Winners of the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2016
PUBLISHED: 15:09 28 November 2016
The Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards returned for the eleventh year with a fantastic ceremony taking place at The Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney on Wednesday 23 November. Here we announce the winners
Judges visited each of their category finalists in recent weeks, before Hampshire’s finest food and drink experts gathered for the black tie awards ceremony to discover who had won what.
With grateful thanks to our headline sponsor Shorefield Holidays.
Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Originals Jewellers & Gallery
This category enables our numerous hotel restaurants to stand out from the crowd. We were looking for venues that offer a sublime dining experience with fantastic food, drink and superb service.
Newcomer of the Year
This category was open to anyone in the food or drink business who has started a new venture within the last 18 months. We wanted to know what impact they have made on the local community and whether they have started to achieve any success further afield.
Butcher of the Year
This category is here for one reason and that is to praise our numerous local butchers and everything they contribute to the local food scene.
Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year
We recognise that tea and coffee shops are an integral part of the Hampshire food and drink scene and we wanted to know your favourites. Is there a good selection of coffees and loose leaf teas to hand? Are the scones freshly baked and served with local jams? We’re looking forward to hearing about your favourites.
Does the establishment use ingredients produced or grown in Hampshire to create fantastic tasting cakes and delicious pastries? Do they show a dedication to providing an invaluable service to the local community?
Best Independent Food Shop
The key to a good farm shop is not only the range of produce and the layout, but also the principles that it supports.
Food Product of the Year
Today’s Hampshire food culture is a really competitive one with consumers demanding top quality products. This category gave you a chance to nominate a food product that stands out above the rest.
Drinks Product of the Year
Sponsored by Conquest Fitted Furniture
We asked voters to consider how innovative the drink is, the flavours that contribute to making it such a success and how the product is value for money without compromising on quality.
Best Local Supplier/Producer
Sponsored by Bartlett & Butcher
This category aims to celebrate our local suppliers and producers that play such a vital role in the food community.
Best Hampshire Sunday Roast
A fabulous roast dinner is a British institution, but we were looking for the best in Hampshire. Is the meat locally sourced and referenced? Are the vegetables a meal on their own and perfectly cooked?
Best Hampshire Menu
Sponsored by Two Guys Kitchens
We were looking for menus full of local producers, commending those suppliers that contribute to making it such a delicious and award-winning menu.
Pub of the Year
Sponsored by Don’s Doors
Combining country pubs and dining pubs, the whole eating out experience needed to be taken into account in this category. Customer service, value for money and the quality of the food should all be accounted for.
Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Hildon
This category is one of our most coveted awards; the Hampshire Life Restaurant of the Year needs to offer an incomparable dining experience, everything from the ambiance to the service and most importantly the food.
Chef of the Year
Sponsored by J & S Fresh Fish
Hampshire is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of restaurants we have here. The Chef of the Year will be someone who has devoted him or herself to the cause of serving the best possible food.
Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Owton’s
This award is designed to praise a local food and drink industry related business for their excellent awareness of their customers’ needs.
2016 Hampshire Food Hero
Sponsored by Shorefield Holidays
Hampshire has a food scene which is more vibrant than many others across the UK. This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the food community – someone who goes the extra mile to promote Hampshire to a wider audience and is passionate about local produce throughout.