Recipe: Oatmeal muffins

28 March, 2020


Cheshire has its say on food and drink awards


So Cheshire partner feature


Organisers of the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards 2018 have again reported a huge number of votes cast for the annual hospitality prize-giving.

This is the 19th year of these awards and previous winners represent some of the finest establishments anywhere in the UK.

This year’s winners will be joining an illustrious roll of honour when they are presented with their awards at the ceremony on 4th April in the Pavilion at Chester Racecourse.

Taste Cheshire general manager Briony Wilson said: “It has been another amazing year with over 40,000 votes cast by regulars of their favourite establishments.

“This makes the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards amongst the biggest voted for awards in the UK.

“Every year we are so pleased to see how much our industry has developed and the standard of hospitality within our county just gets better and better.

“We really are the county of Food and Drink, which our customers keep telling us by voting year after year.

“The voting process has now finished and below are listed the nominations in each category.

“Nominees will now be mystery dined and shopped by our judging panel with the difficult job of finding the winners.

“Our congratulation to every nominee, you have achieved the most important part already. The recognition by your customers that you are their favourite.”


The shortlisted nominations in each category are:


Local Produce Shop of the Year

The Hollies Farm Shop

Claremont Farm

Cheerbrook Farm Shop

Kenyon Hall Farm Shop

Applegate’s Farm Shop


Family Friendly Venue of the Year

Hickory’s Smokehouse, Chester

The White Horse, Chester Racecourse

The Fishpool Inn

Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas

The Lambing Shed


Best Use of Local Produce in a Menu

The Chefs Table

Little Tap, Tarporley

Cheshire Dining Experience

The Chesterfields

The Castle, Congleton

George and Dragon, Holmes Chapel


Best Sandwich Shop

Meltdown, Chester

Bloom, Nantwich

Monks Deli, Runcorn

The Cheshire Sandwich Company


Best Newcomer

Meltdown, Chester

Craft & Co

The Stanneylands

9 Elephants, Chester

Deadwood Smokehouse


Best Deli

Deli Vert, Hoole

Monks Deli, Runcorn

Whitmore and White, West Kirby

RF Burrows & Sons, Bunbury

Deli Fine, Holt


Best Cafe

Benty Farm Tearooms

Brew & Tucker, Frodsham

Little Yellow Pig

Jaunty Goat Coffee

Farm Made Tearooms, Audlem


Best Bar

Kash22, Frodsham

The Little Tap, Tarporley



The Suburbs, Hoole


Best Pub

The Faulkner

The Coachouse Inn

Ring O’Bells, Christleton

The ChesterFields

The Pheasant Inn


Excellence in customer care

Little Tap, Tarporley

Brew & Tucker, Frodsham


George and Dragon, Holmes Chapel


Best Small Restaurant

The Chefs Table

Upstairs at the Grill

Sticky Walnut, Hoole

Chime, Hartford

The Machine House


Best Large Restaurant

Opera Grill

Hickory’s Smokehouse, Chester

The Chesterfields

Miller and Carter, Chester

Olive Tree Brasserie, Chester

The awards dinner is a glittering affair with over 350 attendees from the industry assembling after the Chester Food and Drink Festival to find out who has won.

It’s a highlight of the food and drink calendar in our region. For more information about the Food and Drink Festival or the awards dinner, please see: