Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Cheshire Life - - Editor’s Letter - KATIE MULLOY Ed­i­tor, Cheshire Life

Ican, with­out much de­lib­er­a­tion or de­bate, tell you the best meals I’ve ever eaten. There was the ocean-side Spaghetti Von­gole on Italy’s Amalfi Coast af­ter which my now-hus­band, then-boyfriend pro­posed. There was the gi­ant pep­per­oni pizza in New York’s Lit­tle Italy; a some­how soft-yetcrispy, to­mato-drip­ping paragon of ev­ery­thing a great pizza should be. The afore­men­tioned hus­band still goes on about it four years later.

A decade or more be­fore ei­ther of those, there was the rack of lamb and triple chocolate dessert in a farm­house court­yard, down a dirt track in Portugal. My par­ents, my sis­ter and me. My sis­ter was near­ing the end of her teens and it would be one of the last fam­ily hol­i­days we’d take to­gether. Now that our fa­ther has gone and that fam­ily-of-four is no more, it is how I re­mem­ber our dy­namic. Re­laxed, con­tent, laugh­ing as the sun set be­hind the ter­ra­cotta walls and or­ange groves beyond.

I don’t think it’s any sur­prise that my favourite food memories all hap­pened abroad. A great hol­i­day and a great meal have much the same ef­fect on you; your senses are height­ened, you’re keen for discovery, you want to savour ev­ery de­li­cious mo­ment.

And so it’s ap­pro­pri­ate I’d say that both fea­ture in this is­sue. Firstly, let us take care of the hol­i­day el­e­ment. We’re blessed by many things in Cheshire; one that I count of­ten is our prox­im­ity to the glo­ri­ous North Wales coast­line. Sweeping sands and sparkling wa­ters are just a cou­ple of hours

away. So en­joy this month’s North Wales Spe­cial – if, like me, you plan your trav­els based on what eatery to visit next, you’ll find plenty of in­spi­ra­tion. The area is a gas­tro­nomic gold mine. Which is why it de­serves a cat­e­gory all of its own in our an­nual Cheshire Life Food & Drink Awards. In this is­sue we an­nounce the 30 shortliste­d fi­nal­ists of 2019. Consider it your ul­ti­mate guide to the very best places to eat and drink in Cheshire. The win­ners of each cat­e­gory – as well as a few spe­cial, on-the-night ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing Chef of the Year – will be an­nounced at our awards cer­e­mony on July 15th. Find out if your favourite won on the night via our so­cial me­dia chan­nels, or bet­ter yet, join us (see below for de­tails) at the stun­ning Nun­smere Hall to eat, drink and cel­e­brate. It’ll be one for the mem­ory box, for sure.

Want to be at the Cheshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2019? There are still a few tick­ets left to join us at Nun­smere Hall, near Tar­por­ley, on Mon­day 15th July. You can book yours by con­tact­ing clare.wod­hams@archant.co.uk. The ticket price of £85 plus Vat in­cludes a gin and fizz drinks re­cep­tion plus a four-course din­ner with wine.

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