The judges have been overwhelmed with the amount of nominations received. The quality has been outstanding and we are really pleased with the time and effort our readers have spent nominating their favourite businesses. All the finalists here today should feel very proud.

Hertfordshire Life recruited a panel of independent judges to visit and select the winners.

These awards recognize our vital Hertfordshire food and drink industry and give recognition to the producers, growers suppliers and hospitality venues in our wonderful county.

We know just how passionate Hertfordshire Life readers are when it comes to food and drink! Whether it be eating out, grabbing a coffee, nipping to the shop for essentials or going out for a drink,

 

Newcomer of the Year

Winner : Puddingstone Distillery

Highly Commended: Hampson Park Coffee Shop

Highly Commended: The Oak – Craig Oakley

Highly Commended: Three Piece Bar

 

Independent Café/Tea Room of the Year

Winner: Brewery Tea Rooms

Highly Commended: Beechwood Fine Foods

Highly Commended: Laura Kate

Highly Commended: Rosey Lea Cafe & Tearooms

 

Service to the Community Award

Winner: CookeryEatery

Highly Commended: Brewery Tearooms

Highly Commended: Coffee Ethic

 

Outstanding Customer Services Award

Winner : Brewery Tearooms

Highly Commended: Auberge du Lac

Highly Commended: The Alford Arms

 

Independent Retailer of the Year

Winner : Parker and Vine

Highly Commended: Bellalicious Cake Company

Highly Commended: Sarahs Simple Cakes

 

Pub of the Year

Winner : The Golden Fleece in Braughing

Highly Commended: Great Northern

Highly Commended: King’s Arms

Highly Commended: The Alford Arms

 

Restaurant of the Year

Winner : Dylans Kings Arms

Highly Commended: Auberge du Lac

Highly Commended: Bricklayers Arms

 

Best Local Industry Supplier

Winner : Hedges Farm Shop

Highly Commended: Bridget B’s Farm

Highly Commended: The Hessian Coffee Company

Best Product/ Producer

Winner : Farr Brew Ltd

Highly Commended: Bridget B’s Farm

Highly Commended: Puddingstone Gin Distillery

 

Family Dining Award

Winner : The Golden Fleece

Highly Commended: The Cricketers

Highly Commended: The Fox and Duck

 

Chef of the Year

Winner : Chad Rahman, Chez Mumtaj

Highly Commended: Matt Edmonds, Auberge du Lac

Highly Commended: Matthew Hill, The Grill Room Down Hall

 

Food and Drink Hero of the Year

Winner : Bridget B’s Farm

Highly Commended: Brewery Tearooms

Highly Commended: Jess, The Golden Fleece