Food and Drink Awards
PUBLISHED: 11:05 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 16 April 2014
The Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards celebrates all that is great about our local food and drink industry, and gives valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues across the region.
To choose the very best winners in each category, we are looking to the people of Essex to nominate who you think deserves a chance to win these coveted awards. So if you have had a particularly enjoyable meal using local ingredients at an Essex restaurant or pub, or have been impressed with the produce and service at a local farm shop or cafe, then let us know. There are 13 categories to enter covering a broad range of activities across the food and drink industry and remember, if your favourite isn’t entered, it can’t win!
Restaurant of the Year
SPONSORED BY HARVEYS QUALITY GARDEN BUILDINGS
Is your local restaurant a bit special? Does it offer a unique menu or a chef who never fails to deliver perfectly cooked, well-presented, locally-sourced dishes? Then this could be our winner.
Community Pub Award
SPONSORED BY SWALLOW AQUATICS AND MILL RACE GARDEN CENTRE
Does your favourite pub offer a choice of real the ales, Essex brews and act as a hub for community? Tell us why you love your local.
SPONSORED BY PAUL NEWMAN INTERIORS
We’re looking for the perfectionists – the alchemists who consistently transform local seasonal produce into winning combinations. If you know a local chef who’s passionate about his food and creates dishes to the highest standards, nominate them now.
Best Essex Producer
SPONSORED BY EAST MERSEA HALL
These are the people and businesses that grow, brew or make exceptional food or drink in Essex. Any Essex producer, from farmer to wine-maker, is eligible – whatever their size.
Pride in Essex
SPONSORED BY THE CHELMSFORD STAR CO-OP
This award recognises individuals and businesses which actively and proudly promote the great local produce Essex has to offer residents within the county and further afield. It is open to food and drink producers, as well as those who support and service them, demonstrating a real passion for the county and the food and drink made here.
Top Farm Shop
SPONSORED BY WEST STREET VINEYARD
Is your local farm shop a treasure trove of enticingly displayed, well-priced Essex produce, where the staff really know their stuff. Nominate your favourite now.
Best Coffee or Tea Shop
SPONSORED BY THE STAR OF INDIA
Whether it’s high tea with freshly-baked scones and homemade jam or a café with an array of freshly-ground beans and delicious cakes – if it’s your go-to spot for a caffeine fix, we want to hear about it.
Customer Service Award
SPONSORED BY HATFIELDS
Service has to be just right – not lacking, but not intrusive either. We want you to tell us about the place that blends warmth and courtesy with knowledge and efficiency.
Best Roast Dinner
SPONSORED BY FRANK WRIGHT & SONS
Tender, locally-sourced meat, golden roasties, Essex-grown veg and the perfect
Yorkshire puddings – these are the criteria for the perfect Sunday roast and we want to find our county’s best.
Best Family Dining Destination
SPONSORED BY TEC-SUPPLIES
This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents. Do you know somewhere offering tasty nutritious children’s meals and entertainment in a welcoming environment? Then tell us about it.
Essex Life Food and Drink Hero
SPONSORED BY THE ESSEX AIR AMBULANCE
It doesn’t matter who they are or what they do, but this hero (or heroine) will be a champion of the best of the Essex food and drink scene, contribute to the community and enthuse people with their passion for local produce.
Destination Dining Venue
SPONSORED BY PERFECTIONIST CLEANING
We’re looking for the place you are happy to travel to, because you can be sure of show-stopping food as part of a great day out.
Field to Fork Award
SPONSORED BY ALLSTAFF EMPLOYMENT
This shop, restaurant or stall must clearly demonstrate the provenance of its food and have plenty of Essex produce. Staff must be able to tell you where your
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: July 31, 2013