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27 January, 2020


Taste Cheshire crowns local hospitality champions of 2018


So Cheshire partner feature


At a glittering award ceremony at the Pavilion at Chester Racecourse, over 350 people from the hospitality industry gathered to find out who had won the annual Taste Cheshire Awards on Wednesday 4th April.

Over 40,000 votes were cast by customers of venues right across Cheshire, which saw a short list in each category mystery dined and shopped by industry experts to determine the gold, silver and bronze medal winners.

Taste Cheshire general manager, Briony Wilson said: “It was one of the best events we have ever put on. The industry gets so little time to get together and celebrate what an amazing job they all do representing Cheshire to the millions of visitors we have to the county every year.

“All of our nominees have had a wonderful 2017 and our various winners at each level have excelled at the very top of their game. It is a privilege for us to be able to celebrate their achievements with them.”

The event was hosted by Gavin Matthews, with Horseradish Catering providing a meal for perhaps the toughest ‘gig’ of the year, feeding their peers.

Taste Cheshire owner Stephen Wundke was delighted with the event, as he explained: “Our annual awards have been running now for 18 years and by staging these just after the Food and Drink Festival we bring a huge focus across the UK on to Cheshire and its food and drink industry.

“This was a superb night and we are already planning for how we can introduce more categories for 2019 to encourage even more people in to the industry.”

Winners in each category are as follows:

Local Produce Shop of the Year

Bronze Award – Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Nantwich

Silver Award – Claremont Farm, Wirral

Gold Award – The Hollies Farm Shop, Tarporley

2018 Festival Sausage Competition

Plain Pork Sausage Winner – Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Nantwich

Flavoured Sausage winner – Muffs of Bromborough

Family Friendly Venue of the Year

Bronze Award – The Lambing Shed, Knutsford

Silver Award – Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas

Gold Award – The Fishpool Inn, Northwich

Best Use of Local Produce in A Menu

Bronze Award – The Cheshire Dinning Experience

Silver Award – George and Dragon, Holmes Chapel

Gold Award – The Chesterfields, Chester

Best Sandwich Shop

Bronze Award – The Cheshire Sandwich Company, Chester

Silver Award – Meltdown, Chester

Gold Award – Bloom, Nantwich

Best Newcomer

Bronze Award – Tap and Pantry, The Stanneylands

Silver Award – Meltdown, Chester

Gold Award – Deadwood Smokehouse, Nantwich

Best Deli

Bronze Award – Monks Delicatessen, Runcorn

Silver Award – Whitmore and White, West Kirby

Gold Award – Deli Fine, Holt

Best Cafe

Bronze Award – Benty Farm Tea Rooms, Wirral

Silver Award – Little Yellow Pig, Hoole

Gold Award – Jaunty Goat, Chester

Best Bar

Bronze Award – Barlounge, Chester

Silver Award – The Suburbs, Hoole

Gold Award – Little Tap, Tarporley

Best Pub

Bronze Award – Ring O’ Bells, Christleton

Silver Award – The Chesterfields, Chester

Gold Award – The Pheasant Inn, Chester

Excellence in Customer Care

Bronze Award –  George and Dragon, Holmes Chapel

Silver Award – Urbano32, Chester

Gold Award – Little Tap, Tarporley

Best Small Restaurant

Bronze Award – Upstairs at the Grill, Chester

Silver Award – Sticky Walnut, Chester

Gold Award – The Chefs Table, Chester

Best Large Restaurant

Bronze Award – The Chester Fields, Chester

Silver Award – Opera Grill, Chester

Gold Award – Olive Tree Brasserie, Chester

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner – Ed Cowap, The Hollies Farm Shop