A pub in Northamptonshire is celebrating after it was named best in the county at the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2012/13.
The competition, run by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its fourth year and is aimed at celebrating all local produce and drink and recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues.
The results were announced at an awards dinner, sponsored by Electrolux, at The Wing, at Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, on Wednesday night.
The big winners on the night were Duncan and Sarah Evans, who run The Saracen’s Head in Little Brington, who won the Pub or Bar Restaurant of the Year award and saw their head chef, William Mountain, pick up the Young Chef of the Year award.
Mrs Evans said: “We were already so delighted that Will had won earlier in the evening, but then to hear the venue’s name called out as well was just the icing on the cake.
“The whole team put their heart and soul into everything that they do and this is real recognition of their wonderful efforts. We are all just chuffed to bits.”
Jonathan Chaplin of The Village Orchard in Flore also came away with two awards after his fruity apple and plum chutney was named runner-up in the New Local Product of the Year category and his golden russet apple juice won the New Local Drink of the Year award. Mr Chaplin said: “We are always so wonderfully surprised and of course thrilled to pick up any award so to come away with a second and a first is fantastic.
“It’s all the more pleasing that these are two of our newer products and we’ll be displaying our certificates and our winner’s trophy with great pride.”
Other winners included Sauls of Spratton, which received the Local Product/Drink of the Year award, Gerald Bailey, of Newlands Farm, Hannington triumphed in the Local Food Hero of the Year category and Bodrul Islam at Saffron in Northampton was named Spice Chef of the Year.
The Restaurant of the Year award was won by The Exeter Arms in Easton on the Hill and the Community Pub of the Year in a town was The Swan and Helmet in Northampton.
The Community Pub of the Year in a rural area was The George in Tiffield.