Daventry district wins big at county food awards

The Evergreen team, Ian Spencer, Vicky Gunn, Gabbie Andrews, Lauren Roche, Shannon Hourigan, and Simon Williams.
The Evergreen team, Ian Spencer, Vicky Gunn, Gabbie Andrews, Lauren Roche, Shannon Hourigan, and Simon Williams.

It was a good night for the Daventry area at the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

Five of the 21 winners came from the area, highlighting the excellent food and drink produced locally.

Richard Walker of Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa, Fawsley - chef of the Year NNL-151020-135356001

Richard Walker of Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa, Fawsley - chef of the Year NNL-151020-135356001

The local winners were: AMG High Performace Powertrains at Brixworth – Healthy Eating Workplace of the year (sport, health, education); Richard Walker from Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa – Chef of the year; the Old Kings Head in Long Buckby – Best Bar None Rural Pub; The Sun Inn, Kislingbury – Best Bar None Rural Pub public vote; and Evergren Art Cafe in Daventry – Independent Cafe/Tearoom of the year.

Gun Dog Ales from Woodford Halse was also a runner-up in the Artisan Local Drink category with its beer Boozehound.

The winners were announced at an awards dinner on Thursday night last week at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton.

The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its seventh year and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink,

Simon Williams, who owns the Evergreen Art Cafe in Daventry’s Sheaf Street, said: “It was a brilliant night. The cafe at Evergreen was always about bringing people into the art gallery – never in a million years did we think that we would get this type of recognition.

“I have to thank our customers, suppliers and of course the team here.

“What makes a cafe a nice place is not only having good coffee and food, the personalities of the staff have to be good as well.

“When you sit down and see what is produced in our county – the food and drink, the chefs and restaurants, pubs and cafes – it’s great to see all this local work being recognised.”

Chef of the Year Richard Walker from Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa, said: “I was delighted to win the award, I feel so proud that it further adds to the AA two rosettes that was re accredited to the hotel earlier this year.

“My passion for food and quality will be taken to new heights with the skilled team that we now have here at Fawsley .”