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.