Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2020 – Meet the winners

Celebrating Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses in 2020.

Best Afternoon Tea: Doddington Hall

Tea Room a winning success
Opened in June 2020, Doddington Hall’s light and airy Tea Room within the Elizabethan Coach House wedding venue and Secret Garden, offers customers a unique traditional tea experience within an elegant, historical setting.

“We set out to deliver a standalone afternoon tea venue and offer a real quality experience which was different from our other catering offers,” explains catering and events manager Andrew Lowley. “We always strive for the highest level of customer service and received many comments about the team and how delightful and helpful they are.

“Our brief to the chefs was to deliver a traditional afternoon tea with versions to suit all dietary requirements, while promoting our philosophy of home-made, seasonal, local and quality ingredients.

“Our chefs produce sensational food using our home-grown produce, including seasonal fruit, vegetables and salad from our Kitchen Garden; beef from our herd of Lincoln Red cattle, free-range eggs, game, honey and foraged produce from the estate.”

The Tea Room concept was derived from a need to protect the Doddington Hall team and to diversify from the wedding business during early Covid times.

“We pride ourselves on our food and hospitality so we adjusted the operation consistently in line with changes to the guidance, but we have always been a venue where guests can relax while feeling safe.

“The venue with views of the Hall, proved a great success through the summer. Our menus set out a traditional afternoon tea featuring most of the home-made sweet and savoury treats that had proved so successful in our farm shop and café. Our experienced wedding and events team developed the operation to the same philosophy previously delivered to our wedding clients.”

Doddington Hall’s popular Traditional Afternoon Tea menu includes a delicious selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam plus a selection of famous Doddington cakes and dainty sweet treats, all served on vintage style china.
The addition of the Savoury Afternoon Tea, including Hambleton’s pork pie, Wild Boar pâté and sourdough crisp, Cumberland scotch egg, Doddington game sausage roll, Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and micro salad, piccalilli and red onion chutney – with sweet treats to follow – is also a hit. There are delicious options among the Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten and Dairy Free choices too.
The new Children’s Afternoon Tea tempts younger visitors with a choice of sandwiches, cookies and cupcakes, crudités and crisps, while for an extra special treat, customers can add some sparkle with a glass of prosecco or favourite tipple from the bar.

“Winning the award meant a lot to the team as they have given so much to making this new venture a success. To be nominated for such a prestigious award was the icing on the cake of a very challenging, although enjoyable, summer.

“We’d like to thank our wonderful customers for all of their votes and support; it means so much to us. We’re passionate about supporting and championing local and we’re proud to win such a prestigious award in the very best of company!

“Looking ahead, we hope that the wedding venue will be back in use as soon as possible. Due to the overwhelming success of the tea room in 2020, we are currently looking at delivering a spring/summer afternoon tea offer in 2021, so watch this space!”

For more information visit www.doddingtonhall.com

Best Lincolnshire Staycation: Saltfleet Manor House

Luxury Manor House proves a hit
Since opening less than a year ago, John and Jean Parr, who own and run the boutique B&B Saltfleet Manor House near Louth, have built a reputation for offering five-star luxury with a warm welcome.

Having also been nominated in the Best Newcomer category, the couple were “over the moon” with their Best Staycation win.

“It’s given us an enormous boost, especially in what is such a difficult year for all businesses and helped us confirm that what we are doing is on the right track. In spite of going through the second lockdown, it’s also given us confidence looking forwards to next year,” says Jean, who moved into the Grade II listed house with husband John five years ago.

Having carefully planned the restoration of this historic house, Jean and John also engaged local landscape designers LDC of Louth to redesign the stunning walled garden and grounds.

Both grew up in east coast holiday towns; John spent his childhood in Mablethorpe, while Jean, whose family ran a 26-bed guesthouse, was raised in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth.

The Parrs spent many years running their successful manufacturing business before deciding to change tack to hospitality just a month before coronavirus struck.

“We opened our doors in February and had to shut down again in March, which was incredibly disappointing, but everyone was in the same boat,” says Jean. “When businesses were allowed to re-open on 4th July, we decided to wait a couple of weeks to see how things were going, check nearby eateries were open for our guests, and make sure we were fully compliant with Covid guidance.”

The couple pride themselves on offering the kind of staycation they would enjoy themselves and the added attractions of a swimming pool, hot tub and sumptuous guest rooms have proved a hit.

