Food and drink businesses from across the county are celebrating after they were named Staffordshire’s best at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards, held at Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 20th October, saw 12 awards handed out, with the Four Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield winning the Independent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Porsche Wolverhampton.

The Three Horseshoes Country Inn, Leek picked up the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year award, sponsored by Rainbow International, while The Sun Inn in Stafford won Public House of the Year, sponsored by Majestic Wines.

The Tea Room & Coffee Shop of the Year award went to Pom’s Kitchen & Deli in Lichfield, while The Red Lion in Bradley, near Stafford, won Afternoon Tea of the Year 
Essington Fruit Farm in South Staffordshire bagged two awards – Farm Shop of the Year, sponsored by NFU and Food Processor, Producer or Distributor of the Year, sponsored by SBS Insurance Services.

Drinks Manufacturer of the Year went to Nelson’s Gin, near Uttoxeter, while Lymestone Brewery won Brewery of the Year, sponsored by Marston’s Brewery, and Hasbean Coffee was named Specialist Food & Drink Retailer of the Year.

Titanic Brewery’s Keith Bott MBE (Industry Ambassador Special Award, sponsored by Porsche Wolverhampton) and Stone Food and Drink Festival’s Richard Stevens (Special Award for Recognition within the Industry, sponsored by The Boat Inn, Lichfield) were also honoured for their outstanding contribution to the food and drink sector in Staffordshire.

The black tie event was attended by 140 people, who enjoyed a three-course meal prepared by McKenzie’s Restaurant in Lichfield, and canapes from Liam Dillon, head chef patron at Lichfield’s The Boat Inn.

2017 Winners are listed below:

Afternoon Tea of the Year

Winner: The Red Lion, Bradley

Finalist: Netherstowe House, Lichfield

Finalist: Springslade Lodge, Cannock Chase

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Rainbow International

Winner: The Three Horseshoes Country Inn, Leek

Finalist: The Red Lion, Bradley

Finalist: Greenway Hall Golf Club, Stockton Brook

Independent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Porsche Wolverhampton

Winner: The Four Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield

Finalist: The Winery, Burton upon Trent

Finalist: Pom’s Kitchen & Deli, Lichfield

Farm Shop of the Year, sponsored by NFU

Winner: Essington Fruit Farm Shop, South Staffordshire

Finalist: Canalside Farm Shop, Great Haywood

Finalist: Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone

Tea Room & Coffee Shop of the Year

Winner: Pom’s Kitchen & Deli, Lichfield

Finalist: Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café, Denstone

Finalist: Springslade Lodge, Cannock Chase

Public House of the Year, sponsored by Majestic Wines

Winner: The Sun Inn, Stafford

Finalist: The White Star, Stoke-on-Trent

Finalist: The Stafford Arms, Bagnall

Drinks Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Nelson’s Gin, Uttoxeter

Finalist: Clive’s Wines, Burntwood

Food Processor, Producer or Distributor of the Year, sponsored by SBS Insurance

Winner: Essington Fruit Farm, South Staffordshire

Brewery of the Year, sponsored by Marston’s Brewery

Winner: Lymestone Brewery, Stone

Finalist: Slater’s Ale, Stafford

Specialist Food & Drink Retailer of the Year

Winner: Hasbean Coffee, Stafford

Industry Ambassador Special Award, sponsored by Porsche Wolverhampton

Winner: Keith Bott MBE, Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent

Special Award for Recognition within the Industry, sponsored by The Boat Inn, Lichfield

Winner: Richard Stevens, Chair of Stone Food & Drink Festival

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