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Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2013: The Winners

PUBLISHED: 13:58 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 February 2014

Guests enjoying the event at Foxhills

Guests enjoying the event at Foxhills

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The first ever Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards brought the cream of our local food and drink crop to the beautiful Foxhills resort in Ottershaw. Nominees, sponsors and guests enjoyed a Champagne reception and three-course meal created by Foxhills’ executive chef David Hanlon, before BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen hosted the awards themselves. This year’s award winners can be found below...

SURREY LIFE FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2013

Sponsored by Ashtead Hospital

In association with Foxhills

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CHEF OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Brooklands Hotel

Kristy and Fernando Stovell @ Stovells in Chobham

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BEST FARM SHOP

Sponsored by NFU Mutual

Fanny’s Farm Shop near Merstham

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TEA/COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Great Big Event Company

Pinnock’s Coffee House in Ripley

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FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Art Agency

Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham

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PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Yorkstone Supplies

The Jolly Farmers in Buckland near Reigate

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RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Good Time Guide

Kinghams in Shere

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BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

Sponsored by Glutton and Glee

Surbiton Farmers’ Market in Maple Road, Surbiton

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INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ashtead Hospital

The Vineking in Reigate and Weybridge

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BEST LOCAL MENU

Sponsored by Surrey Hills Enterprises

The Jolly Farmers in Buckland near Reigate

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SURREY LIFE FOOD & DRINK HERO

Sponsored by Tillings Cafe

A community kitchen garden project that began life in West Horsley in 2010, Grace & Flavour successfully brought life back a walled garden on National Trust Land at Dene Place.

Crops grown at the allotments are distributed to the volunteers working there, sold through local retailers and 10% are set aside for free distribution to those in the local community who do not have easy access to fresh produce.

As well as the community garden, where everyone works together, in 2011 26 private allotments were also released to the public - the first plant was a gooseberry bush.

Since then, the project has recruited close to 200 volunteers - both first-time growers and gardening gurus.

A not-for-profit enterprise, Grace & Flavour also addresses ecology concerns about the distance that our food has to travel from farm to plate. The project is committed to organic principles of cultivation.

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The Panel

Our finalists were selected from the most voted for Surrey Life readers’ favourites by an expert panel. Those casting their eyes across the entries were…

Matthew Williams

Assistant editor at Surrey Life 
and food and drink writer

Jane Garrett

Freelance journalist with a 
special interest in Surrey’s 
rural community

Louise Johncox

Surrey Life’s On the Tea Shop 
Trail columnist and avid foodie

Kenneth Bare

Event organiser and director of Surrey Hills Enterprises

Gareth Snow

Surrey Life advertisement manager

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