Winners revealed in hunt for the top food and drink

Vale of Welton Cider picking up their award.
Vale of Welton Cider picking up their award.
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There were several winners and runners up from the Daventry district at this year’s Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

The results were announced at a ceremony held at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on Thursday, October 16.

Among the winners were Vale of Welton Cider who took the top prize in the new local drink category with its Rose Hill Cider. It is described as a medium sweet craft cider with a rich apple flavour.

John Malvery from Vale of Welton Cider said: “Our Rose Hill Cider won the top CAMRA award a few weeks ago so we felt we had a good chance of also taking this award.

“Thankfully it did. We use 100 per cent hand-picked cider apples from our own Welton orchards. The fruit is pressed through a traditional rack and cloth press. It’s Northamptonshire in a bottle. A big thank you to everyone who helped at harvest and pressing.” Other firms in the area to win included Brasserie 23 at The Kings Head in Spratton, which won restaurant of the year award, and Brixworth Foods for Brixworth Pate which won the artisan local savoury product of the year.

Gun Dog Ales in Woodford Halse was a runner up in the artisan local drink of the year for its drink Booze Hound.

The Sun Inn at Kislingbury was the runner up in the community pub of the year while Sophie Fountain, also from Brasserie 23, was the runner up in the young chef of the year.

Sisquito’s Butchers in Yelvertoft was a runner up in the local food hero of the year. There was also a double award for Mercedes AGM in Brixworth with the firm getting the healthy eating workplace of the year and its chef James Ingram taking second place in the chef of the year.

The competition was organised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.