Taste-buds set tingling with tourism awards focus on food
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.