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2013 Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards


The Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards celebrates all that is great about our local food and drink industry, and gives valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues across the region.

In a fantastic evening ceremony at Down Hall Country House Hotel, an impressive Italianate mansion, the winners of all categories were finally revealed.

Following the public nominations and a judging proces the winners of this year's categories were announced.

...and the winners are:


Chef of the Year: Jahdre Hayward from the Haywards at Epping

Essex Producer of the Year: Fairfield Farm Crisps, Wormingford

Pride in Essex Award: Maldon Sea Salt

Restaurant of the Year: The White Hart, Great Yeldham

Farm Shop of the Year: Blackwells Farm Shop, Coggeshall

Fork to Field Award: Crofters Wine Bar, Witham

Coffee or Tea Shop of the Year: Scruptious Tearooms, Great Dunmow

Best Community Pub of the Year: The Old Crown, Messing

Customer Service Award: Ananta Thai Food Restaurant, Wicken Bonhunt

Best Essex Roast Dinner of the Year: The Braserie at Wivenhoe House, Colchester

Best Family Dining Experience of the Year: Seasons, Woodford Green

Destination Dining of the Year: Dedham Boathouse Restaurant, Dedham


Well done to all winners of the 2013 Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards.


Essex County Council
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