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14th October 2022

After much anticipation, the winners in the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2022/23 are today celebrating being named the best of the best in the county.

The competition, now in its fourteenth year, received hundreds of nominations and applications across 15 categories, aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and producers, and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.

The results are as follows:

Artisan Local Drink of the Year

GOLD - Blue Aurora, English Blueberry Ice Wine 

GOLD - Stonyfield English Quality Sparkling Wine, Rosé 

GOLD - Lactodorum Towcester Gin, Wharf Distillery

SILVER - Heidrun Session NEIPA, Three Hills Brewing

SILVER - Fresh Oat Drink, Wild and Furrow

BRONZE - Solstice Malt Whisky, Wharf Distillery 


Artisan Local Product of the Year (sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed)

GOLD - Naked Dairy Gelato, Rocky’s Gelato 

SILVER - Northamptonshire Blue, Hamm Tun Fine Foods

SILVER - Blueberry & Lavender Jam, Mee Farmers

SILVER - White Sourdough, Whittlebury Bakery

BRONZE - Garlic & Fennel Salami, Northampton Charcuterie Company

BRONZE - Tomato & Chilli Chutney, Green Kitchen Preserves

BRONZE - Elderflower Sorbet, Your Cool


Artisan Local Vegetarian / Vegan Product of the Year (sponsored by Daily Bread)

GOLD - Oinkin’ Pattie from The Curious Vegan Co. 

SILVER - Spiced Rhubarb Chutney from The Food Library

SILVER - Tongue Taster from Northampton Cheese Company

BRONZE - Cucumber & Dill Sauerkraut from Mille Pickles

BRONZE - Almond and Coconut Granola from Salma Shah

BRONZE - Vegan Blue Raspberry Bottles from Sweet Lounge


Booker Dining Venue of the Year (sponsored by Booker)

GOLD - Electric Pavillion, Northampton 

GOLD - Hibiscus Fine Dining, Northampton

GOLD - Restaurant Ember, Wellingborough

GOLD - The Snooty Fox, Lowick

SILVER - The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton

SILVER - The Folly Inn, Towcester

SILVER - Tollemache Arms, Harrington

BRONZE - Tap & Kitchen, Oundle

BRONZE - The Plough Inn, Shutlanger

BRONZE - The Rose & Crown, Yardley Hastings


Booker Young Chef of the Year (sponsored by Booker)

GOLD - Hannah Dunne, Restaurant Ember 

GOLD - Shawn Monk, The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

SILVER - Nicole Wicks, Rushton Hall

BRONZE - David Smith- The Palmichael

BRONZE - Matthew Heritage, The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay


Community Café of the Year (Supported by The Good Loaf)

GOLD - Saints Coffee, Northampton

SILVER - Café 1850, Northampton

BRONZE - Aspen Café, Bosworth Garden Centre

BRONZE - Café Track, Northampton

BRONZE - Johnny’s Happy Place, Kettering

BRONZE - The Place to Bee, Kingsthorpe


Outstanding Contribution to Food and Drink in Northamptonshire Award (sponsored by All Things Business)

Winner – Colin Richardson 


Farming Environment Award (sponsored by Weetabix Growers Group)

GOLD - Phillip Johnson & Daughters, Rectory Farm

SILVER - J.A Knight & Son

BRONZE - Bartlow Estate

FINALIST – Bridge House Farm

FINALIST - J.A Atkinson & Son

FINALIST - Stetchworth Estate Farm


F&B Achiever of the Year (sponsored by Howes Percival LLP)

GOLD - Andy Collins- Whittlebury Bakery

SILVER - Aldo Gallone- E. Gallone Ltd

SILVER - Joe Buckley- Tollemache Arms

BRONZE - Suzy Keeping & Chris D’alessio- KDR Events


Food and Drink College Student of the Year

GOLD - Bilal Ismail- Northampton College

GOLD - Tia ‘Echo’ Morris- Northampton College

SILVER - Elisabeth Knott- Moulton College

BRONZE - Luke Wolstencroft- Tresham College

BRONZE - Will McGowan- Tresham College


Healthy Food and Wellbeing Award (sponsored by Delapré Abbey)

Healthy Food & Wellbeing- Producers

GOLD - Cucumber & Dill Sauerkraut, Millie Pickles

SILVER - Chocolate flavour Super Shake- Nasty Vegan

SILVER - Organic Wheatgrass Juice - Britt’s Superfoods

BRONZE - Kebab-ish, Bite me Spices

BRONZE - Tomato and Red pepper Relish, Friars Farm

Healthy Food and Wellbeing award, Workplace

GOLD - Mercedes AMG HPP

SILVER - Silverstone Circuits Ltd

SILVER - Sol Havens CIC

BRONZE - Northampton General Hospital


Local Food Hero of the Year (sponsored by Moulton College)

GOLD - Towcester Community Larder

SILVER - The Green Patch

BRONZE - Community Health works UK CIC

BRONZE – Elliotts’ Rectory Farm

BRONZE - Foodkind CIC

BRONZE - Jamie’s Quality Butchers


One To Watch (sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers)

GOLD - The Flavour Trailer

SILVER - Northampton Cheese Company

BRONZE - Jute Coffee

BRONZE - Nakasero

BRONZE - Nasty VeganWeetabix Sustainability Award (sponsored by Weetabix)

GOLD - Ganders Goat

SILVER - Jute Coffee Limited

SILVER - West Lodge Farm Park

BRONZE - Foodkind CIC

BRONZE - The Roastery


Whitco Chef of the Year (sponsored by Whitco)

GOLD - Bart Polinski- Hibiscus Fine Dining 

SILVER - Arturs Dzerins- Electric Pavilion 

BRONZE - Ben Drury, The Red Lion, Cranford

BRONZE - Michael O’Gorman, University of Northampton, Waterside Campus


World Cuisine Restaurant of the Year (sponsored by British Pepper & Spice)

GOLD - Alacati Grill, Daventry

GOLD - Mewar Haveli, Northampton

SILVER - June Plum, Wellingborough

BRONZE - Pjayz Kitchen, Northampton


For more details on the competition visit the Food Awards website

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