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Good Staffordshire Food Wins Awards!

19/11/2012

Food and drink businesses from across Staffordshire are celebrating success today, following the announcement of the 2012 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards winners.

The awards recognise quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county’s food and drink industry, and this year saw two new categories reintroduced – ‘Best Breakfast’ and ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ – meaning more food and drink establishments and producers were in with a chance of being crowned a winner!

And the winners are….

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

1st Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield

Runners up The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, near Stafford

The Three Horseshoes Inn, Blackshaw Moor, near Leek

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Churchill China

1st Netherstowe House, Lichfield

Runners up: Sanjeev’s, Stoke-on-Trent

Delhi 6 Restaurant, Little Aston, near Lichfield

Brasserie/Contemporary Pub/Bar of the Year

1st The Wayfarer, Stone

Runners Up The Swan Hotel, Stafford

The Shropshire Inn, Haughton, near Stafford

Traditional Pub/Inn of the Year

1st The Middle Bell, Barton under Needwood

Runners up The Red Lion, Bradley, near Stafford

The Waterfront, Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood

Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year

1st Springslade Lodge, Cannock Chase

Runners up Denstone Hall Farm Tea Room, Denstone, Uttoxeter

Packington Moor Farm Café, near Lichfield

Banqueting Award

1st Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard

Runners up Galloping Gourmet - Packington Moor, Lichfield

The Ashes (Jenkinsons Caterers), Endon, Stoke-on-Trent

Local Food/Drink Producer of the Year - Grower

1st Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone, Uttoxeter

Runners up Buzzard Valley Wines, Tamworth

Packington Free Range (Pork and Poultry), Barton under Needwood

Local Food/Drink Producer of the Year - Manufacturer

1st Bertelin Farmhouse Cheese, Eccleshall

Runners up Lymestone Brewery, Stone

Marston’s Brewery, Burton upon Trent

Local Food/Drink Retailer of the Year – Farm Shop

1st Packington Moor Farm Shop, Lichfield

Runners up Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone, Uttoxeter

Canalside Farm, Great Haywood, Stafford

Local Food/Drink Retailer of the Year – Other Retailer

1st Brown and Green, Trentham Shopping Village

Runners up Peter Coates Alrewas Ltd, Alrewas, Burton upon Trent

The Butcher, The Baker and The Ice Cream Maker, Barton under Needwood

Best Breakfast Award

1st Colton House, near Rugeley

Runners up The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, near Stafford

The Swan Hotel, Stafford

Visitor Attraction of the Year

1st Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Barlaston

Runners up Ladywalk Tea Room, Shugborough Estate, near Stafford

Denstone Art Gallery and Tea Room, Denstone, Uttoxeter

NFU Award: Local Food Champion 2012

1st Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, Stafford.

Runners up Galloping Gourmet - Packington Moor, Lichfield

Sandon Hall - (Jenkinsons Caterers), Sandon, Stafford

Service Science Personal Award for Outstanding Service

Marc Hodgson – BEST WESTERN Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent

Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow 2012

Ruby Rainey – The Terrace Restaurant, KeeleUniversity

Taste of Staffordshire Master Chef 2012

Matthew Warburton – Rouge Recruitment

Special Award – British Heritage Pub

The Roebuck, Leek – an award to honour an establishment that embodies all that is best about the simple British pub.

The awards recognise quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county’s food and drink industry, and many of Staffordshire’s restaurants, pubs, brasseries, tea-rooms, banqueting caterers, local food producers, and local food retailers entered in hope of being crowned the winner of their category.

Graeme Whitehead, Tourism Manager, Staffordshire County Council, said: “These awards are a privilege to hold, as hospitality businesses in Staffordshire are vital to the county’s economy and it is important for us to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and pride that goes into producing and serving excellent food and drink.”

More than 250 guests attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the BEST WESTERN Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent, compered by regional broadcast journalist Janine Machin with key sponsors, including PackingtonFreeRange, a member of Taste of Staffordshire.

The awards were presented to winning Taste of Staffordshire members by Sarah Willingham, patron of Taste of Staffordshire and food lover, and Councillor Ben Adams Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Enterprise, Staffordshire County Council.

Alec Mercer, Director at Packington Free Range, said: “At Packington Free Range, we specialise in rearing free range pork and poultry in the best welfare and environment conditions possible. This ensures that we can truly be proud of what we rear and how we rear it.

“The opportunity to sponsor the Taste of Staffordshire dinner means a great deal to us. Staffordshire has some fantastic food producers and awards like the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards really help to spread the word, and not only celebrate, but also appreciate delicious local food.”

Taste of Staffordshire represents the very best in eating and drinking establishments, food and drink retailers, and producers in the county. In order to achieve membership, each establishment goes through a detailed accreditation process in order to receive the Taste of Staffordshire marque.

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