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2014 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Award Winners Announced


2014 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards

Esteemed food and drink businesses from across Staffordshire are celebrating success today (Tuesday 25th March), following the announcement of the 2014 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards winners.

Recognising quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county, the awards celebrate some of Staffordshire’s finest, from restaurants to pubs, brasseries to tea-rooms, visitor attractions to local food producers.

More than 200 guests attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony at Keele Hall, Keele University, which was compèred by regional broadcast journalist Janine Machin.

Following an opening speech from Taste of Staffordshire Patron, Sarah Willingham, as well as newly appointed Ambassador Louis Barnett. 


The 2014 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Award winners were announced as follows:

NFU Award: Local Food Champion 2014

1st - Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Cafe, near Uttoxeter

Runner Up – Packington Moor Shop & Cafe, near Lichfield


Service Science Award for Outstanding Personal Service

Colette Malbon - Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, near Uttoxeter


Local Food Grower of the Year

1st - Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, near Uttoxeter

Runner Up - Buzzard Valley Wines, Vineyard & Fisheries, Tamworth


Local Food Producer of the Year

1st - Essington Fruit Farm, Essington, near Wolverhampton

Runner Up - Peter Coates Alrewas Ltd, Alrewas


Farm Shop of the Year

1st - Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, near Uttoxeter

Runner Up - Canalside Farm Shop, Great Haywood, Stafford


Local Food Retailer of the Year

1st - Brown and Green, Trentham Shopping Village

Runner Up - The Granary Deli & Cafe, Weston Park


Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year

1st - Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, near Uttoxeter

Runner Up - Essington Fruit Farm Country Kitchen, near Wolverhampton


Traditional Pub / Inn of the Year

1st - The Middle Bell Pub, Barton-under-Needwood

Runner Up – The Three Horseshoes Inn & Restaurant, near Leek


Brasserie / Contemporary Pub / Bar of the Year

1st - Netherstowe House, Lichfield

Runner Up - The Swan with Two Necks, Blackbrook, near Newcastle-under-Lyme


Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

1st - Swinfen Hall Hotel, near Lichfield

Runner Up - Cullens Restaurant, Stone


Best Breakfast Award

1st - The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, Stafford

Runner Up - Colton House Guest House, near Rugeley


Visitor Attraction of the Year

1st - Wedgwood Visitor Restaurant, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent

Runner Up - The Hollybush Coffee Shop & Restaurant, near Wolverhampton


Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Churchill China

1st - The Posthouse, Stafford

Runner Up - The Terrace Restaurant, Keele Hall, Keele


Special Award for Enthusiasm & Innovation

Misco’s Chocolates & Truffles, Leek


Special Award for Happiest Atmosphere

The Apple Tree Coffee Shop & Deli, Barton Marina


Graeme Whitehead, Tourism Manager for Destination Staffordshire, said: “The role of food and drink in the tourism industry is extremely important and plays a pivotal role in the visitor experience. Year on year we are attracting a wealth of quality restaurants and producers to Taste of Staffordshire which adds to our credibility and appeal as a leading short break destination.

“This year we have been incredibly impressed by the quality and dedication shown to first rate service that many of these finalists have shown. It takes great determination and commitment to work in the hospitality industry and we hope that these awards will inspire and help businesses grow.”


Richard Morrey of Service Science who judged the awards, said: “The standard for this year’s awards has been incredibly high. Taste of Staffordshire marque represents the very best in eating and drinking establishments, food and drink retailers, and producers in the county. Quality of service and the uniqueness of an individual’s offer go hand in hand and are essential to ensure businesses thrive in today’s competitive environment and price sensitive market.

“We would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners and runners-up who have continued to grow Staffordshire’s food and drink industry.”


Louis Barnett, Taste of Staffordshire Ambassador

Also at the event, Taste of Staffordshire launched its newest ambassador, young entrepreneur and chocolatier Louis Barnett. As part of his role, Louis will be working with local businesses to promote Taste of Staffordshire as a quality and aspirational brand.

He will also be looking to raise the profile of export in the food and drink sector with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), promoting the need for better quality British produce in overseas markets.

Louis said: “Events such as this are incredibly important to allow producers and businesses to shine and learn from one another. It’s great to be amongst so many like minded businesses and start-ups who feel as passionately as I do to promote British produce.”


Also during the evening, the Staffordshire Chefs Forum Young Chef of 2014 competition was launched. The initiative supported by the Lewis Partnership, Taste of Staffordshire and the British Culinary Federation is open for 16-21 year olds with entrants expected to create two innovative dishes using local Staffordshire produce. The competition is in two parts, a written entry (deadline 16th May) with those shortlisted to go through to a live cook-off held at Stafford College on the 7th July.

More information about the award winners and joining the accreditation scheme can be found at


For more information please contact the Destination Staffordshire Press Office on 01743 234224 or email
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