This year’s Northamptonshire Food And Drink Awards Winners announced.

Oundle Mill head chef Gavin Austin
Oundle Mill head chef Gavin Austin
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Top names from the county’s food and drink industries crowded into the Royal & Derngate last night as the winners of this year’s Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards were announced.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year and was devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, is aimed at celebrating the excellence of local food produce by awarding titles in 13 categories.

Titles awarded included best new local drink, Aspire Chef Of The Year, Young Chef of the Year and the Booker Food Pub of the Year.

The categories this year being supported by the Northamptonshire Telegraph and Northampton Chronicle & Echo were the Community Pub Of The Year, Town and Rural titles.

Winners came from across the county and included Oundle Mill (Restaurant Of The Year), 1833 India Pale Ale by Hart’s Family Brewers in Wellingborough (Best Artisan Local Drink), Harrington Dry Gin by Warner Edwards Distillery in Harrington (New Local Drink), Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Garlic Mayonnaise of Hargrave (Best New Local Product Of The Year), Duncan Farrington (Local Food Hero), Nadir Hussain of Sedgebrook Hall (Spice Chef Of The Year) and Laura Gibbins from the World’s End at Ecton (Young Chef Of The Year).

Other winners included the George & Dragon, Chacombe (Best Community Pub, Rural) and the Olde England in Northampton (Best Community Pub, Town).

Gavin Austin, head chef at Oundle Mill, was also runner-up in the Aspire Chef Of The Year category, coming second to Lee Gaskins of Highgate House in Creaton.

Gavin was disappointed not to win the title but was delighted Oundle Mill managed to scoop the Restaurant Of The Year title.

He said: “This is my second year there and I think we have found what we wanted to do in our journey. In November we were closed for four months when there was a flood and we had to get it up and running again. But this award is about my colleagues and the whole team, as if it wasn’t for their efforts we wouldn’t be sitting here with this trophy.”

The results in full:

Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year

Winner: The Apothocoffee Shop, Earls Barton

Runner-up: The Courtyard Café, Daventry

Community Pub of the Year – Town

Winner: The Olde England, Northampton

Runner-up: The Golden Horse, Northampton

Community Pub of the Year – Rural

Winner: The George and Dragon, Chacombe

Runner-up: The Sun Inn, Hardingstone

Booker Food Pub of the Year

Winner: The Rose & Crown, Yardley Hastings

Runner-up: The Hopping Hare, Northampton

Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Oundle Mill, Oundle

Runner-up: The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

Artisan Local Product of the Year

Winner: Cold Eating Chicken and Ham Pie - Elliotts Kitchen, Towcester

Runner-up: Sticky Toffee Pudding – Elliotts Kitchen, Towcester

Artisan Local Drink of the Year

Gold: 1833 India Pale Ale – Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough

Silver: Indian Summer IPA – Hoggleys Brewery, Litchborough

Bronze: Nene Valley Bitter – Nene Valley Brewery, Oundle

New Local Product of the Year

Winner: Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW Garlic Mayonnaise - Farrington Oils, Hargrave

Runner-up: Blackberry Sorbet - Rossi’s Ice Cream, Kettering

New Local Drink of the Year

Gold: Harrington Dry Gin – Warner Edwards Distillery, Harrington

Silver: Black Jetty – Vale of Welton Cider, Welton

Bronze: Frank’s Steakhouse Ale - Nobby’s Brewery, Guilsborough

Local Food Hero of the Year

Winner: Duncan Farrington of Farrington Oils, Hargrave

Runners-up: Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby

Runners-up: Waterloo Cottage Farm, Great Oxendon

Spice Chef of the Year

Winner: Nadir Hussain of Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton

Runner-up: Mohammed Abdul Hye of Saffron, Northampton

Aspire Chef of the Year

Winner: Lee Gaskins of The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House, Creaton

Runner-up: Gavin Austin of Oundle Mill, Oundle

Young Chef of the Year

Winner: Laura Gibbins of The World’s End, Ecton

Runner-up: Sophie Fountain of The White Swan Inn, Holcot