Thank you to all those people and businesses who entered or were nominated in the 2011 Food and Drink Awards and congratulations to those who found success – winners and runners-up. We hope you will enter again this year and be part of the county’s biggest celebration of Suffolk’s food and drink industry.

2011 winners

Best Restaurant

Sponsored by Promotion Wine

The Blyth Hotel, Southwold

What the judges said . . .

The chef has once again shown that his ambitions and skills have developed year on year and offers a fine dining experience which is exceptional value.

 

Best Food Pub

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The White Horse – Sibton

What the judges said . . .

Tucked away just off the Heritage Coast the White Horse has a creative menu which delivers customers a real taste ofSuffolk. With many of the vegetables grown on site, the distance the food has travelled can be measured in yards rather than miles!

 

Informal Dining Venue

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La Hogue Farm Shop

What the judges said . . .

Great service and chock full of local foods, most of which you can buy in the farm shop on your way out!

 

Best Delicatessen

Sponsored by Hamish Johnston Fine Cheeses 

Lawsons Aldeburgh

What the judges said . . .

A great range of local foods are available from this gem in Aldeburgh High Street. Diversification into prepared meals and holiday cottage hampers means that a wider audience have the opportunity to try good, local food.

 

Best Butcher

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Andrews, Hadleigh

What the judges said . . .

A superb choice of meat including four types of liver caught the judge’s eye. The shop was spotlessly clean and there was good indication of the provenance of much of the meat.

 

Best Farm Shop

Sponsored by Milsoms

Hall Farm Shop

What the judges said . . .

A magnificent shop with a wide selection of premium foods from around the region. The staff are knowledgeable and offer great customer service. The café provides a welcome distraction!

 

Best Tea/Coffee Shop

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Baileys 2, Bury St. Edmunds

What the judges said . . . 

Highlighting their locally sourced products, the helpful staff have gained a reputation for their warm welcome. Extensive choices and great value for money.

 

Best Baker

Sponsored by Hill Farm Oils

Pump Street Bakery, Orford

And the judges said….

Chris and his team run a successful coffee shop as part of the business and customers have the opportunity to try a fine range of pastries all produced in Orford. But what really sets the business apart is the delicious range of sourdough breads on offer.

 

Best Suffolk Drink

Sponsored by Spring 

Calvors Premium Lager, Coddenham

What the judges said . . .

A marvellous continental style lager, absolutely full of flavour and made without the addition of any artificial ingredients. Produced on a corner of the family farm using Suffolk malt, Calvors has risen in less than four years from the merest inkling of an idea to a well-known, proudly Suffolk drink.

 

Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Lane Farm   

Sutton Hoo Free Range Chicken

What the judges said . . .

Sutton Hoo rears Suffolk White chickens from 1 day old to 12 weeks. The obviously happy and unstressed birds are slow-growing for maximum taste and texture. The birds are “Truly Free-range” being free to roam day and night. A quality product reared to the highest welfare standards.

 

Suffolk Product of the Year

Sponsored by Southwold Pier

Sutton Hoo Free Range Chicken

What the judges said . . .

Well bred birds with a fully developed meatiness and lovely, slightly fibrous texture. The roasted bird displays very little weight loss and maintains a full hearty flavour.

 

Suffolk Food Hero 2011

Sponsored by BBC Suffolk

Barry Chevallier-Guild, Aspall’s Cyder

What the judges said . . .

Our winner works at the top end of their industry and consistently shows an innovative approach to selling their product. Their business is respected throughout the county and with both local people and visitors to the county they have done more than their fare share to put Suffolk on the map.