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