#SLFDA: The finalists of the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2020

PUBLISHED: 09:36 24 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:08 16 October 2020

The Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards finalists are here

The Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards finalists are here


We are delighted to announce the finalists for the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2020! Congratulations to our wonderful finalists!

Each year we are astounded by the number of nominations we receive for these prestigious awards, and this year was no exception. With the impact of coronavirus and lockdown hitting food and drink businesses great and small across the county, it is heart-warming to read of the kindness and support Surrey people have shown.

Our 2020 finalists are outstanding examples of businesses we are proud to support in Surrey. Keep reading to find out who made the cut. The second round of judging is now underway, and our deserving winners will be announced in the December issue.

Thank you to all our 2020 sponsors and congratulations to our 2020 finalists. Without further ado, our deserving 2020 finalists.

• Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

Sponsored by Artizan Interiors

Boz’s Fruit & Veg, Woking

We have just experienced the hardest time due to the pandemic. As a grocery business we were extremely busy. We were able to maintain our stock levels at a time where other larger stores would have no stock. We communicated well with our import agents and continued to run a smooth operation even although is was the hardest and tiring of times.

Canakin, Reigate

Swapping the city to follow my dream of opening a patisserie was ten years in the making so I’m beyond flattered and humbled to have earned this nomination in our first year. Our customers’ appetite for cinnamon buns, salted caramel macarons and coffee is what puts the smile on my face when I get up in the early hours to bake.

Deli Class, Horsell

We are humbled to be a finalist in the Independent Food & Drink Retailer category. Authenticity, simplicity, freshness and flavour in our food, and honesty and fun in all we do are our fundamental values. We are grateful, and thank Horsell and Woking communities for their custom and nominations.

• Best Farm Shop

Flower Farm Shop, Godstone

Flower Farm shop and online shop provides an unparalleled selection of farm reared and locally sourced produce. It is an honour to have been selected as a finalist, and I’d like to thank my team for all their hard work in getting us here, along with wishing all the other finalists the very best of luck!

Secretts of Milford, Milford

It’s an honour to be a finalist and we thank our wonderful customers for voting for us as this year has been especially tough. We are a real farm shop with home-grown produce and local producers at our core, from honey produced on the farm to jams and sorbets made with our produce we work in collaboration with local businesses to celebrate the best of Surrey.

Village Greens Farm Shop, Ockley

We are so excited to be finalists in the awards. What a challenging year this has been! Our staff have been amazing and I am delighted that our customers feel that we have been there for them, continuing to provide local food to the local community in a safe and friendly if rather different way!

• Butcher of the Year

Ben’s Butchery, Epsom

We are extremely passionate about offering great customer service and a totally unique eating experience. We work closely with all our suppliers and farmers so we can specialise in locally sourced, ethically raised, rare breeds such as Belted Galloway beef from the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Prince & Sons Family Butchers, Horsell

Based in the heart of Horsell, Prince and Son’s are a traditional family run butchers with a modern twist. Offering top quality meats with an exceptional service, we are proud to have been serving our community for almost 10 years, and are delighted to be finalists in this year’s awards!

The Butcher in the Wood, Hinchley Wood

We are truly overwhelmed to be nominated for this award and I can’t thank our wonderful customers enough for their support and loyalty since we opened our doors three years ago. This nomination is a testament to the passion, skill and dedication of my brilliant team and our ability to blend tradition with unique innovation, whilst providing the highest level of personalised customer service to a fantastic local community.

• Food Producer of the Year

Bramble Farm Turkeys, West Horsley

We are extremely passionate about offering great customer service and a totally unique eating experience. We work closely with all our suppliers and farmers so we can specialise in locally sourced, ethically raised, rare breeds such as Belted Galloway beef from the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Dylans Ice Cream, Haslemere

Dylan’s Ice Cream, based in Haslemere only produce ice cream that is made from fresh local ingredients. They work with the local community who have provided them with the ingredients to make amazing, flavoursome unique ice cream flavours. Some of the best have been gooseberry, rowan berry, cucamellon, blackcurrant as well as traditional favourites made from scratch such as honeycomb and cookie dough.

The Goldfinch Kitchen, Horsell

This uniquely artistic cake designer, known for seriously delicious cakes featuring home-grown edible flowers and seasonal fruits, has quickly established The Goldfinch Kitchen as the go-to creator of naturally beautiful, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes. “I’m incredibly proud to be a Finalist and thrilled that the business has been recognised!”

• Drinks Producer of the Year

Distillers of Surrey, Ripley

We were thrilled to hear that we are finalists in this year’s Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards! The global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly bought its challenges to our family and our business, with a real impact being felt as events were cancelled. However, we are looking forward to opening our new Ripley-based distillery in the coming months and look forward to welcoming customers there. Thank you for our nomination.

Silent Pool Distillers, Albury

We’re delighted to have been nominated for the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2020. Although 2020 has been a challenging year for us, we’ve received incredible support from the local community and for that we are truly grateful. We were so glad that we could provide some support in return by providing hand sanitisers throughout this difficult period.

Thurstons Brewery, Horsell

Thurstons Brewery is delighted to be nominated for the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards in 2020. Since it was first established in 2013, this independent brewery’s ethos has been very simply to produce some great beer for the discerning drinkers of Surrey, served through some of the county’s excellent pubs. Thank you for the nomination.

