Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 winners: Pride of Essex Award

PUBLISHED: 12:09 28 September 2018

Pride of Essex

Pride of Essex

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We reveal the winner for the Pride of Essex award: Sponsored by East of England 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 was 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.

The finalists were....

New Hall Vineyards, Purleigh

New Hall Vineyards was established in 1969 by the Greenwood family in Purleigh, near Chelmsford, and is now one of the largest commercial vineyards in the UK with over 100 acres of vines. New Hall continues to be a family-run business in it’s third generation, supported by a long-serving team of staff with combined viticultural experience of more than 100 years.

The Saffron Ice Cream Company, Saffron Walden

The team at the Saffron Ice Cream Company are passionate artisan ice cream makers producing products by hand everyday on a family farm in 
Saffron Walden. We produce in small batches using good old fashioned production techniques to create honest products of superior quality and consistency. Our traditional Essex dairy ice cream embraces and promotes the heritage of a Great British icon!

LillyPuds, Chelmsford

Following years of making Christmas puddings for friends, in 2015, Alison Lilly decided to launch the LillyPuds brand from her Chelmsford home. The puddings are scrumptiously light with reduced added sugar, a high fruit content and no mixed peel or dairy ingredients. Our award-winning puddings are styled for gifting and dining and are available for foodservice and retail.


And the winner is New Hall Vineyards!


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