Launching Lincolnshire Life’s 28th annual food awards

Lincolnshire Life is delighted to announce that nominations for the 2024 Taste of Excellence Awards are now open. You can place your vote by scrolling to bottom of this page.

Each year we celebrate the fantastic food, drink and hospitality businesses on your doorstep, the newcomers as well as the established names.

We know the recognition these awards provide makes a substantial impact on local businesses and we have another spectacular Awards Night planned for November where we cannot wait to welcome our nominees and spotlight their achievements.

We are asking you, customers and connoisseurs of the best eateries, hospitality venues, pubs, bars and venues to send in your nominations for businesses across the county, between May and August. We are especially interested to hear your reasons for nominating your heroes, favourites, and those who excel in their field. Our judges will be out in the autumn making their assessment of the highest nominated businesses.

To submit your nominations please use the voting form inserted in this issue or vote online at:

Additional nomination forms can be downloaded here TOFE_NOMINATION_FORM _2024. Forms can be emailed to: or posted to: Taste of Excellence, Lincolnshire Life Magazine, 9 Checkpoint Court, Sadler Road, Lincoln LN6 3PW. Closing date for nominations: 31st August 2024.

Categories (You may nominate in any or all of the categories shown):
• Best Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Batemans Brewery
• Best Dining Pub of the Year – sponsored by Sleaford Quality Foods
• Best Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year – sponsored by Lincolnshire Life Magazine
• Best Farm or Local Shop of the Year – sponsored by Dexter & Sharpe
• Best Food to your Door (including Street Food and Caterers) – sponsored by Good Taste Lincolnshire
• Best Bakes or Sweet Treat of the Year
• Best Drinks Product of the Year – sponsored by The Drill
• Best Producer of the Year – sponsored by Allen Signs
• Best Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Discover Lincolnshire
• Best Wedding Venue of the Year – sponsored by Ruby & Co
• Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year
• Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year – sponsored by Skendleby Hall
• Best Newcomer of the Year
• Rising Star of the Year

Staging Taste of Excellence 2024 would not be possible without the support of our fantastic sponsors. We welcome three new sponsors this year.

Batemans Brewery are sponsors for the Best Restaurant of the Year award; Skendleby Hall will be sponsoring the Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year award, and Allen Signs are sponsors for the Awards Plaques and Best Producer of the Year. We say a huge thank you for the continued support and sponsorship from our friends at Dexter & Sharpe, sponsors of the Best Farm or Local Shop award, and Sleaford Quality Foods, sponsors of Best Dining Pub of the Year.

We are working once again with the amazing Ruby Adds and her team at Ruby & Co, who will be creating the beautiful Awards Night decoration at The Drill, Lincoln in November as well as sponsoring the Best Wedding Venue of the Year category.

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors for your continued support of Taste of Excellence.

Dexter & Sharpe
Dexter & Sharpe provides a comprehensive range of services including accountancy, audit, business advisory and tax compliances. With offices across Lincolnshire, they offer jargon-free practical advice which is not only accurate but tailored to your needs.

Sleaford Quality Foods
Sleaford Quality Foods are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of ingredients to the manufacturing and foodservice/catering industries. The company specialises in the supply of dried and dehydrated food products including herbs, spices, seasonings, vegetables, fruits, pulses and several other core ingredients. With advanced production, new product development, blending and technical facilities, the company offers unrivalled levels of service and quality to their customers nationwide.

The Lincolnshire family business, set up in 1968 by William and Betty Arnold, is currently headed up by their son James and is a leading local employer with around 120 staff.

Ruby & Co Events
Ruby Adds of Ruby & Co Events has a beautiful collection of vintage crockery and glassware, crisp white table linen and a selection of furniture and props available to hire.

With a passion for design work and a love of seasonal flowers, she enjoys working directly with couples to create stunning floral designs for their bridal party, church, reception venue and outdoor space. Ruby has years of experience as a venue manager and wedding planner, so if you would like a wedding industry professional to assist you with planning your special day, do get in touch.

The Drill
The Drill is a multi-purpose arts and entertainment centre at the heart of the city of Lincoln. The venue hosts industry leading productions, encompassing national touring acts, as well as embracing numerous community projects.

Their programme blends a mix of art forms, home-grown and international work, professional and community artists, challenging and popular work into a year-round programme of music, comedy and theatre performances and shows that will delight and inspire audiences. The Drill is owned and run by Lincoln College.

Batemans Brewery
2024 marks the 150th anniversary of Batemans Brewery. Batemans has been an independent, family business since its foundation by George Bateman alongside the River Steeping in Wainfleet in 1874.

Through both good and challenging times, the continuity of family leadership has steered Batemans from small beginnings to today’s ownership of 51 public houses and national recognition of their ‘Good Honest Ales’.

Skendleby Hall
Skendleby Hall, located in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, caters for bespoke holidays, weddings, private celebrations and corporate events and is now under the new ownership of Adrian Thornton.

People can book exclusive use of the Hall for their family and friends, to combine a special occasion with a holiday in beautiful countryside. There is also a programme of forthcoming events including courses and a Supper Club. Adrian and his team welcome clients who wish to view the Hall for wedding and holiday bookings for 2024 and beyond.

Allen Signs
Allen Signs is an established family run business celebrating over 50 years of experience within the signage industry. The vision they started out with in 1965 set the foundations for the continuous growth and development which has allowed them to maintain the highest levels of service and product quality.

Allen Signs provides a complete sign, display and vehicle livery solution from concept and design through to final installation and maintenance.

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