Food and Drink Devon Awards

Food and Drink Devon 2014

As the host venue for the Food and Drink Devon Awards 2014, Exeter Golf and Country Club is delighted to share the news that the shortlist has been announced.

The  Food and Drink Devon Awards, which have been running for three years, exist to celebrate the culinary successes of the county. Dedicated entirely to Devon food and drink producers, retailers and hospitality businesses, the prestigious awards offer platinum, gold and silver accreditations for winners to display on their menus, marketing and packaging. The robust measures undertaken to find winners for the three categories, Product, Hospitality and Retail, include thorough assessment by an independent judging panel made up of industry experts.

Chris Jones, General Manager of Exeter Golf and Country Club and Board Member of Food and Drink Devon said that this year’s entrants have set the bar higher than ever before.

“We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 Food and Drink Devon Awards and thrilled that it includes so many Devon based businesses that most people will recognise. Devon is a leading light in food and drink production and it is inspirational to see these bountiful products being embraced by our local hospitality and retail businesses, along with their customers from both near and far. As a team, Food and Drink Devon is incredibly proud of all the businesses who have made the shortlist and excited about announcing the overall winners at the grand awards ceremony, here at Exeter Golf and Country Club in October. Of course, I will be proud to wear both my hats that evening and am looking forward to it very much.”

Food & Drink Devon Awards Shortlist 2014

The Food and Drink Devon Awards judged  80 entries, which involved tasting 134 products and evaluating 38 producers, 33 hospitality and 9 retail establishment entries. This experience has been described by the panel of expert judges as both educational and enjoyable, tasting  some outstanding Devon produce, along with meeting Food and Drink Devon members and other industry experts.

Chris Jones, Chair of Food and Drink Devon, continues, “It has been a delight to hear the positive and encouraging feedback our Food and Drink Devon members had to offer. Our thanks to all those who have given up their time to help with the judging process.”

Taste of Devon – Product

From the 134 products tasted,  Platinum awards will be awarded to any product that received a perfect 100% score, Gold awards to products that achieved 90-99%, and Silver awards to those who scored 85-89%. The producers on the Taste of Devon Product shortlist are:
• Bulleigh Elms Farm
• Exmoor Heat and Eat
• Partridge Farm Meats
• Burrow Farm Food
• Four Elms Fruit Farm
• Riverford Farm Dairies
• Burts Potato Chips
• Hallwood Farm Shop
• Sladesdown Meat
• Chunk of Devon
• Hi T’s Fudge
• South Devon Chili Farm
• Cranfields Foods
• Hunters Brewery
• Stevie B’s Bakery
• Dartmoor Brewery Ltd
• Lovaton Farm
• The Lyme Bay Winery
• Devon Distillery
• Luscombe Drinks
• Truly Treats
• Dunn’s Dairy
• M.C Kelly
• Touch of Heart
• Eversfield Organics
• Orchard Organic Farm
• Yonder Berries
From the 38 producers who entered, the producers on the Best Packaging shortlist are:
• Bell and Loxton
• Devon Distillery
• Burts Potato Chips

Taste of Devon – Hospitality

From the 33 Taste of Devon Hospitality entries,  a winner will be chosen for each of the 6 categories. The establishments on the Taste of Devon Hospitality shortlist are:
• Best Fine Dining Restaurant:
Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Prince Hall Hotel, Two Bridges
Yeoldon House Hotel, Bideford
• Best Restaurant:
The Millbrook Inn, South Pool
Rodean Restaurant, Kenton
The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock
• Best Bistro:
Dolphin House Brasserie, Plymouth
Britannia @ The Beach, Beesands
• Best Pub:
The Hart Inn, Hartland
The NoBody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh
• Best Café:
Sea Shanty Café, Branscombe
Britannia @ The Beach, Beesand
• Best Takeaway:
The Brill Plaice, Stoke Flemming
Ruby Modern Diner, Exeter

Taste of Devon – Retail

From the 9 Taste of Devon Retail entries, winner will be awarded for each of the 2 categories. The establishments on the Taste of Devon Retail shortlist are:
• Best Retailer:
Ashburton Delicatessen
The shops at Dartington – Food Shop
G.T. Orsman, Shaldon
• Best Online Retailer:
Eversfield Organic
The Well Hung Meat Company

Food and Drink Devon

Food and Drink Devon