Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 winners: Best Essex Producer

PUBLISHED: 12:09 28 September 2018

Best Essex Producer

Best Essex Producer

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We reveal the winner for the Best Essex Producer award. Sponsored by Bellefontaines’ Jewellery & Watches

Judges searched for the people and businesses that grow, brew or make exceptional food or drink in Essex. Any Essex producer, from farmer to wine-maker, was eligible — whatever their size

Our finalists were....

Cotchel — George Thompson Ltd, Great Oakley

Cotchel is a range of juices created by third generation farmer Pete Thompson, who is on a mission to reduce food waste by using the apples and pears he can’t sell and turning them into something delicious. The family have been growing fruit and vegetables on their farm in Great Oakley since 1948.

Martin’s Lane Vineyard, Stow Maries

Martin’s Lane Vineyard was established in 2008 by a group of families, friends and relatives on 30 acres of spectacular hillside landscape overlooking the River Crouch at Stow Maries. The project was founded on the strong belief the Crouch Valley offered the perfect temperate climate and vital spring frost protection to produce the finest cool climate wines from the world’s classic grape varieties. Martin’s Lane wines are selected by premium restaurants in Essex, East Anglia and the West End of London.

Bradfields Farm Dairy, North Benfleet

Bradfields Farm Dairy is one of only a handful of dairy farms left in Essex. Run by the Lambert family for three generations, it launched its micro dairy in February 2017 making fresh milk, cream, cheese and yogurts, all sold from the farm and farmers’ markets as well as through wholesale to local farm shops.


And the winner is.... Cotchel - George Thompson Ltd!


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