“We’ve worked hard to provide a warm, welcoming, comfortable and hopefully even luxurious environment for our guests and this seems to have been greatly appreciated,” says Jean, who has also undertaken extensive research into the history of the house which dates back to the 16th century. “We try to make it a very high standard, even though it is small and personal with just three rooms. Quality beds and bed linen, fresh towels, white tablecloths, nice china and cutlery, fresh flowers on the table and the best locally sourced ingredients for breakfast – these all add to the experience.”

They agree that the best part of running a B&B is meeting people from all walks of life and ensuring their stay is memorable.

“We have decorated the walls of the dining room with the history of the house, which is a great conversation starter – hearing everyone having a lovely time and chatting is wonderful.”

Subject to Covid guidelines, Saltfleet Manor House plans to reopen in February, in time for Valentine’s Day.

For more information visit www.saltfleetmanorhouse.co.uk

Best Dining Experience To Go: Healing Manor

New service a delicious experience
Having run a successful outside catering company for the past seven years as The Lincolnshire Chef, Steven Bennett and his talented team at Healing Manor, Grimsby, were prepared and ready to go right from the start of the first lockdown with the launch of The Lincolnshire Kitchen at Home.

The new service offers simple, tasty dishes seven days a week, as well as food for special occasions. Recently awarded his second AA Rosette, winning Business Person of the Year at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards, and granted Guild of Master Craftsman, Steven’s style of food embraces traditional French cooking, combined with modern dining and his ethos of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

The Lincolnshire Kitchen at Home is the perfect takeaway treat, featuring Pig & Whistle classics, inventive grazing boards, Sunday roasts and dessert boxes.

“We’ve tried to encourage online ordering over the past few months as this allows us to stick to a seasonal and local focus,” explains Steve. “If an ingredient falls out of season, it means our kitchen can quickly change dishes and what’s on offer to suit what’s available.”

Steven and his team are precise about ensuring that takeaway food is served hot.

“It’s been an interesting process to source packaging. Trying to find sustainable, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective wrapping which keeps food to a high standard has been tricky, especially when everything went out of stock as every other restaurant turned to takeaways on 5th November!”

The home service was launched on the back of a successful few months of takeaways.

“We’ve been offering takeaways since reopening in July and the plan is to keep going for the foreseeable.”

While the Lincolnshire Kitchen at Home serves classics such as Oscar Cleve’s beer battered haddock and chips, Lincoln Russet double cheeseburger, Lincolnshire sausage burger, Beef Bourguignon and Sunday roasts, it also launched grazing boxes, including a Brunch Grazing Box, full of delicious pastries, pancakes, yoghurts and Stokes Coffee.

Steven, who runs the business with his wife Charlotte, believes that lockdown has helped pull everyone together as a community.

“As much as our takeaway service became a weekly treat for hundreds of our customers, we worked very hard to ensure that our set-up was safe and welcoming. We turned our car park into a collection lot with allocated times so pick-ups became a part of people’s social life as it was a five-minute window to safely talk to someone and enjoy a slice of ‘pre-Covid normality’. We even had music playing to cheer everyone up – the whole process from booking to dining has to be an experience.

“Being able to offer the takeaway service from the day we went into lockdown 1 has not only helped support the business, but helped keep us sane too. It gave us day-to-day focus through some very difficult times.”

For more information visit www.healingmanorhotel.co.uk

Best Independent Farm or Local Shop: Williamsons Farm Shop

Family rally to serve the community
As a well established farming family, Craig Williamson, wife Sally and their two grown up children Ben and Charlotte, who works as shop manager, have built a reputation for supplying fresh quality produce grown with expertise and care over 1,000 acres just outside Gainsborough.

A fifth generation farmer, Craig took over the farm from his father Richard in 1990 and with the help of farmer’s daughter Sally, who grew up in Ufffington, near Stamford, has expanded the business into a popular open-air farm shop which offers around 85 different fruit and vegetables, including five varieties of potatoes, free range eggs and home-grown seasonal produce with the added attraction of petting goats and chickens.

“We opened the farm shop because we wanted to sell direct to customers, which cuts out the middleman and gives us a better return. When lockdown happened, we adapted very quickly to be able to cope and made sure we were very accessible, with cones to abide by social distancing, so customers felt safe,” says Craig.

