VIDEO: The search is on to find the best places to eat and drink in Northamptonshire

The search is on to find the best places to eat and drink in Northamptonshire
The search is on to find the best places to eat and drink in Northamptonshire
  • Organisers launch food and drink awards for 2015
  • 2014 Restaurant of the Year winners says award ‘boosted morale’ for staff
  • There are 18 categories in this year’s competition

The seventh annual competition to find the best places to eat and drink across Northamptonshire is officially underway.

The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2015 aims to celebrate the best of local produce and drink, recognising excellent dining places in the county and rewarding those who work in the sector.

Organisers of the awards, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), are expecting the competition to be strong again this year.

The details of the new-look competition were revealed at the launch in the new £1.2m Quality and Innovation Building of Whitworth Bros. Ltd flour millers’ Wellingborough headquarters yesterday by NEP’s Chairman John Markham OBE.

Mr Markham said: “It has long been recognised that Northamptonshire’s economy benefits hugely from the food and drink sector, currently contributing £1.5 billion each year. Moulton College’s recent announcement of a new £5m Food & Drink Technology Academy is testament to the importance of continuing to provide local people with the right skills to support the industry.

“The long-running awards are an opportunity to celebrate the talented individuals from a broad range of large and small businesses and their outstanding achievements year after year.”

This year’s competition has expanded to 18 categories in total thanks to the NEP, its other sponsors and partners, including headline sponsor Carlsberg UK, Booker, British Pepper & Spice, Heygates Flour and Animal Feed, Moulton College, Northamptonshire County Council, Pidy UK, Weetabix, Whitco and Whitworth Bros Ltd and the addition of two new sponsors – the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at Northamptonshire Police and TMI Foods.

Roger Butler, Managing Director of Whitworth Bros Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the awards again this year as it is a great way to for us to raise our profile and to show our support for the sector here in the county.”

Susie Keeping from Brasserie 23 at The Kings Head, Spratton was among the guests at the launch after winning the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ title in the 2014/15 Awards.

Susie said: “Winning the title was a massive achievement for us, having only been open for just over a year, and it really boosted staff morale hugely.

The long-running awards are an opportunity to celebrate the talented individuals from a broad range of large and small businesses and their outstanding achievements year after year

John Markham

“Perhaps more importantly, it gave us some great publicity further afield and in turn increased our bookings as we have had so many people come in who didn’t even know we were there.”

Awards’ director, Rachel Mallows of The Mallows Company, thanked those who have enabled the competition to become the success it has over the last six years.

She said: “These awards were established to help drive the growth within food and drink in the county and we’ve seen the competition achieve just that through tourism spend, business development and job creation.

“With the support of our fabulous brands in Northamptonshire, it is no wonder that the sector continues to thrive and we’re confident that this will indeed be another magnificent year.”

For more information about the awards click here Food and drink awards or contact Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email rachel@rachelmallows.com.

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AWARDS CATEGORIES FOR 2015

‘Artisan Local Savoury Product of the Year’ – sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed

with BBC Radio Northampton

‘Artisan Local Sweet Product of the Year’ – sponsored by Moulton College with BBC Radio Northampton

‘Artisan Local Drink of the Year’ – with BBC Radio Northampton

‘New Local Product of the Year’ – sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd with BBC Radio Northampton

‘New Local Drink of the Year’ – with BBC Radio Northampton

‘Booker Food Pub of the Year’ – sponsored by Booker with Great Food Club

‘Restaurant of the Year’ – sponsored by Whitco with Business Times

‘Spice Restaurant of the Year’ – sponsored by British Pepper & Spice

‘Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year’ – sponsored by Pidy UK with Northampton Life

‘Chef of the Year’ – sponsored by TMI Foods with Northants Herald & Post

‘Young Chef of the Year’ – sponsored by Booker with Northants Herald & Post

‘Best Bar None – Town Pub of the Year’ – sponsored by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

at Northamptonshire Police with the Chronicle & Echo and Northamptonshire Telegraph

‘Best Bar None – Rural Pub of the Year’ – sponsored by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

at Northamptonshire Police with the Chronicle & Echo and Northamptonshire Telegraph

‘Best Bar None – Late Night Venue of the Year’ – sponsored by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

at Northamptonshire Police with the Chronicle & Echo and Northamptonshire Telegraph

‘Local Food Hero of the Year’ – sponsored by Weetabix with Northamptonshire CPRE (Campaign to

Protect Rural England) and with Aspire Magazine

‘Healthy Eating Workplace of the Year – Health and Education’ – sponsored by Northamptonshire County

Council

‘Healthy Eating Workplace of the Year – Private Sector’ – sponsored by Northamptonshire County Council

‘F&B Achiever of the Year’