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Welcome to Lincolnshire Life’s twentieth annual Taste of Excellence Food & Drink Awards. Our awards celebrate the best in food, drink and hospitality from across the county. Now is your chance to vote for your favourite eateries in the county, In particular we are looking for establishments which promote Lincolnshire food and source their ingredients locally.

After the fantastic feedback we’ve received over the last few years we have once again increased the number of categories we are awarding this year to fourteen.

This year you can vote in the following categories:

Restaurant of the Year
Nominate a restaurant in Lincolnshire which you believe offers the best dining experience including food, décor and service.

Dining Pub of the Year
Nominate your favourite dining pub in Lincolnshire which has a separate dining area alongside the bar area. We are looking for fantastic menus, atmosphere and service.

Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year
Cakes or coffee, tea or toast, which is your favourite café, tea or coffee house in Lincolnshire?

Farm Shop of the Year
We are looking for nominations for Farm Shops which offer a great selection of high quality local produce and products, good value for money and exceptional service.

Confectioner or Baker of the Year
Glorious gateaux, wedding cakes, chocolate creations or the finest breads and pastries. Who do you wish to nominate in this mouth watering category?

Wedding Venue of the Year
Venues large and small across Lincolnshire offer glorious settings, exceptional food and experienced staff to ensure your special day is filled with wonderful moments and memories. Tell us of your experience and nominate your favourite venue.

Producer of the Year
Nominate a food or drink producer based in Lincolnshire who is outstanding in not only the quality of their product but who epitomises the innovation and promotion of our bountiful county.

Pub or Bar of the Year
Nominate licensed establishments who make you equally welcome whether you call in just for a drink or enjoy food served in their bar area as well.

Hotel of the Year
Nominate your favourite Lincolnshire Hotel which offers exceptional accommodation, cuisine and facilities as well as an outstanding guest experience.

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
We are looking for nominations for outstanding accommodation in the city or the country where you self cater.

Bed & Breakfast of the Year
There is a wealth of bed & breakfast providers who make a home from home for visitors to Lincolnshire. Nominate your favourite for their comfort, quality, outstanding breakfast and warm welcome.

Lincolnshire’s Champion
Who goes the extra mile to make an outstanding contribution to the food, drink or hospitality sector in Lincolnshire. It could be a barman, farmer, waiter, chef or business person. Make your nomination.

Closing date 22nd September 2017
This autumn we will also be hosting our Chef of the Year sponsored by Freshtime and Young Chef of the Year sponsored by The Cross Keys Restaurant.

Lincolnshire is famous for its fantastic food and drink and we are looking to recognise chefs who create menus using locally sourced products. Our judges will be scrutinising entries so you can use as much flair and imagination as possible. We will be inviting the top five chefs to our cook-off to create their menu for a panel of judges.

This year’s competition will take place on Tuesday 17th October at College Hall, RAF Cranwell.

Please call Katrina Burrill on 01522 527127 for full details on how to enter.

All the winners and runners-up will be announced at our Lincolnshire Life Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards Ceremony in November.

You can vote in one or all of the categories. Voting can be done by downloading our voting form here and returning to our offices, using the online form below or by on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Nominations close on 31st August 2017

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  1. Charlotte April 05, 2017

    I have dined at the The Grille at the White Hart Hotel a number of times and the staff have always been very pleasant and welcoming and the food has always been amazing.

  2. Andi Scott April 06, 2017

    Paul and Wendy Seabrook at Caxton House in Skegness offer award winning cuisine and always go the extra extra mile to deliver excellent service, and comfortable very well priced accommodation. Nothing is too much trouble.
    I’ve had the pleasure of staying there a few times, and they are the reason I keep going back to Skegness.