“We stopped being a self-service shop, had staff on every day, shortened our opening times, changed the layout of our shop to make it more appealing and expanded our produce by listening to what our customers wanted. At the start of lockdown, it was extremely busy, which encouraged us to change our shop. The increased number of customers has been worthwhile meaning we are continuing in the same way.”

The farm shop, which has a five-star hygiene rating, also stocks local honey, crisps, flour, jam, chutney, ice lollies, as well as Sally’s delicious range of freshly home baked cakes, including fruit, chocolate, lemon drizzle and carrot cake, as well as chocolate brownies and tiffin.

Another popular attraction is the farm shop’s schoolroom, converted from a stable thanks to a grant from Natural England, which is used in non-Covid times for school visits, Cub, Beaver, Guides, Brownies and Rainbow groups as well as nursery trips.

“This room provides classroom activities to widen children’s knowledge of agriculture. We offer trips on a tractor and trailer around the farm so children can experience our farming process with their own eyes!

“Looking to next year, we plan to make the outside area to include more cover to ensure customers get the best experience possible.

“Winning this award meant so much to us all. We were shocked, excited and couldn’t believe it – we opened a bottle of champagne while Sally ran around the shop!”

For more information visit www.williamsonsfarm.co.uk/farm-shop

Best ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Experience: Puccinis

Inspired dishes win new diners
Situated in Silver Street in the centre of Coningsby, Puccinis was taken over by husband and wife duo Aaron and Angelika Ashmore, who teamed up to open their first restaurant together in November 2019.

Aaron spent many years in several top Michelin starred restaurants under chefs Gordon Ramsay, Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing perfecting his craft, while his wife worked as restaurant manager at The Ivy Group.

“Initially, the timing was quite difficult in terms of changing menus approaching Christmas and then in March lockdown happened so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind from the start, but we keep trying to do our best,” says Angelika.

Set in a relaxed, friendly and trendy environment, Puccinis aims to bring top quality food at reasonable prices, using fresh and seasonal produce, serving modern Italian inspired dishes that focus on flavour.

Hand-rolled pasta is made daily, as well as fresh flatbread dough, together with a variety of delicious home-made starters and desserts.

“We aim to provide high restaurant standards, serving the best quality food, with ease and convenience while offering different specials each week,” explains Aaron. “Dishes are cooked to order from scratch and ingredients can be swapped easily if requested. It’s simple comfort food packed with flavour, no frills, just blooming great food!”

The couple admit that when lockdown happened, they shared doubts, but “just knew we had to soldier on”.

“We devised a takeaway menu with best-sellers and remained consistent with weekly specials. Surprisingly, we got incredibly busy very quickly – sometimes you don’t realise just how much support there actually is out there!”

Initially the concept of takeaways was a bit of a challenge. “We learned as we went along, making sure our food boxes were well wrapped so nothing leaked. As we cook to order, we created 5-minute time slots for collection so the food doesn’t sit around – there’s satisfaction in knowing it’s the hottest and freshest we can make it.

“Surprisingly, we had a huge number of guests who came to try us for the first time and have now become regulars and continue to support us weekly. We also had a lot of regulars that came to us, often more than once a week. The support has been insane!”

Since winning, the couple have been overwhelmed by messages of congratulations.

“It has been a huge boost to morale and we’ve all felt a real sense of achievement. It’s not been an easy ride but we’ve changed and adapted so to know people love what we provide is an amazing feeling and made it all worthwhile.”

For more information visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/Puccinis39

Best Sweet Treat: The Garden Tea Room

A true team effort
Owned and run by Jade Hawkins since 2017, The Garden Tea Room in North Hykeham is a friendly award-winning café which takes pride in being part of the local community while delivering special afternoon teas, cakes, pastries and light bites.

“We’re not just a grab a coffee and go type place,” explains Jade. “We try to accommodate everyone as much as we can, hosting parties (when we’re allowed) and taking a genuine interest in our customers and their lives. We know when our regulars’ birthdays are and know about their families so for us everyone is special. Our aim is to offer a place of solace where everyone is welcome for a nice cup of tea or coffee, a slice of delicious home-made cake and a friendly chat.”

Jade, who was nominated and won Taste of Excellence Gold Citations in 2018 and 2019, spent five years developing her own recipes, starting in hospitality when she was 17 after a failed Army application.

