Taste-buds set tin­gling with tourism awards fo­cus on food

Herald Express - - Business - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

TICK­ETS are now on sale for the most pres­ti­gious awards night of the year for South Devon’s tourism in­dus­try.

The cream of the area’s multi-mil­lion-pound tourism in­dus­try will be cel­e­brated at the glit­ter­ing fi­nal awards night for the 2018 Her­ald Ex­press South Devon Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards, pre­sented with our part­ners Wollen Michel­more.

You can join us on the night. For ticket de­tails check our web­site he­t­ourism.co.uk

Our As­so­ciate Edi­tor Jim Parker and BBC Spot­light’s Vic­to­ria Gra­ham will host the awards at the Riviera In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Torquay on Novem­ber 29.

Guest speaker on the night will be Hi­lary Bradt MBE, the founder and di­rec­tor of Bradt Travel Guides, the award-win­ning pub­lisher which has been cham­pi­oning un­usual des­ti­na­tions since 1974.

Hi­lary was awarded a MBE in 2008 for ser­vices to tourism and char­ity. She lives in Seaton.

Read­ers have un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, to vote for the Tourism Event or Fes­ti­val of the Year visit he­t­ouris­mawards.co.uk.

This week we turn the spot­light on food, look­ing at the fi­nal­ists in two more of the cat­e­gories.

CAFÉ, TEA­ROOM OR TAKE­AWAY OF THE YEAR

Ode & Co: All its food and drink is or­ganic and lo­cally sourced where pos­si­ble.

From the sour­dough pizza, fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of their spe­cial­ity cre­ated top­pings cooked in its be­spoke wood fired oven, to sal­ads, pas­tas, grills and more Ode of­fers a wide range of menu items for both lunch and din­ner.

Paign­ton Pier Chippy Co Ltd: Sit­u­ated in prime po­si­tion, dom­i­nat­ing the en­trance to Paign­ton Pier, it is the only tra­di­tional fish and chip take­away and restau­rant on Paign­ton seafront.

De­ter­mined to re­turn to the days of qual­ity fish and chips, its of­fers a smaller menu us­ing the best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents.

It only uses the best fish on the mar­ket us­ing Rammi pre­mium cod caught in sus­tain­able wa­ters by The Sol­berg trawler.

Salt­wa­ter Fish and Chips: Salt­wa­ter was es­tab­lished in 2015 and is a tra­di­tional fish and chip shop that fo­cuses on tak­ing things back to ba­sics by sell­ing the best qual­ity fish and chips us­ing the best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents avail­able.

You can eat in the 55-seater restau­rant/café or take away and en­joy your fish and chips soak­ing up the stun­ning views around Tor­bay.

The Old Pot­tery, House of Mar­bles: Set in the heart of The Old Pot­tery build­ings, the li­censed restau­rant prides it­self on serv­ing freshly pre­pared food, with pro­duce sourced lo­cally and sea­son­ally wher­ever pos­si­ble.

There is an ex­ten­sive list of wines, beers and soft drinks to com­ple­ment your pal­ette as well as scrump­tious cakes which are al­ways a win­ner. Its trained barista can also serve up a stun­ning cof­fee or flavoured tea from the many op­tions avail­able.

BISTRO, RESTAU­RANT OR GAS­TRO PUB OF THE YEAR SPON­SORED BY BLUE SEA FOOD COM­PANY

Be­low Decks is a beau­ti­ful seafood fam­ily din­ing restau­rant on Bea­con Quay, over­look­ing Torquay’s his­toric har­bour. It takes pride in sourc­ing lo­cal pro­duce, en­sur­ing the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents make it to your plate.

Blue 55 is a new and ex­cit­ing gourmet burger and gin bar.

Its aim is to sup­port lo­cal in­de­pen­dent farm­ers and pro­duc­ers and to de­liver de­li­cious tast­ing food with ex­cel­lent ser­vice in a re­laxed at­mos­phere.

Break­wa­ter Bistro is a Brix­ham restau­rant with mag­nif­i­cent panoramic sea views over the whole of Tor­bay.

A fam­ily-run bistro of­fer­ing the very best in ser­vice and at­mos­phere, with great, lo­cal pro­duce and drinks, what­ever the weather.

(New­ton Ab­bot) Es­tab­lished in 1990 in New­ton Ab­bot’s fash­ion­able Queen Street, The Eastern Eye is the orig­i­nal con­tem­po­rary In­dian restau­rant, re­spon­si­ble for re­defin­ing quin­tes­sen­tial In­dian cui­sine, by bring­ing to­gether au­then­tic flavours, re­flect­ing tra­di­tional recipes us­ing in­no­va­tive tech­niques, with world-class pre­sen­ta­tion.

Meat 59 has now been open for three-and-a-half years.

It hand makes all its food in­clud­ing starters, mains and desserts. Part of the ethos at Meat59 is us­ing only sup­pli­ers based in the South West.

Old Vi­enna Restau­rant is the only restau­rant with the Aus­trian touch in the West­coun­try. With more than 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence it draws from a wide range of clas­si­cal and mod­ern cui­sine and gives it an Aus­trian twist.

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