• Best Local Food/Drink Initiative

Sponsored by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers

SocialMix, Cobham

SocialMix has more than 15 years of experience in the industry serving high quality drinks as a mobile cocktail bar/events service. But, like many, we were hit hard by Covid and bookings diminished overnight, we had to think quickly, and this is where our deliverable ‘Locktails’ were born. Ready-made cocktails in jam jars delivered to your door – business boomed, and it is an experience we will never forget.

The Greenhill Mobile Bar

The Greenhill Mobile Bar is a fleet of Rice Horsebox trailers which have been beautifully renovated to create modern, stylish mobile bars. Covid has seen our entire 2020 calendar of events cancelled. We have relished the challenge to pivot the business and we are delighted to feature as a finalist.

The Surrey Coffee Company, Walton-on-Thames

With permission from Elmbridge Council, we continued to stay open selling fruit, veg and household essentials, this allowed us to continue trading and give back to the community that has supported us. We posted videos daily detailing what we had in stock and provided a delivery service to those who were vulnerable and effected by COVID-19. Creating community spirit when people felt isolated was the sole goal and we couldn’t be prouder to have helped.

• Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience

Caper & Berry, Godalming

As an events catering company, we quickly diversified, firstly by providing almost 10,000 meals for our key workers in Royal Surrey County Hospital and vulnerable people in the local area, then by expanding our offering to home deliveries of The Weekender. It is an absolute honour to have been nominated by our loyal customers, their encouraging words and their love for The Weekender.

McLaren Fine Foods, West Byfleet

From delivering fresh produce and luxury treats throughout lockdown, we’ve now made more than 2,500 deliveries across Surrey in just five months and are about to open a fine foods farm shop specialising in local produce. Being recognised and nominated by customers and our community is an incredible achievement for us!

The Little Indian Kitchen, Addlestone

The Little Indian Kitchen specialises in real, authentic home-style Indian food. We are delighted and honoured to be a finalist this year – truly showing how local communities have come together to support small local businesses like ours during these particularly testing times. We have loved every minute of it – from prepping to cooking to home deliveries!

• Sustainability Initiative Award

Sponsored by WeAreWoking

Eden Greens Urban Farm, Woking

Eden Greens started in Surrey as an initiative to grow sustainable, healthy microgreens within our community. Microgreens are young vegetables, ready to harvest within 14 days of planting and contain all the vital nutrition that the grown vegetable would contain at maturity. We are as low impact on the environment as possible, through a climate controlled growing environment, using exact water requirements, less food miles, reusable jars and kits to grow your own microgreens.

Good Living Brew Co., Horsell

We are very passionate about sustainability – so much so that we use a waste ingredient to make our delicious beer. We are beyond thrilled that our customers voted for us to be finalists in this really important category.

Love from Lila xx, Camberley

Coming up to my fifth anniversary in business, I’ve spent a long time improving our sustainability and speaking about the importance of sustainable food at weddings, celebrations and events through my website and social media. So to have that recognised and be a finalist for sustainability is such fantastic news!

• Customer Service Award

Boz’s Fruit & Veg, Woking

We have just experienced the hardest time due to the pandemic. As a grocery business we were extremely busy. The whole team at Boz’s handled this situation extremely well. Their customer service was outstanding knowing a lot of our customers would be looking forward to their shopping experience. For many it was their only trip out and friendly chat they would have had in days!

Café Chai, Banstead

Chai are both humbled and ecstatic to be chosen as finalists in these prestigious awards. We genuinely adore our customers, their children and pups; we have focused on creating a warm and welcoming hub for everyone to relax in our beautiful county. Our aim is to make a difference.

Halloumi Bite, Thames Ditton

Halloumi Bite is a family-run business created to deliver exceptional service and great quality food. Being recognised by the local community in these awards gives us the strength to continuing delivering what we do best. Halloumi Bite is a purpose-fitted, vintage style food truck, serving authentic Greek food to local communities, offices, fairs and private events.

• Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Scattergoods

Mohssine El Faddi, Kinghams Restaurant, Guildford

It’s an honour to be a Chef of the Year finalist. We pride ourselves on food that reflects passion and originality, sourcing local produce and award-winning suppliers. My Moroccan heritage inspires my personal style and Kinghams’ contemporary menus. I am proud of the team’s dedicated work ethic and wonderful customer support which enabled us to survive lockdown!

Sylvia Perera, The Colombo Kitchen, Worcester Park

Head chef Sylvia Perera is the passion and driving force behind the success of Colombo Kitchen Restaurant. With years of culinary experience, she delivers authentic, fresh flavours with spices sourced from Sri Lanka. We are delighted to be a finalist in this prestigious award and we are grateful to our customers for nominating us and believing in our food, holding it to such high standards.

Valentino Gentile, The White Horse, Hascombe

I am extremely proud to be nominated once again as a finalist for Chef of The Year and would like to thank everyone for their continued support through these challenging times. We are delighted to be open again and continue to strive and provide our customers with great food and service.

• Pride of Surrey

Sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced in the December issue.

Keep up to date at: foodawards.surreylife.co.uk | @SurreyLife | #SLFDA

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