“I can’t remember what made me think this is what I wanted to do, but couldn’t be without it now. I love everything about working in this industry; it’s definitely the hardest job I’ve had but also the most rewarding too!”

Jade launched her tearoom’s delivery and takeaway menu just after the Easter weekend last year.

“I felt it was the right time and that everyone deserved a treat and something to look forward to throughout the week. During this time the most popular item on our menu was most definitely our afternoon tea and the challenge of having to change the cakes daily and keep things interesting throughout was great.

“Our famous cheesecakes were certainly a hit too, with the newest flavour being our Pornstar Martini inspired cheesecake, as well as cider flavoured ones too.”

Through lockdown, the team at The Garden Tea Room strived to provide customers with an extra special service.

“If there’s something extra we can source for someone, we will do our best, including balloons, cards, baking a special cake for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, weddings and hen parties. We even had our first engagement takeaway afternoon tea, which was amazing, to be part of something so special.”

Jade pays tribute to her team, including mum Kim Farrier, barista Michala Dunn, Jack Wolley, Laura Cave, Amy Parker and husband Gary, who together with Auntie Lee helped with deliveries.

“Being nominated in four categories and winning this award was a true team effort and we all felt a bit overwhelmed, but it reaffirms that we are all doing the right thing that keeps us up there with the best – it’s the cherry on top of a really awful year.”

For more information visit www.gardentearoom.co.uk

Best Drinks Product: Five Fathoms Spirit

Special bond launched spirit
Launched in 2019 by its founder Emma Davison, Five Fathoms Spirit’s distillery is based near the Humber Estuary, where its signature Humber Dry Gin was created.

“The concept was to traditionally create spirits that reflect a journey across land and sea,” explains Emma, who having spent her childhood growing up on the Suffolk coast has always been inspired by her love of the sea.

“I offer a range of gins that attempt to capture the essence of the timeless flow of the tides and unite it with botanicals from across the globe.”

Emma’s own nautical adventures include surviving a severe storm off the shores of Tenerife at the age of 17 while crewing with her father on his 64ft ketch Spirit of St Nicholas for the first part of his journey to the Caribbean.

Not put off by this life-threatening episode, in her mid-20s, Emma flew out to Portland, Maine in the USA to join her father and spent three weeks crewing on the return journey across the Atlantic.

“I named the business Five Fathoms as I wanted to connect my spirits to the maritime history of the Humber Estuary and with my own history and bond with the sea. As a nautical measure of depth, fathom describes my gins perfectly and also pays homage to Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

“I’ve had a nomadic existence, having lived all over the country, but since living and setting up my business on the banks of the Humber, I finally feel at home.”

Emma, who previously worked for the Civil Service in London and in social care for Durham County Council, moved to North Ferriby with her husband Ben, a consultant at Castle Hill Hospital, and two children Isabel, 14, and Ollie, 11.

A gin lover since her university days, Emma describes her idea to create a bespoke range of new flavours as a “slow burn” which intensified over many years.

“Gin has always been my spirit of choice, even though my friends used to tease me and say it was ‘an old ladies’ drink’,” says Emma. “However, once the explosion in small batch distilleries began, I knew I wanted to be part of that revolution. I read everything I could, went on a course and bought my first small still and experimented with recipes over 12 months before ending up with a 300-litre one.”

Humber Dry Gin contains 12 carefully chosen botanicals, including Pink Peppercorn and Seaweed.

“I also have two fruit flavoured gins, Rhubarb and Star Anise and Blackcurrant and Black Pepper and launched a Cask Aged Gin for Christmas which has been quietly aging in a whisky barrel during the pandemic.

“My inspiration comes from flavours which I think will work together, especially when combined with exotic ingredients and more locally-grown produce. I also try to create flavours that are a little different to those already available.”

Running the business single-handed, Emma pays tribute to the support from her family.

“I’m the director, producer, labeller and bottler, but I couldn’t do it without my lovely family who are always right behind me with their support, encouragement and hands-on work when needed.

“Winning this award made me feel that I must be doing something right. People like what I do, keep coming back and took the trouble to vote, which speaks volumes.”

For more information visit www.fivefathoms.co.uk

Best Newcomer of the Year: Emily Page – Emz Bakz

Rising in confidence
At just 18 years old, Emily Page, who owns and runs her own bakery business, Emz Bakz in Sturton by Stow, is this year’s youngest winner.

