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Taste Cheshire reveal Food and Drink Awards Finalists

By on March 12, 2019

With a staggering 44,000 votes cast in this years Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards organisers today announced the finalists in each of the categories for the 2019 Awards. Taste Cheshire CEO Stephen Wundke was thrilled with the response “ Every year now, for two decades the people of Cheshire have been voting for their favourite places in these awards and this year more than ever they have cast their votes. Our special thanks to our sponsors of each award without whom we wouldn’t be able to continue to stage these awards. Each year, at our Presentation Dinner, when we crown our champions, we get to see just how important these awards are, to those within the industry. It is very satisfying seeing so many people all together at the very top of their profession. Now comes the hard part as each nomination is now mystery dined and shopped by industry experts over the coming 4 weeks to see who will be, the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. So, if you are dining alone over the next few weeks you just might get some exceptional, above and beyond service! I wish every nomination the best of luck and look forward to seeing many of our winners at the presentation”

This year was the first where Taste Cheshire have introduced Food and Drink Producer Awards. These have been sponsored by Square Pie, a newly based Cheshire business who are keen to support the local producer and Taste Cheshire General Manager, Briony Wilson was pleased to be able to highlight this area. “We know, through the many markets, fiestas and festivals that we run that Cheshire has some of the finest and most innovative food and drink producers and these awards were created to celebrate all of these food heroes, from the cottage industry up to the main line producer. Hopefully this will be just the start and we can grow this category even further in years to come”.

The Awards dinner takes place on April 24th at Chester Racecourse. For more information go to www.tastecheshire.com.

The nominations for this years Food and drink Awards 2019 are;

Local Produce Shop of the Year Sponsored by Taste Cheshire

Hollies Farm Shop, Tarporley

The Lambing Shed, Knutsford

Rose Farm Shop, Tarporley

Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Nantwich

Bellis Brothers, Holt

Family Friendly Venue of the Year

Hickory’s Smokehouse, Chester

The Chester Fields Pub and Restaurant, Mickle Trafford

The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

The StoryHouse, Chester


Best Use Of Local Produce In A Menu sponsored by Taste Cheshire

The Pheasant Inn, Buwardsley

The Chester Fields Pub and Restaurant, Mickle Trafford

The Brewery Tap, Chester

Ring O’Bells, Christleton

The Faulkner, Hoole


Best Sandwich Shop

Meltdown, Chester

Peak Sandwiches, Chester Market

Bloom, Nantwich

The Cheshire Sandwich Company, Chester


Best Newcomer Sponsored by Love Lane Pale Ale

Bean and Cole, Chester

The Nags Head, Haughton

Docket No.64, Chester

The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

Antrobus Arms, Antrobus


Best Delicatessan

Whitmore and White, Frodsham

Monks Delicatessen, Runcorn

Deli Vert, Hoole

Deli Boys, Knutsford

Deli Fine, Holt


Best Cafe sponsored by We Love Good Times

Farm Made, Audlem

Bean and Cole, Chester

The Moorings, Chester

Gran T’s, Altrincham

Jaunty Goat, Chester


Best Bar sponsored by Dee 106.3

Little Tap, Tarporley

Bar Six, Sandbach

Barlounge, Chester

Lono Cove, Chester

The Suburbs, Hoole


Best Pub sponsored by Wrexham Lager

The Chester Fields Pub and Restaurant, Mickle Trafford

The Faulkner, Hoole

Fox and Hound, Sproston

The Bear’s Head, Brereton

Ring O’Bells, Christleton


Excellence in Customer Care sponsored by Chester Zoo

Little Tap, Tarporley

Urbano 32, Chester

The Coach House Inn, Chester

Deadwood Smokehouse, Nantwich


Best Small Restaurant sponsored by the Ginsmiths of Liverpool

The Chefs Table, Chester

The Galley, Ellesmere Port

Machine House, Rossett

Upstairs at the Grill, Chester

Joseph Benjamin, Chester


Best Large Restaurant sponsored by Deva Fest

Opera Grill, Chester

Hickory’s Smokehouse, Chester

The Fishpool Inn, Delemere

La Fattoria, Chester

1539, Chester Racecourse


Cheshire Small Food Producer sponsored by Square Pie

Howl at the Moon Hot Sauce

Little lodge Confectionery

Weston Biltong Company

Big 5 Catering

Clotton Hall Dairy


Cheshire Large Food Producer sponsored by Square Pie

The Ice Cream Farm

Backford Belles Ice Cream

The Cheshire Brewhouse

Hunter’s Gin

Peckforton Water


Cheshire Drink Producer sponsored by Square Pie

Harry’s Drinks Company

Great Drams

Weetwood Ales

The Edge Gin

Tatton Brewery

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