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Lincolnshire Life magazine has been promoting the best in food, drink and hospitality for over two decades. Each year we receive over 13,000 nominations for venues throughout the county across fourteen categories including:
Restaurant of the Year
Dining Pub of the Year
Pub or Bar of the Year
Farm Shop of the Year
Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year
Hotel of the Year
Wedding Venue of the Year
Lincolnshire’s Champion
Self Catering Property of the Year
Bed & Breakfast of the Year
Producer of the Year
Chef of the Year
Young Chef of the Year
Baker or Confectioner of the Year

Nominations open on the 1st April and close on the 31st August. Voting can be done through our website or through our nomination form which can be found inside your copy of Lincolnshire Life Magazine or by downloading through our website.

TASTE OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2017
Lincolnshire Life’s Taste of Excellence Awards 2017 took place on Thursday 2nd November at The Engine Shed in Lincoln. 300 guests were welcomed from across the county’s food, drink and hospitality sectors and the spotlight was firmly on the stars of today and the talent to watch in the future.

Awards were made in fourteen categories, with guests joining in this year’s theme – Hollywood and the Oscars – bringing plenty of glitz and glamour to Lincoln for the evening.  We must thank Lincs FM’s director of programming, Sean Dunderdale, who was our compere for the evening. Sean kept our guests well entertained introducing live music from Michael Courtney and The DreamBelles throughout the night. The large stage screens showed Oscar winning film clips though the decades and Scunthorpe based business Ray of Light supplied the ‘Hollywood’ illuminated letters which brought the whole theme to life. Dinner was a delicious three-course meal served by Steven Bennett, The Lincolnshire Chef and his team.

After the main course, our guest speaker Karen Jobling, CEO of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, gave a valuable insight into the work of the doctors and air crew. A raffle drawn on the night raised £1,600 for the charity. We would like to thank all the businesses who kindly donated prizes to help us support this fantastic cause.

Taste of Excellence is a consumer led competition which would not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors and of course customers across the county who nominate their favourite businesses and venues. Our thanks to you all.

PUB OR BAR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SMALL BEER
This award looks at the ‘wet’ sales from bars and pubs across the county. The judges were looking for the quality of the offer available and the knowledge of the staff.

WINNER
The Red Lion, Digby.
FINALISTS
Bar 67, The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln and The Royal Oak, Aubourn.
GOLD CITATIONS
The Cardinal’s Hat, Lincoln; The Coach and Horses, Hemingby; Dambusters Inn, Scampton; The Eden Wine Bar & Brasserie, Grantham; The Hope & Anchor, South Ferriby; The Livesey Arms, Ludborough; Prince of Wales Inn, Lincoln; Room Bar at The White Hart Hotel, Lincoln; The Tap & Tonic, Grantham; The White Horse, Baston.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY HOUSE OF TOWNEND
Our Restaurant of the Year category looks at venues which are offering exceptional customer service, promoting the use of local produce and offering guests a fine dining experience.

WINNER
The Advocate Arms, Market Rasen.
FINALISTS
Gurkha Square, Grantham and The Old Bakery, Lincoln.
GOLD CITATIONS
Carre Arms Hotel, Sleaford; Comfy Duck at the Oaklands Hall Hotel, Laceby; The Eden Wine Bar & Brasserie, Grantham; Harbour Lights, Lincoln; Olé Olé, Lincoln; The Queen’s Head Inn & Restaurant, Kirkby La Thorpe; Reform at The Castle Hotel, Lincoln; Serendipity at The Priory Hotel, Louth; Washingborough Hall Hotel, Washingborough;
Winteringham Fields, Winteringham.

DINING PUB OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY LINCS FM
The dining pub category looks at venues where food service is available alongside a separate bar area. The judges are looking for fantastic menus, atmosphere and service.

WINNER
The Hope & Anchor, South Ferriby.
FINALISTS
The Cross Keys Inn, Stow; The White Horse, Baston.
GOLD CITATIONS
The Barley Mow, Friskney; The Bell at Coleby, Coleby; Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill; The Coach and Horses Inn, Hemingby; The Green Man, Norton Disney; The Hare & Hounds, Fulbeck; Railway Tavern, Aby; The Red Lion, Digby; Village Limits Country Pub, Restaurant and Motel, Woodhall Spa; Ye Olde Red Lion, Bicker.

FARM SHOP OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY LINCOLNSHIRE SHOWGROUND
The Farm Shop of the Year category looks for farm shops which offer a great selection of high quality local produce and products, good value for money and exceptional service.

