Matt Austin

Food he­roes from across the county gath­ered at Sandy Park, Ex­eter, for the 15th Devon Life Food and Drink Awards

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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.

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