On 1st February 2011 the cream of the crop of Tastes of Lincolnshire members gathered at the Lincoln Hotel for the annual awards. The guests had the prize giving ceremony before being served afternoon tea which included cakes generously donated by Tastes of Lincolnshire bakeries.
The butchers Simons of Spilsy won the ‘producer’ award, with Saints and Sinners from Spalding and Boston Sausage accepting the Highly Commended places.
For the ‘retailers / wholesalers’ group, the prize was given to Ideal Lincs, Burgh on Bain, Market Rasen, and Highly Commended was granted to both Anglia Woods Foodservice of Grimsby and Pocklingtons Bakery from Alford.
First place in the ‘Grower’ category was for Uncle Henry’s Farmshop and Cafe at Grayingham, with Sunnyside Up of Market Rasen and Minting Park Meats from Gautby, near Wragby as the runners up. Thierry Daugeron’s Outside Catering of Stamford scooped the top award in the ‘Caterers’ category with the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and Finefood2u, both of Lincoln, taking second place.
In terms of eateries, Pooley’s Tearoom of Messingham, near Scunthorpe was awarded best tearoom for the second year in a row, with the runner up positions being so close that it was granted to The Point Cafe at Gibraltar Point, Sunnyside Up of Market Rasen and The Pink Pig Farmshop and Restaurant in Holme, near Scunthorpe.
The winning pub was Village Limits of Woodhall Spa, a runner up in the 2009 awards, Highly Commended went to The Barley Mow in Boston and the Thornton Hunt Inn from near Ulceby.
Melanie’s Restaurant in Louth went from Highly Commended in 2009 to be 2010’s best restaurant, with the runners up being The Old Bakery of Lincoln and Magpies Restaurant in Horncastle.
Accommodation is split down into 3 categories to cater for the varying types. For Bed and Breakfast’s The Grange at East Barkwith, Market Rasen came out on top for the second year in a row, with runners up Chaplin House of Martin and Kingthorpe Manor near Market Rasen. The Manor House at Martin was awarded the top prize for self catering accommodation after coming second in 2009, and was followed by Elms Farm Cottages of Boston and Poplar Farm Holiday Cottages in Sutton-on-Sea. First prize for accommodation open to non-residents was given to The Olde Barn Hotel at Marston, near Grantham, with the Highly Commended places going to Village Limits of Woodhall Spa and Hickman Hill Hotel in Gainsborough.
The prestigious Mr George Award for Outstanding Contributions to Tastes of Lincolnshire was given to Robin Dennett of Dennett’s ice cream.
The Tastes of Lincolnshire team are really proud of all the winners. They’ve worked really hard to promote Lincolnshire produce and this is reflected through their awards.
Look out for the awards feature in the next issue of Good Taste - Spring/Summer 2011 - out by the end of March.