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 Tea Rooms, 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.