WINNER
Ivy’s Farm Shop, Swineshead.
FINALISTS
Minting Park Farm, Gautby and Poplar Farm Shop, Sutton on Sea.
GOLD CITATIONS
Abbey Parks, East Heckington; Alvingham Farm Shop, Alvingham; Doddington Hall Farm Shop, Doddington; Farmer Browns, Huttoft; Manor Farm Shop, Leasingham; Pinchins Farm Shop, Algarkirk; Redhill Farm Shop, Sutton-on-Sea; Sunnyside Up, Market Rasen; Syston Farm Shop, Belton; Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham.

BED AND BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY L J FAIRBURN AND SON LIMITED
The bed and breakfast award looks for accommodation providers who go above and beyond to provide their guests with exceptional service, whilst also looking for the use of local ingredients.

WINNER
The Elm Tree, Hundleby.
FINALISTS
Bridleway Bed & Breakfast, Lincoln and The Hope & Anchor, South Ferriby.
GOLD CITATIONS
Beach Lodge Hotel, Mablethorpe; Cathedral View Guest House, Lincoln; Creston Villa, Lincoln; The Grange Bed & Breakfast, East Barkwith; Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage, Woodhall Spa; The March Hare, Market Rasen; The Red House, Grantham; Travellers Bed & Breakfast, Louth; Wold View House, Market Rasen; B&B Yarborough, Lincoln.

SELF CATERING VENUE OF THE YEAR
For this award our judges were looking at the overall experience from the property, with the quality of the finishes and the local information provided.

WINNER
Glebe Farm Holiday Cottages, Scampton.
FINALISTS
Ingoldmells Holidays, Ingoldmells and Manor House Stables, Marton.
GOLD CITATIONS
Bainvalley Cottages, Hemingby; Elms Farm Cottages, Hubberts Bridge; Forge and Smithy Holiday Cottages, Tunby Woodside; The Grange, East Barkwith; Lincoln Holiday Homes, Fen Farm, Lincoln; Rural Roosts, Stainfield; Scampton Retreats, Scampton; Steep Retreat, Lincoln; The Granary, Digby.

HOTEL OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY DARRON CHILDS PRACTICE
This award looks at the exceptional accommodation, cuisine and facilities as well as the outstanding guest experience offered by our county’s hotel providers.

The Darron Childs Practice is a wealth management and financial planning consultancy based at Lea, Gainsborough. 

Clients interested in heritage are assured a warm welcome when visiting The Lindens, as the DCP office was once the ancestral Dower House to the Anderson Family of Lea, from the 1600s to the early 20th century. In recent years the Practice has gently expanded.

The Practice advice team consists of Darron Childs, who has extensive charity and trustee experience having been a former Ecclesiastical Financial Consultant; Michael Jones who specialises in individual and business owner planning and Angela Davy-Makwana who joined the Practice from HSBC Premier. 

DCP provide full coverage throughout the county and have clients throughout the UK. DCP also has its own in-house Client Experience Team led by Alice Denton, which prides itself on providing a high level personal service for clients.

The Practice’s core service is investment strategy and advice for individuals, business owners and trustees.

The Practice currently manages around £70m of global investments on behalf of 500 clients and works with some of the most talented investment managers in the world.

The Darron Childs Practice are pleased to sponsor the Hotel of the Year category in the Lincolnshire Life Taste of Excellence Awards.

WINNER
Best Western Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth.
FINALISTS
Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Broughton; Washingborough Hall Hotel, Washingborough.
GOLD CITATIONS
Advocate Arms, Market Rasen; Angel and Royal, Grantham; Belton Woods, Belton; Carre Arms Hotel, Sleaford; Eden House Hotel, Grantham; George Hotel, Stamford; The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln; The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa; The Priory Hotel, Louth; Supreme Inns, Bicker.

WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY LINDSEY JAMES LADIESWEAR
The Wedding Venue of the Year category looked for the exceptional wedding service provided by the venues from the initial point of contact through to the service and reception. It looks at the use of local produce and the team members.

WINNER
Washingborough Hall Hotel, Washingborough.
FINALISTS
Oaklands Hall Hotel, Laceby; Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.
GOLD CITATIONS
Allington Manor, Grantham; DoubleTree by Hilton, Lincoln; Dower House Hotel, Woodhall Spa; Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, Broughton; Granary Wedding Barns, Elms Farm Cottages, Hubberts Bridge; Hemswell Court, Hemswell; Market Rasen Racecourse, Market Rasen; The Priory Hotel, Louth; The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln; White Hart Hotel, Lincoln.

TEA OR COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY THE LINCOLN TEA & COFFEE COMPANY
The judges in this category were looking for exceptional service, use of local produce, and the quality of the menus available.

WINNER
Coffee Bobbins, Lincoln.
FINALISTS
Leadeham Teahouse, Leadenham; Sylv’s Coffee Shop and Café, Heckington.
GOLD CITATIONS
Belton Garden Centre, Grantham; Bunty’s Tea Room, Lincoln; Minting Park Farm, Gautby; Myers Café, Horncastle; The Old Pottery Tea Room, Wrangle; The Picture Café, Grantham; The Secret Garden Tearooms, Welton; Stokes High Bridge Café, Lincoln;Tillbridge Tastery, Sturton By Stow; The Vintage Tearooms, Tealby.