Following on from winning last year’s Young Chef of the Year title, Emily says she has always been interested in food and baking.

“I have always been into baking from a young age when I was taught by grandma and Mum, who always had a passion for it.”

Emz Bakz, which Emily runs from her mum’s kitchen, offers a delicious assortment of bakes, from special celebration cakes, to goodie boxes with caramel shortbread, double choc-chip cookies, Biscoff fudge, brownies, Biscoff shortbread and Rocky Road, as well as tray bakes and different flavoured cupcakes too.

“I launched Emz Bakz in May when I became furloughed from work and began making cakes for friends and family who gave me the confidence to start my own business,” says Emily. “Now, I love it so much that even though I am back to work, I still bake between shifts.”

Emily’s creative culinary talents launched her on her path to success in the kitchen early on.

“At 16, I became an apprentice chef at The Cross Keys in Stow and in my first year trained as a commis chef before completing my apprenticeship with Distinctions. I am now completing my chef de partie level 3 apprenticeship. Since becoming a chef, I wouldn’t change my job and have been very fortunate to have found my dream job at such a young age as I love working in the hospitality sector.”

Since setting up Emz Bakz, Emily has also been awarded a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating which she was extremely proud to receive.

Emily launched her business using social media by creating a Facebook page for her business.

“I wanted people to see the type of bakes I was creating and the business grew through word of mouth and from amazing reviews. I’m always planning something new and love it when my customers ask if I can make something that I don’t advertise, or haven’t made before. When I first created Emz Bakz, I wanted people to taste what I enjoyed baking and eating, especially during lockdown, so customers could enjoy treats through these hard times.”

Since winning Best Newcomer, customer feedback has been overwhelming.

“From the day I shared the news of my win, I’ve loved reading all the lovely comments and I’m so grateful for all my customers’ support; it really means a lot and goes to show that all the time I put into everything is so worthwhile.

“I think customers voted for Emz Bakz because of the passion I have for everything I do at such a young age. I always aim high and want my customers to receive something amazing that has been baked with passion and enthusiasm so they say, ‘That was the best!’”

For more information go to Facebook.com/pages/category/Cupcake-Shop/Emz-Bakz-112944493730689/

Best Cakes or Bakes: Lady B’s Cupcakery

Adapting to the challenges of the year
Opened in 2013, June and Andy Brett’s Lady B’s Cupcakery in Mablethorpe is a haven for sweet treat devotees in search of delicious home-made cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, chocolate novelty gifts and much more.

June Brett, who won a Gold award in the wedding cake category at the prestigious Cake International in 2013 and another for her cupcakes the following year, says opening a tearoom realised an early childhood dream.

“That award opened up so much to our business and we became busier and busier as did the tearoom with increasing orders.

“Andy, who joined the business before we opened the shop, is also super talented and helps with the more demanding designs and making fabulous models, so it’s a real team effort and I couldn’t do it all without him.”

When Covid-19 struck, June and Andy made the decision to adapt their business, turning the focus to takeaways.

“The news of a global pandemic rocked my world,” says June. “I’m not ashamed to say my world crumbled and I lost count of how many times I cried trying to comprehend the enormity of the situation” says June.

“We weren’t expecting lockdown to happen when it did, so our fully booked Mother’s Day weekend was cancelled. However, there was no way a pandemic was taking my dream and we immediately put a plan into place offering Mother’s Day High Tea as a delivery service to help salvage our business.”

Together with their son Tom, who manages the shop, June and Andy set up an online store with a selection of freshly baked cakes, cheesecakes, scones, high teas and Ploughman’s.

“This was a saviour, pushing us to try new marketing tools and bringing new life into the business. We were so well supported and it was amazing that our customers adapted with us, embracing the new online store and feeling safe that we were doing our best to offer a new way of trading. This shows that we are never too old to adapt and fight for what we love!”

Lady B’s Cupcakery, which is also a wholesale supplier supporting three other local businesses, reopened in June with the new Covid guidelines in place.

“We’re only a small tearoom and lost 13 seats, so weren’t sure if it was going to be viable, but we were determined to fight and keep the dream alive.

“Our small team have been even more amazing this year, adapting and working harder than ever and we couldn’t be more proud of them all.

