Lincoln businesses praised in county food awards

The county’s best growers, producers and culinary businesses were recognised at the 2014 Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards.

The 13 category winners collected their certificates at a ceremony held at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa on February 6.

Among local businesses to scoop top prizes were The Green Room Restaurant at the Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln Minster School, The Dairy Barn in Ingham and Hemswell Court.

In the People’s Choice category, organisers received over 600 recommendations through a public vote.

The winning business, Mountain’s Boston Sausage, gained 151 votes.

Receiving ‘highly commended’ in the People’s Choice awards were lincoln-based Angel’s Desserts and The Lincoln Hotel also received ‘highly commended’ for their category.

The annual awards are run by Select Lincolnshire for Food, who commend the businesses and people behind the county’s billion pound food and farming industry

The ceremony was delivered by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council.

The awards were sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative, Roythornes Solicitors and Lincolnshire Showground.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “My congratulations go to all the winners at this year’s Select Lincolnshire Awards.

“We think Lincolnshire’s food and drink is worth shouting about, and these awards are an important way of celebrating the best the county has to offer.

“We’ll continue to do all we can to spread the message far and wide, strengthening our reputation as one of the UK’s top food spots.”

Gillian Richardson, Business Development Manager for Select Lincolnshire for Food, added: “The panel of judges found it a real challenge deciding on the winners because the competition was so tough and the quality of entries grows each year.

“Winning such a prestigious county award is a great achievement. I would like to thank all the businesses for the valued contribution they make to Lincolnshire’s renowned food, drink and hospitality industry.”

The winners

The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative

Winner: Mountain’s Boston Sausage

Runners up:

– Village Limits, Woodhall Spa

– Angels Desserts, Lincoln

The Mr George Award for outstanding contribution to Lincolnshire’s food and farming industry

Winner: Eric Phipps

Select Lincolnshire Producer of the Year, sponsored by Roythornes Solicitors

Winner: Redhill Farm, Gainsborough

Highly Commended:

– R J Hirst Family Butchers, Woodhall Spa

– Handson’s Butchers, Boston

Select Lincolnshire Grower of the Year, sponsored by Lincolnshire Showground

Winner: Strawberry Fields, Boston

Highly Commended:

– R H Lamyan, Grantham

– Fulbeck Farms, Grantham

Select Lincolnshire Retailer, or Wholesaler, of the Year

Winner: Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop and Cafe, Gainsborough

Highly Commended:

– Greens of Lincolnshire (Market Rasen BIG) Market Rasen

– Manor Farm Shop, Boston

Select Lincolnshire Tea Room of the Year 

Winner: Pooley’s Tea Room, Scunthorpe

Highly Commended:

– The Place, Barton upon Humber

– Gainsborough Old Hall

Select Lincolnshire Pub of the Year

Winner: The Sebastopol Inn, Minting

Highly Commended:

– The Wheatsheaf Inn, Boston

– The Thornton Hunt Inn, North Lincolnshire

Select Lincolnshire Restaurant of the Year 

Winner: The Green Room, at The Lincoln Hotel

Highly Commended:

– Village Limits, Woodhall Spa

– The Queens Head, Louth

– The Ball House, Boston

Select Lincolnshire Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Winner: Caxton House, Skegness.

Highly Commended:

– Canal View Bed and Breakfast, Saxilby

– The Grange, at East Barkwith

Select Lincolnshire Self-Catering Establishment of the Year

Winner: The Diary Barn, Ingham

Highly Commended:

– Fulbeck Gardens Cottage, Grantham

– Elms Farm Cottages, Boston

Select Lincolnshire Hotel of the Year

Winner: The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.

Highly Commended:

The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln.

The Olde Barn Hotel, Grantham.

Select Lincolnshire Teaching Establishment of the Year

Winner: Lincoln Minster School, Lincoln

Highly Commended:

Manor House Stables, Martin, Woodhall Spa.

Red Hen Children’s Day Nursery, Louth.

Select Lincolnshire Caterer and Function Venue of the Year

Winner: Hemswell Court, Gainsborough

Highly Commended:

– The Olde Barn Hotel, Grantham

– Elms Farm Cottages, Boston