  3. PETER APPLETON April 06, 2017

    We had meal at Gurkha Square Grantham it was Brilliant Food and Service, It is best restaurant in east midland

  4. Christine Taylor April 11, 2017

    We dine at the Cross Keys Restaurant at Stow regularly because the food is always delicious also Hayley and the staff are always really warm and welcoming and always makes time to have a chat with you

  5. Simone Barr April 28, 2017

    I’ve dined and stayed in the Advocate on a few occasions now and every time I’ve visited I’ve found it to be a warm, inviting and comforting experience. The service and friendliness of the staff is second to none, and the menu is delightful as well as reasonably priced. Being a coeliac it’s important to me that I can eat safely whilst dining out, and this is no problem ever. The food quality and presentation is always beautiful and deliciously cooked. A must visit!

  6. Stuart Hall May 01, 2017

    I have eaten at Gurkha Square Grantham many times, it has become my favourite place to eat, and a good reason to visit Grantham.
    They serve a good variety of Nepalese and Indian dishes which taste so wonderful, I can honestly say that I have NEVER been disappointed with the cuisine and service.
    My friends and I very much look forward to our visit, nothing is too much trouble for the staff, and the food is amazing,
    The place always looks immaculately clean and tidy, and they always have a smile to welcome their customers, it is a very special place to visit and deserves your best award

  7. L. Freeman May 12, 2017

    Had several amazing ! cakes for various children’s parties a variety of themes the latest one is a Pug unbelievable!
    One stop cake shop you are Fab you get my vote every time

  8. Denise Cross May 15, 2017

    Catherine is creating my daughters wedding cake which is not your normal run of the mill wedding cake, She has come up with an amazing design and every time we visit we sample some of the wonderful sponges and local produce she uses in her baking.

  9. Karen May 16, 2017

    Madame Waffle is a wonderful place to be. The staff are brilliant. I was there when a member of staff took a customer’s baby and rocked and talked to him so that the mum could finish her meal in peace. If that’s not going the extra mile, I don’t know what is. The food is superb.

  10. Charley Baldwin May 17, 2017

    I have dined at the Red Lion in Digby on a number of occasions. The food and drink are excellent, the staff are attentive and polite and the décor is superb.

  11. Mark June 01, 2017

    Appetites in Sleaford is a fantastic coffee shop and sandwich bar that I visit regularly.

    They have a lot of home made food which tastes delicious and the service is very friendly! The staff are a credit to the owner!

    The sandwiches are the best I have ever tasted and I know a lot of people agree with me. The service is personal the prices are reasonable and I would visit every day for my lunch if I lived closer!

  12. Jack June 10, 2017

    We’ve been several times to Gurkha Square Restaurant Grantham. Always Excellent food and service, it is best fine dining Restaurant in East Midlands. Go and try, tasty, awesome, mouth watering.

  13. KATIE GOODE June 10, 2017

    We went to Gurkha Square Restaurant Grantham on Banquet Night it was delicious and great value for money.

  14. SARAH DAVIES June 14, 2017

    We’ve been to Gurkha Square Restaurant Grantham, It was excellent food and service, perfect decor, recommended to everyone

  15. M Watkins June 16, 2017

    We’ve been to Gurkha Square Restaurant many time always Lovely Service with smile and great atmosphere with fantastic tasting food. probably best restaurant in east midlands.

  16. Alan Roberts June 16, 2017

    We have been to Gurkha Square Restaurant, Grantham today. Excellent food, great service, it’s our favourite place to eat out. We highly recommend it.

  17. Alison Green June 19, 2017

    The Railway Tavern in Aby always go that much further for us by making exactly what mother wants as she has Alzheimer’s and can be very difficult. Not only that, I never have to remind them about my food allergies, they have made a note and remembered since the first time we ate there which was over five years ago!

  18. Jennie Brimmell June 19, 2017

    We have been going to The Railway Tavern Aby for many a year,  we have always been made welcome, the food is homemade and you get plenty of it. I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal there. It’s a comfy, clean pub with a good choice of drinks. Nothing is ever too much trouble. We do consider the Jacklin family dear friends. They also raise money for charity every year. Raising £1000’s.

