Essex Life - - Food & Drink -

Judge: David Burch Spon­sor: Kings Oak Highly Com­mended: Han­ning­field Smoke House Highly Com­mended: Hay­man Distillers, Witham Win­ner: Wib­blers Brew­ery, Witham


We are so over­whelmed and shocked to have won this award. We are a fam­ily busi­ness which tries to make good beer and cider and pro­mote Es­sex. We love what we do and we love where we live. The recog­ni­tion of this award is phe­nom­e­nal. Es­sex is a big county and there are things we can do lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, but to have the recog­ni­tion of the whole of Es­sex is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. This is us, we are Es­sex. This award will push us more lo­cally. But for Es­sex to say we are the best in Es­sex for 2015 is un­be­liev­able. It il­lus­trates what we do. We are go­ing to put it up on the man­tle piece. Thank you to ev­ery­one.


The win­ner of the Pride of Es­sex cat­e­gory is a busi­ness that has grown from small be­gin­nings into some­thing that has real po­ten­tial for the fu­ture. They started off in a very small way, in fact al­most as a hobby, but were en­cour­aged to take it fur­ther un­til it be­came a full-time busi­ness. They use lo­cally sourced raw in­gre­di­ents wher­ever pos­si­ble and re­cy­cle some of their waste prod­ucts as an­i­mal feed for a lo­cal farm. Their prod­ucts can be found in lo­cal shops across the county as well as other more spe­cial­ist out­lets and they pro­duce a wide va­ri­ety of their sta­ple pro­duce. Such has been their suc­cess that they are now look­ing to re­lo­cate to a big­ger and bet­ter unit. All of our en­trants well and truly met the cri­te­ria for this award, which made judg­ing dif­fi­cult, but this busi­ness seemed to go just that ex­tra mile to be the Pride of Es­sex. They are that busi­ness with the some­what strange but ap­pro­pri­ate name, Wib­blers Brew­ery.

Jeremy Wil­cox, Oliver Har­ris, Philip Wil­cox, Abby Wil­cox, Bob Dowsett and Linzi Pol­lard

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