Welcome to the Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards.
Hertfordshire is a county of food and drink gems and we need you to help us discover, praise and promote the very best.
From quirky independent coffee shops to delightful restaurants, characterful pubs and microbreweries producing new and exciting ales, we want you to nominate and vote for the best.
2016’s Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards unveiled some of the county’s treasures. Now, with the 2017 awards, we are calling on you, the army of consumers of the county’s finest food and drink products to help us even more by nominating even more fantastic venues.
When you visit a vibrant venue, purchase some unique products or find customer service that surpasses all expectations, we need to know about it. Nominate your favourites, and help us – and other people – to discover a new, tastier, Hertfordshire.
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Tuesday 10th January
The third annual Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards has been launched with a call from the organisers to the public to “nominate your favourite venues now”.
An official launch event took place on Monday, January 9 at the The Fox and Duck, Therfield, which won the Pub of the Year title in 2016 and will be entering again to defend the title.
Ivan Titmuss, landlord of the Fox and Duck said: “We are delighted to have hosted the launch event.
“We have had great success as a result of us winning two awards in the last two years, including Pub of the Year in 2016.”
And the confident landlord added: “We are looking forward to three in a row!”
Organisers of the food and drink awards hope to continue the growing trend from last year when some 450 nominations and more than 28,000 votes were gathered from across three counties.
Damian Cummins, of national awards company Events & PR, said: “Even before the official launch, our website has seen more than 100 nominations in a month. That’s a phenomenal start and points to not only an immense year but to us uncovering and promoting some fantastic butchers, bakers, restaurants, pubs and food and drink makers across Herts.”
The awards work in two rounds. Firstly, until February 20, customers are urged to nominate their favourite venues. Voting will then take over from the nominations and continue until April 24. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in June.
“Our message to the public is – please get nominating now!” said Damian.
Nominations must be made via the awards website http://www.hertsfoodanddrinkawards.co.uk/
- Best Independent Butchers Shop
- Best Artisan Bakery
- Best Fine Dining Restaurant
- Independent Restaurant of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year
- Outstanding Service Excellence
- Pub of the Year – Free House
- Pub of the Year – Tied House
- Best Newcomer
- Best Independent Tea/Coffee Shop
- Independent Food Retailer/Producer of the Year
- Craft Beer of the Year
Monday 6th June 2016
The tranquil settings of Hitchin Priory played host to the 2016 Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards, Monday 6th June. Now in their second year, the event drew a gathering of 150 attendees from nominated finalists to see who would be crowned winners of 14 categories.
The sheer volume of votes by members of the public show even as corporate chains further and further dominate our high streets, the public support, value and promote the hard work, originality and the creative force that drives independent businesses.
Awards organiser Damian Cummins said; ‘Supporting independent businesses is at the heart of what we do.. The end result is what you and I see on our plate at a sitting, but the journey is so much more complex, the connections between local suppliers and food and drink outlets is really what drives this industry. The focus on provenance, quality, taste and experience is central to its continued success and must prevail! Our awards offer the best endorsement there is, that of the customer.’
Such passion for authenticity and creativity is the driving force behind the success of The Buntingford Kitchen, Overall winners for two years running. Damian Clarkson, the proprietor said:
Last year we won ‘Best Fine Dining’ and ‘Overall Winner’ and we were tremendously surprised. We can’t quite believe we have a double win again this year picking up ‘Best Independent Restaurant’ and ‘Overall Winner’ especially as the competition this year was so tough. We were up against the very best Hertfordshire has to offer. To say I’m proud of my team would be an understatement. It is such an amazing achievement and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Winners of the awards are based solely on the results of the public vote, with the overall winner having achieved the most votes out of all the nominated venues overall. To view the list of winners, please click here.
Photo: Winners of the Overall and Independent Restaurant Awards, Damian Clarkson owner of The Buntingford Kitchen, alongside Restaurant Manager Stefanie Mather