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Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 - nominate your local foodie favourites

PUBLISHED: 20:05 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 20:05 04 April 2017

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 - vote now

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 - vote now

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Celebrating the very best of our county’s fabulous food and drink offering, the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards are back for 2017. With voting now open across 16 categories, from the best restaurants and pubs to local foodie shops, here we bring you the low-down on each one...

Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 - vote now Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 - vote now

Vote now!

Nominate your foodie favourites online at foodawards.surreylife.co.uk

Closing date for nominations: Friday July 28

Awards night at Foxhills: Thursday September 21

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THE CATEGORIES

(and our hall of fame!)

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE

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Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company in question. Do you know a business that always shows exemplary customer service, whether it’s your local deli, pub, restaurant or hotel? Then vote here…

Previous winners:

New for 2017!

SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY

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Here, we’re looking for food-led initiatives that aim to inspire their local communities, whether community allotments or orchards, or schemes for schools or the elderly.

Previous winners:

2016: Dorking Food Float, Dorking

2015: The Clink Charity, Sutton and Send

BUTCHER OF THE YEAR

While much of the ‘old’ High Street has been swept away by the modern world, the humble butchers continue to ply their craft outside the shadow of the supermarket.

Previous winners:

2016: Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshott

2015: Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshott

FOOD AND DRINK INNOVATION

We’re on the hunt for someone who has created a little food and drink magic with a new product, a unique business or an inspiring idea!

Previous winners:

2016: Silent Pool Distillers, Albury

2015: Silent Pool Distillers, Albury

INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR

The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and a truly unrivalled passion for their trade, from delis and bakeries to wine shops and chocolatiers.

Previous winners:

2016: Cullenders, Reigate

2015: Garsons Farm, Esher

2014: Godalming Food Company, Godalming

2013: The Vineking, Reigate and Weybridge

FARM SHOP OF THE YEAR

A mouth-watering range of local produce, enticing layout, colourful characters and great customer service are all keys to a top farm shop.

Previous winners:

2016: Priory Farm, South Nutfield

2015: Garsons Farm, Esher

2014: Priory Farm, South Nutfield

2013: Fanny’s Farm Shop, Merstham

FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

From wine to cheese via watercress, beef and even ice cream, Surrey has some amazing and often overlooked producers working away in fields, farms and garden sheds.

Previous winners:

2016: Albury Vineyard, Albury

2015: Dylan’s Ice Cream, Haslemere

2014: Halliloo Longhorn Beef, Woldingham

2013: Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

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We’re looking for an exciting dining destination that offers an overall experience of absolute excellence, with quality offered on all fronts whatever the cuisine.

Previous winners:

2016: Emlyn Restaurant, Dorking

2015: The French Table, Surbiton

2014: Stovell’s, Chobham

2013: Kinghams, Shere

TEA/COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Whether it’s a traditional cream tea, exotic coffee or tantalizingly delicious cakes, we’re looking for those cosy, friendly places that really go the extra mile to create a special experience.

Previous winners:

2016: The Dabbling Duck, Shere

2015: The Green Rooms of Godstone

2014: Pinnock’s Coffee House, Ripley

2013: Pinnock’s Coffee House, Ripley

BEST LOCAL MENU

We’re looking for pub, restaurant and café menus that are packed with Surrey produce! Who takes the greatest pride in our county’s resources and really keeps down their food miles?

Previous winners:

2016: The Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street

2015: Britten’s Restaurant, Guildford

2014: The Clink, Sutton

2013: The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford

The winner of this category will need to stock local ales, have an inventive wine list, serve delicious food and will know exactly what is required to keep the regulars coming back.

Previous winners:

2016: The Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street

2015: The Onslow Arms, Clandon

2014: The Four Horseshoes Chobham

2013: The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

BEST LOCAL FOOD EVENT

Whether it’s established or up-and-coming, we’re looking for a farmers’ market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar with a little foodie magic and a story to tell.

Previous winners:

2016: Woking Food & Drink Festival

2015: Woking Food & Drink Festival

2014: Ripley Farmers’ Market

2013: Surbiton Farmers’ Market

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by www.porscheguildford.co.uk

This award is open to anyone in the food and drink industry who has started a brand-new venture in Surrey within the last 18 months – it could be a shop, product, pub... anything goes!

Previous winners:

2016: Dotty’s Tea House, Carshalton

2015: The Art of Curry, Godalming

2014: Cellar Magneval, Woking

BEST FAMILY DINING

This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents and grandparents, of course!

Previous winners:

2016: Waters Edge, Horsell Common

2015: The Rose and Crown, Thorpe

2014: The Jolly Farmers, Buckland

CHEF OF THE YEAR

This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus.

Previous winners:

2016: Eric Guignard, The French Table

2015: Steve Drake, Drake’s

2014: Steve Drake, Drake’s

2013: Kristy and Fernando Stovell, Stovell’s

PRIDE OF SURREY

Sponsored by www.pmw.co.uk

This very special award recognises individuals or groups, who have promoted and worked within the Surrey food and drink industry for a number of years, and have really left a mark on their local community.

Previous winners:

2016: The Clink Charity, Send and Sutton

2015: Fanny Maiklem of Fanny’s Farm Shop

2014: Barry Arminson from Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger Hammer

2013: Grace & Flavour, West Horsley

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Vote now!

Nominate your foodie favourites online at foodawards.surreylife.co.uk

Closing date for nominations: Friday July 28

Awards night at Foxhills: Thursday September 21

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