had started a new venture in the past couple of years. We wanted to know about the positive impact they have made on their local community and whether they have achieved success further afield.
Independent Food Shop of the Year
The Independent Food Shop of the Year award was sponsored by Ford Farm. This award aims to recognise the best independent food outlets in the county; all of the finalists had a genuine passion for their local food scene and actively promoted it.
Gastro Pub of the Year
A category that proved popular with the readers was Gastro Pub of the Year sponsored by Orchard Park. Readers were asked to nominate establishments that offer exceptional food and drink including a wide range of locally brewed real ales. It also needed to have a menu which champions local food and provide a warm welcome to all.
Best Food Event of the Year
Food Event of the Year was sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink. This new category celebrated the increasing popularity of food events and festivals around the county which champion Dorset’s local produce and have put the county on the UK food map.
Drinks Product of the Year
Drinks Product of the year was sponsored by Pengillys. The award went to an exceptional and innovative product that is proudly made in Dorset.
Butcher of the Year
Butcher of the Year was sponsored by Country Smallholding Magazine. The award celebrated local independent butchers and recognised their valuable contribution to Dorset’s food scene.
Tearoom/Coffee Shop of the Year
One of our most popular categories Tearoom/ Coffee Shop of the Year was sponsored by McCarthy & Stone. Gathering from the huge number of nominations, readers have rigorously tasted their way across the tea rooms and coffee shops of the county.
Food Product of the Year
Food Product or Producer of the Year was sponsored by Bournemouth University. Dorset is home to some internationally-known brands that send a taste of the county around the world, as well as innovative food producers that have seen a niche in the market and seized their chance. This award celebrates the dedication that goes into creating these mouth-watering products.
Best Seafood Restaurant
Best Seafood Restaurant was sponsored by Dorset Magazine. In this new category the judges were looking for restaurants that celebrated the fabulous local seafood landed in Dorset and made this the star ingredient of their menus.
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Hotel Restaurant was sponsored by National Westchem. This award puts Dorset’s hotel restaurants in the limelight. The judges were looking for venues that offered a superb dining experience in lovely surroundings with excellent service.
Best Dorset Roast
Best Dorset Roast was sponsored by Fiona Penny at Sunflowers who provided the stunning floral arrangements at the glittering ceremony. Be it in a restaurant, pub or hotel. Who is serving a cracking locally sourced roast dinner with all the trimmings?
Chef of the Year
Chef of the Year was sponsored by Kitchen Craft. Dorset chefs are renowned for their expert use of seasonal local produce but who has gone out of their way to showcase Dorset produce on their menu in an innovative and engaging way?
Dorset Magazine Food & Farming Hero
Dorset Magazine asked the readers to pick a local food hero who has achieved something extraordinary that has helped promote Dorset’s food scene to a wider audience.