“Being nominated in three categories and winning the Best Cakes or Bakes award has been incredible and has made my year. We feel truly blessed to have so many loyal and incredible customers that love all that we do.”

For more information visit www.ladybs.co.uk

Best Community Food or Shopping Service: Gelston Lamb

Sustainably farmed lamb delivered to the door
We wanted to know who had risen to the challenge to serve their community during the pandemic and the team at Gelston Lamb more than delivered on quality of produce and customer service.

Husband and wife team Chris and Louise Elkington, who have two daughters – Imogen, 5, and Eleanor, 3 – met through Young Farmers in 2008. The family have 560 breeding ewes on 145 acres at Gelston near Grantham. Their mission is to encourage the nation to Eat Better Meat so it’s a priority for customers to know meat provenance which is sustainably farmed.

“Our lamb is born and raised on our small farm in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside,” explains Chris.

“It’s butchered on the farm by ourselves making it 100% traceable and a true Farm to Fork experience, and hung for 7-10 days which increases its depth of flavour and tenderness.

“Our customers follow us on social media where we show the day-to-day running of our farm and how our lamb is produced.”

Gelston Lamb, which launched in 2014, earned its reputation for outstanding catering at events such as Lincolnshire County Show, Rutland County Show and Burghley Game Fair, and now offers a local home delivery service, plus a contactless click and collect option.

“Home delivery was extremely popular during the first lockdown as many people who were shielding were still able to buy quality produce – both in small packs and individually – delivered to their door. When lockdown was first announced, we thought we might be twiddling our thumbs, but this has definitely not been the case and it’s been wonderful to be able to supply so many lovely customers.

“Some people had tried our lamb at events and others had bought whole and half lamb boxes in the past, but the majority found us during lockdown and have continued to buy lamb from us regularly. Many say they would never buy lamb from anywhere else, which is all a producer can ask for.”

Gelston Lamb also courier their wide selection of produce, which includes all cuts of lamb, three types of sausages and aptly named bacon nationwide in Woolcool insulation and reusable packaging.

“Our customers frequently say that our lamb reminds them of ‘how meat used to taste’ and we believe this is because we do things in a sustainable way, far from the intensely farmed commercial produce you would find in modern supermarkets.

“We were so thrilled to have been nominated and make the top 10, but to have won has really made our year. It’s been a difficult year for many businesses and we have been so lucky that we have been able to diversify from catering to selling our lamb direct to the public and offering a home delivery service. This award has been like the cherry on the cake for the Gelston Lamb team.”

For more information visit www.gelstonlamb.co.uk

Best Community Food or Shopping Service – Nominee: Nice & Naughty Café Bistro

Double award winners
Nicky Brooksbank and the team at Nice & Naughty Café Bistro on Queen Street, Market Rasen have been overwhelmed by the recognition they have received for their services to the local community during and since Lockdown 1. The business is a Top Ten Nominee in the Lincolnshire Life ‘Taste of Excellence’ Awards 2020 in the Best Community Food or Shopping Service category.

“Our community meal delivery service is still in operation,” said Nicky, “and is greatly appreciated, especially by older residents and in turn we appreciate the support we are receiving to help the business survive these very difficult times for hospitality.”

Nicky launched a takeaway service in the spring which continues to make breakfast deliveries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday lunches are a firm local favourite. The café bistro is instantly recognisable on Queen Street by its Art Deco inspired facade and colourful window displays.

“It has been an amazing few weeks because not only were we notified about the Lincolnshire Life award but we also won Central England Prestige Awards 2020 Café Bistro of the Year. To have so many people making these nominations on our behalf is a wonderful morale boost for myself and the team.”

2020 does continue to be a challenge though, especially as Nice & Naughty relies on a normally busy pre-Christmas period to get them through January and February.

“I would like to ask people to continue to love their local high street and especially the hospitality sector. Spending your money with an independent, family business does make a big difference.”

Nicky’s menus offer a wide variety of choices, lovingly cooked with local produce and you can find all the information about what is on offer on their Facebook page or call 07726 224890.

Readers of Lincolnshire Life can order an Afternoon Tea for Two for £9 (normally £18) which can be eaten in or taken away. The tea must be pre-ordered and a copy of the January 2020 issue of Lincolnshire Life shown.

Nice & Naughty Café Bistro,31 Queen Street, Market Rasen LN8 3EN

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