CHEF OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY FRESHTIME
Our Chef of the Year competition was introduced in 2015. Our sponsors and judges look forward to this category as they get to spend an afternoon sampling fine food from some of the county’s best chefs. Some of the choices on this year’s menu included twice baked Lincolnshire Poacher cheese soufflé, Guinea fowl with a celeriac soubise, chargrilled rabbit loin with confit leg and ham spring roll, Lincolnshire Wolds lamb loin and a honey and whiskey sponge served with an iced blackcurrant parfait.

Our judging panel consisted of Fiona Frossell, Commercial Director, Freshtime, Air Commodore Peter Squires, Commandant RAF College Cranwell, SAC Georgia Lee, RAF Cranwell, Rachel Green, Celebrity Chef and Caroline Bingham, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Life Magazine.

WINNER
Mark Cheseldine, Washingborough Hall Hotel, Washingborough.
FINALISTS
Adrian Roj, ISS Catering RAF Cranwell; Josh Kelly, The Advocate Arms, Market Rasen; Lloyd Pickering, The Cross Keys Restaurant, Stow; Simon Hibberd, The Castle Hotel, Lincoln.

BAKER OR CONFECTIONER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY GRANGE SPA
The Baker or Confectioner of the Year award promotes the best in home and commercial baking throughout the county. It recognises the need for new and innovate products as well as championing the use of local produce.

WINNER
Lady B’s Cupcakery, Mablethorpe.
FINALISTS
Angelic Delights, Ruskington and Celebration Cakes by Carol, North Willingham.

LINCOLNSHIRE’S CHAMPION OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SOPER BMW OF LINCOLN
Lincolnshire’s Champion recognises those companies and individuals who are championing the best Lincolnshire has to offer across the food, drink and hospitality market. The award also recognises those who work closely with the local community.

Soper BMW of Lincoln are extremely proud to have been part of the Lincolnshire Life Magazine Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2017 and to have sponsored the Lincolnshire’s Champion award.

We would like to say huge congratulations to Gary Simpson from Simpson’s Butchers on winning the award.

Soper BMW of Lincoln, based at Roman Way, North Hykeham, Lincoln are your authorised local BMW and MINI retailer who understand that the needs of BMW and MINI drivers are highly specialised and individual; that’s why we are confident that we have the expertise and knowledge to help in every possible way.

We have many strings to our bow, including Sales, Service, Parts, Corporate, Customer Service Department as well as other ‘behind the scenes’ departments. 

Soper BMW of Lincoln is based on the A46. We are a BMWi and M Power dealer. Here we can MOT, service and repair your BMW. Soper BMW are Motability accredited.

For any queries regarding BMW & MINI please contact the dealership on 01522 690000.

WINNER
Gary Simpson, Simpson’s Butchers.
FINALISTS
Mary Davenport, Cote Hill Cheese and Sylv’s Meals on Wheels, Heckington.

YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY THE CROSS KEYS STOW
This was the fourteenth year we have hosted the Young Chef category. The competition is open to college students and chefs under the age of 25 and this year the cook-off was hosted by Grimsby Institute. The menus included stuffed roast chicken with feta cheese and spinach stuffing, with plum Eton mess for dessert; roast loin of venison with fondant potato followed by coffee and chocolate semifreddo with stem ginger flapjack; and pan seared duck breast with duck leg croquette, with apple flapjack with bramble panna cotta as dessert. The judging panel included Dan and Hayley Wallis of The Cross Keys and Caroline Bingham.

WINNER
John Brinded, The Advocate Arms.
FINALISTS
James Faulkner, Oaklands Hall Hotel, Tiegan Marshall and Monika Grycan, Grimsby Institute.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY JHWALTER
This award recognises local producers whose passion for Lincolnshire produce is at the heart of their business. It’s open to all producers who demonstrate a real passion for our county’s food and drink.

JHWalter LLP provides property, business, planning and energy services to corporate and private clients throughout the East Midlands. Originally founded in 1790, the practice has a professional team of chartered surveyors, advisers and agents based in Lincoln. Marketing Partner Simon Smith said: “The JHWalter team are delighted to be involved in this great event and to help raise the profile of the fantastic producers within our fair county. Throughout our 227 years, we are proud to have been of service to the great agriculture sector of our region and therefore it was only natural for us to sponsor Producer of the Year.”

WINNER
Alfred Enderby Smoked Salmon, Grimsby.
FINALISTS
Bottomley Distillers – Pin Gin, Louth and Minting Park Farm, Gautby.

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