  19. Helen Throssell June 20, 2017

    I love going to the Railway Tavern in Aby. It’s a bit of a drive for us but well worth it. The owners are such friendly people and the food is amazing, proper home cooked food. Nothing is too much trouble for Keith, Dawn and Holly.

  20. Angela large June 20, 2017

    Ye old red lion is a fabulous establishment and never disappoints us.

  21. Linda Young June 23, 2017

    Have stayed many times at the Advocate Arms,  all the rooms are beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. We dine thee regularly even though it is 75 miles away from our home. The food is always of an excellent standard, quality products, cooked perfectly and presented well. The staff are well trained and on the ball. They all have excellent customer service skills. A superb place, a real gem.

  22. Jack June 23, 2017

    We have been Gurkha Square Restaurant Grantham, It is one of the best Restaurant in East Midlands. Recommended to everyone, fantastic food and excellent service with peaceful atmosphere.

  23. BRAIN MORLEY June 25, 2017

    We regularly go to Gurkha Square Grantham. Lovely Restaurant, Beautiful people and tasty food.

  24. LT.COR.G.BROOKS June 28, 2017

    We had fantastic food and excellent service at GURKHA SQUARE RESTAURANT GRANTHAM. It is the best Restaurant of the Year 2017.

  25. Barbara Craven June 30, 2017

    Ivy Farm shop and restaurant at Swineshead is a new venture and what a wonderful venue it is too. Friendly staff with smiling faces and the food is excellent. Homemade fayre and cakes to die for. A lovely butchery department, excellent fruit and vegetables and all the things a good farm shop would sell. Try one of their gin tasting evenings….they are brilliant but you need to book in advance. A new decking area has just been completed for the summer and it looks lovely. A lovely venue and I’d recommend the lasagne followed by butterscotch tart….yummy!

  26. kaz jardine July 01, 2017

    Have used Ivy Farm Shop for the 4 years I have been in the village - The produce is always of the highest quality. Service and help always available with willingness - courteous and great smiles and friendly chat - nothing is ever too much trouble - the premises kept beautifully clean and tidy. With the addition of further ‘counters’ ie Butchers and restaurant frozen foods - takes tis farm shop to the top of my list - good luck ‘Ivy’

  27. Peter Hall July 02, 2017

    Gurkha Square Grantham, Fabulous Taste of Excellence 2017. Always great food and Service.

  28. Steve July 04, 2017

    We been Gurkha Square Restaurant Grantham with my colleagues last Friday group from Grantham Hospital. It was Brilliant food and Service can’t compare to other Restaurant. Highly recommended probably best Restaurant in East Midlands.

  29. Jon Dent July 04, 2017

    The Hope & Anchor consistently provides a tremendously warm and friendly welcome to all its customers that goes way beyond the normal expectations. When we go there we always feel like we are getting the VIP treatment.
    It is the only country pub I’ve ever heard of that when you ring up to book a table the head chef comes on the line to discuss how he can tailor make a meal of your choice to suit your needs to make your stay there that bit more memorable and the food is outstanding, breathtaking!!! Sumptuously aged and seasoned meats, beautifully cooked and their game is to die for. Everything is locally sourced and sensitive to the seasons. This chef is an artist and runs his business in an inclusive and family like atmosphere. The Hope & Anchor is the King of pubs and the rooms are super luxurious too!!!

  30. Mariyana July 06, 2017

    The Hope & Anchor pub and Winteringham Fields are just amazing.

  31. Sam July 09, 2017

    We prefer one of the best restaurant in Grantham (Gurkha Square) always great Food and excellent Service as well nice interior. Probably best restaurant in East Midlands.

  32. Dianne July 13, 2017

    Minting Park Farm. Henry, James & Steph breed and supply fabulous beef, pork and lamb. Takes us back to how meat used to taste when we were young and the long summer days were sunny and warm and it always snowed at Christmas. Fantastic sausages and burgers too. We wouldn’t go anywhere else.

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