2017 Award Winners Shortlist

It’s been a busy few months completing the exciting task of judging the Food & Drink Devon Awards and this year we’ve had a record number of entries.  

An educational and enjoyable experience, judging has not only allowed us to taste the very best of Devon’s produce but to also meet the county’s hugely passionate food and drink producers and industry experts.  It’s been a delight to hear the positive and encouraging feedback from all the judges and we thank all those who have taken part.

From the 250 products tasted, Platinum awards will be given to any product receiving a perfect 100% score, Gold awards to products achieving 90-99%, and Silver to those scoring 85-89%. 

The producers on the Taste of Devon Product shortlist are:

Ashridge Cider

Bays Brewery

Bell & Loxton

Black Tor Brewery

Buckfast Organics Clives Pies

Burts Chips

Chocolate Heaven made in Devon

Chunk of Devon

Churston Traditional Farm Shop

Clearwater Brewery

Continental Crumbs

Crankhouse Coffee

Dartmoor Brewery

Dartmoor Chilli Farm

Dartmoor Distillery

Devon Distillery

Ebb Tides

Eversfield Organic

Favis of Salcombe

Hanlons Brewery

Happy Butter

Hunters Brewery

Hunts Cider

Lizzy’s Larder

Luscombe Drinks

Lyme Bay Winery

New Lion Brewery

Otter Garden Centres

Rocks Drinks

Rookbeare Farm

Ruths Real Food

Sabine Macarons

Salcombe Dairy

Salcombe Distilling Co

Sharpham Wine & Cheese

South Devon Chilli Farm

South Hams Brewery

Summerskills Brewery

Tideford Organic Foods

Tom’s Pies

Waterhouse Fayre

Well Hung Meat Co

Yarde Cider


The Gold and Silver Awards are kindly sponsored by MC Kelly and Stephens Scown


From the producers who entered, the producers on the Best Packaging shortlist are:

Bell & Loxton

Hanlons Brewery

Hunt’s Cider

Salcombe Distilling


From the producers who entered, the producers on the Best Overall Producer shortlist are:

Devon Distillery

Lyme Bay Winery

Salcombe Distilling

Sharpham Wine & Cheese


The Platinum Awards, Best Overall Producer and Best Overall Packaging are kindly Sponsored by Black & White Asset Finance


From the 65 Taste of Devon Hospitality entries, we will be awarding a winner for each of the eight categories. The establishments on the Taste of Devon Hospitality shortlist are:

Best Fine Dining Restaurant:            Boringdon Hall, Plymouth

                                                          Old Vienna Restaurant, Torquay

                                                          Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

Best Restaurant:                                Fat Belly Freds, Barnstaple           

                                                           Il Casita, Crediton

                                                           The Pig & Pallet, Exeter

Best Hotel Restaurant:                       Kentisbry Grange, Barnstaple

                                                            Prince Hall Hotel, Princetown

                                                            South Sands Hotel, Salcombe

Best Pub Restaurant:                          The Anchor Inn, Ivybridge

                                                            The Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho!

                                                            Victoria Inn, Salcombe

Best Pub:                                            The Journeys End Inn, Kingsbridge

                                                            The Pig & Whistle, Totnes

                                                            Victoria Inn, Salcombe

Best Bistro:                                         La Petite Bouchee, Witheridge

                                                            The Arundell Arms, Lifton

                                                            Waterside Bistro, Totnes

Best Café:                                           Amelia’s Café at Cofton, Exeter

                                                            The Pantry, Kingsbridge

                                                            Valley View café, Kingsbridge

Best Street Food:                                Open Sesame, Axminster

                                                            The Glorious Oyster, Instow

                                                            The Teign Canteen, Teignmouth


Kindly Sponsored by Peplows and Luscombe Drinks


From the 25 Taste of Devon Retail entries, we will be awarding a winner for each of the two categories. The establishments on the Taste of Devon Retail shortlist are:

Best Retailer:                                     Ashburton Delicatessen

                                                           Aune Valley Meats, Kingsbridge

                                                           Besshill Farm Shop, Barnstaple


Best Online Retailer:                         Eversfield Organic

                                                          Pretty Local

                                                          Riverford Organic Farmers


Kindly Sponsored by Zip Water


From the 12 entries in our new categories, we will be awarding 2 winners.  The establishments on the shortlist are:

Best Cookery School:                        Ashburton Cookery School

                                                           Exeter Cookery School

                                                           Salcombe Distilling

Best Farmers Market:                        Crediton Farmers Market

                                                           Tavistock Farmers Market

                                                           Totnes Good Food Market

Kindly Sponsored by Raw pr and marketing

The Ceremony

Congratulations to all those who have made the shortlist.  We hope you will be able to join us at the awards ceremony on Monday 9 October 2017 at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, Weston near Honiton starting at 6.45pm, which will be hosted by food and drink broadcaster and BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden.  

The evening will include a drinks reception, a three-course meal created using produce from Food & Drink Devon members and presentation of the awards, followed by an ‘after show’ party in the bar area with cheese & biscuits for all those who want to stay a little while longer!  Tickets cost £60 per person and include half a bottle of wine, the dress code is Black Tie.  Limited accommodation is available on a first come first served basis, please book directly with the Deer Park and quote Food & Drink Devon to receive reduced rates.

To book tickets, please send your payment and completed booking form to Ali Neagle at [email protected] or Burn Brae, Higher Huxham, Exeter, Devon. EX5 4EW.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is 5pm on Friday 22 September.

If you have any questions, please call Ali on 07789 666064.  

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