Food heroes from across the county gathered at Sandy Park, Exeter, for the 15th Devon Life Food and Drink Awards
Devon’s fabulous food and drink scene was celebrated in style at our glittering Food and Drink Awards ceremony.
Some 250 guests attended the black-tie dinner, enjoying Salcombe Gin, Lily Farm Sparkling Raleigh Brut 2015 and a selection of Luscombes juices before the meal.
Sandy Park head chef Craig Beacham’s team produced a memorable meal featuring monkfish, venison and apples which was served with red and white wine from Pebblebed Vineyard.
The meal was followed by the presentation of awards by compere Paul Nero of Radio Exe.
It was a good night for the North Devon village of Appledore, where delicatessen Johns of Appledore was named Independent Retailer of the Year and the nearby Coffee Cabin was crowned Tea/coffee Shop of the Year. To top it all Dan Garnett – who as Dan the Fish Man champions the fish landed at Appledore fish dock – was named the Devon Life Food Hero.
Also celebrating was the team from the Cadeleigh Arms near Tiverton which was not only named Pub of the Year but saw its chef Nicholas Hack named Chef of the Year.
And it was an emotional night for Peter Mundy of Bampton’s acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms The Ginger Peanut. He dedicated his award for Best Newcomer to his late father.
A chocolate brownie from Exeter’s Bon Goût deli was named the county’s best food product – and why not wash it down with a cider from Sandford Orchards, our Drinks Product of the Year?
Other winners were the Fremington Quay Café, The Seahorse in Dartmouth, Just like Mumma’s in Plymouth, Hotel Endsleigh and Taw River Dairy.