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Winners of the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:49 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 20 September 2016

Here we announce the finalists of this year's #SLFDA

Here we announce the finalists of this year's #SLFDA

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A record-breaking number of votes from Surrey Life readers and the general public meant that this year’s Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards judging panel has never had tougher decisions to make. Here we announce the winners

Our judges visited each of their three category finalists in recent weeks, before Surrey’s food and drink industry gathered at Foxhills, Ottershaw for a lavish black tie awards ceremony to discover who had won what. And the winners are...

With grateful thanks to our main event sponsor Partridge Muir & Warren

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Independent Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Art of Curry

The winner of this award had to consistently show an expert knowledge and an unrivalled passion for their trade

Click here to find out who won Independent Retailer of the Year

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Farm Shop of the Year

Sponsored by NFU Mutual, Oxted

A mouth-watering range of local produce, enticing layout, colourful characters and great customer service were all key for our top farm shop

Click here to find out who won Farm Shop of the Year

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Butcher of the Year

Sponsored by T&G Wholesale Meats Ltd

While much of the ‘old’ High Street has been swept away by the modern world, we were looking for a thriving butcher successfully plying their craft outside the shadow of the supermarket

Click here to find out who won Butcher of the Year

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Food and Drink Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Woking Food and Drink Festival

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. Our winner would offer a very special taste of Surrey

Click here to find out who won Food and Drink Producer of the Year

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Best Local Menu

Sponsored by Surrey Hills Enterprises

Sourced from Surrey! Exactly what it says on the, er, finest watermarked paper. We wanted to find a restaurant, pub or cafe that goes beyond the call of duty

Click here to find out who won Best Local Menu

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Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Guildford

This award was open to anyone in the food or drink industry who had started a new venture within the last 18 months

Click here to find out who won Newcomer of the Year

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Food and Drink Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by The Mandolay Hotel & Conference Centre

We were on the hunt for someone who has created a little food and drink magic!

Click here to find out who won Food and Drink Innovation of the Year

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Services to the Community

Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys

Here we were looking for food led initiatives that aim to inspire their local communities

Click here to find out who won Services to the Community

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Entertainment Venue of the Year

Sponsored by Bentley’s

We were looking for those venues that not only take their food and drink seriously but also have entertainment to match

Click here to find out who won Entertainment Venue of the Year

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Best Local Food Event

Sponsored by BBC Surrey

Whether it’s established or upcoming, we were looking for a farmers’ market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar with a little foodie magic

Click here to find out who won Best Local Food Event

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Best Family Dining

Sponsored by Box Hill School

The winner of this award would be a place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents and grandparents

Click here to find out who won Best Family Dining

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Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

Sponsored by Sussex Lighting

Whether looking for a traditional cream tea, exotic coffee or delicious cakes, taste was vitally important but cost, convenience and choice were also high on the list…

Click here to find out who won Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

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Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Guildford Tourist Information Centre

The winner of this category needed to stock local ales, have an inventive wine list and know exactly what is required to keep the regulars coming back

Click here to find out who won Pub of the Year

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Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Scattergood’s Agency

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

Click here to find out who won Restaurant of the Year

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Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Portmore Dental

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

Click here to find out who won Chef of the Year

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Pride of Surrey

Sponsored by Harley Street Skin Clinic

This special award recognises individuals who have promoted and worked with Surrey produce for a number of year – it’s the only award chosen purely by the judges

Click here to find out who won Pride of Surrey

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Congratulations to all the winners!

To find out more about the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2016 and our sponsors, head over to foodawards.surreylife.co.uk.

Were you at the awards night? Tweet us your pictures @SurreyLife with the hashtag #SLFDA.

Click here to take a look back at last year’s winners.

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