Cream of the crop vie for accolades

Chef Lee Gaskins, The Terrace Restaurant, Highgate House, Creaton.
Chef Lee Gaskins, The Terrace Restaurant, Highgate House, Creaton.

The finalists for this year’s Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards have been revealed with several from the Daventry district.

Twelve businesses from the area will be competing against food and drink emporiums from across the county in eight different categories.

The Community Pub of The Year Rural will see The Saracen’s Head in Little Brington up for the award. The venue won Pub or Bar Restaurant of the Year last time around. It goes up against The George and Dragon at Chacombe, The Red Lion at Bozaet and The Sun Inn in Hardingstone.

Competing for the Food Pub of the Year is The King’s Head in Spratton which goes up against Red Lion Wine Pub in Sibbertoft, The Hopping Hare in Northampton, The Rose and Crown in Yardley Hastings and The Wig and Pen in Northampton.

The Terrace Restaurant based in Highgate House, Creaton is up for Restaurant of the Year and will be against Frank’s Steakhouse in Northampton, Oundle Mill in Oundle and The Falcon Inn in Fotheringhay.

Dave Collins, managing director of Collins Fresh Produce which sponsors both the town and rural Community Pub of the Year category, is urging everyone to show their support.

He said: “Having seen first hand the hard work that the staff at these pubs put in to supporting their local communities I wish you could vote for all of them.

“But we have to have our winners so I would encourage everyone to vote before the end of the month and make sure that their favourite in each category wins.”

For the new Local Drink of the Year, there will be three finalists from the district. They are Black Jetty made by Vale of Welton Cider, Frank’s Steakhouse Ale from Nobby’s Brewery in Guilsborough and Lord Barker from Gun Dog Ales in Woodford Halse.

There are two entries from the Daventry district for the artisan local drink of the year. They are Guilsborough Gold from Nobby’s Brewery and Indian Summer IPA from Hoggley’s Brewery in Litchborough.

The Courtyard Cafe in Daventry and The Stables Tea Room in Canons Ashby will hope to get Independent Cafe/Tea Room of the Year.

It’s a double award for The Terrace Restaurant as chef Lee Gaskins is nominated for the Chef of the Year.

Radmore Farm Shop in Litchborough will be hoping to claim the Artisan Local Product of the Year with its steak and ale pie with bubble and squeak topping.

The winners will be revealed at a special event held at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on Thursday, October 17.

Tickets can be bought for the event at a cost of £90 per person or £850 for a table of ten. They can be booked by calling Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or emailing rachel@rachelmallows.com.

Visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk for more details on the award.