Food Reader Awards 2014 finalists revealed


February 4, 2014

Food Reader Awards 2014

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The finalists in the food Reader Awards 2014 have been announced.

Over 8,000 South West foodies have voted in the awards and the final three in each category can be revealed now that voting has closed (below). The winners will be announced at the grand awards ceremony at lead sponsor Yeo Valley’s funky headquarters at Blagdon in Somerset on February 24.

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate the best food and drink in the South West and are voted for strictly by readers of food magazine and in three rounds of voting which began last autumn. The most voted for categories were Best Restaurant, Local Cookery School and Local Food Hero.

food editor Jo Rees said, ‘These are very strong contenders, and each of them a worthy winner in their own right. Unfortunately only one in each category will walk away with the award at the ceremony at Yeo Valley on February 24.

‘What’s most exciting is to see is the array of brilliant food and drink businesses in the South West. We continue to lead the way as a region in the industry – and it goes from strength to strength.’

The action will be followed live on the night by @food_mag 70,000 Twitter followers using the hashtag #FoodReaderAwards.


The Food Reader Awards 2014 finalists

Best Chef – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Martyn Compton, Tanners, Plymouth, Devon
Nathan Outlaw, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s, Rock, Cornwall
Simon Hulstone, The Elephant, Torquay, Devon

Local Food Hero – sponsored by First Great Western

Michael Caines MBE, Gidleigh Park
Guy Watson, Riverford
Nathan Outlaw, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s

Best Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, Devon
Paul Ainsworth at No6, Padstow
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion

Best Hotel – sponsored by Jelf Insurance

The Two Bridges, Dartmoor
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
St Moritz, near Wadebridge

Best Cafe – sponsored by Havana Coffee Co

Picnic, Falmouth
Boston Tea Party, across the South West
Toast, Honiton

Best Pub – sponsored by St Austell Brewery

The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, Cornwall
The Treby Arms, Plympton, Devon
The Star & Dove, Bristol

Best Drink – sponsored by Smith & Williamson

Sharp’s Doom Bar
Thatchers Cider
Tribute Ale

Best Foodie Product – sponsored by Cheeky Cow Cheese

Choccie Bar chocolates
Frandie Macaron
Field Fare frozen produce

Best Independent Retailer – sponsored by Darts Farm

The Cornish Food Box Company, Truro
Chandos Deli across South West
Quayside Fish, Porthleven, Cornwall

Best Blogger – sponsored by Rodda’s

The Hedge Combers
Wuthering Bites

Best Farm Shop

Riverford Farm Shop, Staverton, Devon
Padstow Farm Shop, Cornwall
Trevaskis Farm Shop, near Hayle, Cornwall

Best Cookery School – sponsored by Helpful Holidays

Ashburton Cookery School, Ashburton
Rick Stein’s Seafood School, Padstow
River Cottage Cookery School, Axminster

Best Wine List

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion
Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
Rendezvous Wine Bar, Exeter

One Response to Food Reader Awards 2014 finalists revealed

  1. Carol says:

    Hi and many congratulations on Toast of Honiton, making the finals of the best café.
    Myself and my partner frequently visit, and we can highly recommend them. Lovely café, great atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, of course excellent food and brilliant coffees’ at very competitive prices. We wouldn’t go anywhere else, we are both well travelled and would rate ‘Toast’ as the best in the west. Congratulations again, keep up the good work, you deserve to win. Thanks Carol & Vic – appreciative customers.

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