Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 winners: Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

PUBLISHED: 12:10 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 28 September 2018

Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

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We reveal the winner of the Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer award. Sponsored by Cooper BMW and Mini Colchester

The judges looked for butchers, bakers, delicatessens, farmers markets and more with a passion for high-quality products and fresh local produce, as well as outstanding customer service.

Our finalists were....

Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Brentwood

Here at Calcott Hall Farm Shop we have a great range of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables for you to try, priding ourselves on offering a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, which is very different from the supermarkets. With NS Risdon butchers, Star Fishmongers and a cheese counter, not to mention the Barnyard Café, we have everything you need on site.

Spencer’s Farm Shop, Halstead

Spencer’s Farm Shop is located in rural north Essex close to the Suffolk border. We specialise in stocking local produce, from our home-grown fruit and veg right through every category including local award-winning wine, beer, cheese, jams and preserves plus deli items. All this supports many small manufacturers and makers from the region and we have installed a kitchen in the farm shop to make homemade produce direct from the farm to sell in the shop.

Blackwells Farm Shop, Coggeshall

At Blackwells Farm Shop we are committed to supporting local suppliers and more than 90% of the produce we market is sourced within a 20-mile radius of the farm. In particular we source our meat from local farmers known and trusted by ourselves for their good husbandry skills.


And our winner is.... Calcott Hall Farm Shop


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