2018 Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards Winners

Culinary stars from across Lancashire and the Lake District were hailed at the 2018 Lancashire Life & Lake District Like Food and Drink Awards staged at Ribby Hall Village on the Fylde.

The event, hosted by TV and radio presenter Andy Crane, attracted more than 300 guests who gathered in the Woodlands Suite to hear who had won the top prizes in a dozen hotly fought categories.

The main award, for chef of the year, went to Mark Birchill, who has just picked up two Michelin stars for his stunning Moor Hall restaurant at Aughton in West Lancashire. His casual dining restaurant, The Barn, also won the best newcomer award, Steven Smith’s Freemasons at Wiswell was the restaurant of the year and the top Lake District award went to The Samling near Windermere.

Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year Sponsored by The Porsche Centre, Preston
Winner: The Cartford Inn
Jean Juma, Chris Bury, Danny Ellridge and Danny Smythe collected the award from sponsor, Amy Lancaster

Lancashire Life Chef of the Year Sponsored by Total Foodservice
Winner: Mark Birchall
flanked here by host, Andy Crane (left) and sponsor, Simon Howarth

Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards at Ribby Hall

 

The Winners

1.Lancashire Life Family Dining of the Year Sponsored By Whitehouse Event Crockery

 

Winner: Miaitalia

2.Lancashire Life Independent Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses

Winner: Bowland Food Hall at Holmes Mill

 

 3.Outstanding Customer Service. Sponsored by The Menu

Winner: Quite Simply French

 

4.Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year Sponsored by The Porsche Centre, Preston

Winner: The Cartford Inn

 

 5.Lake District Dining Excellence of the Year Sponsored by Slingsby Gin

 Winner: The Samling Hotel

 

 6.Lancashire Life Food or Drink Product of the Year Sponsored by Ribby Hall Village

Winner: Industrial Strength Gin, Batch

 

7.Lancashire Life Food Hero of the Year Sponsored by Better with Jam

Winner: Graham Wilkinson at Kendal College

 

8.Lancashire Life Tearoom/Café of the Year Sponsored by Hospitality Action

Winner: Greendale Café

 

 9.Lancashire Life Newcomer of the Year Sponsored by Hallgarten and Novum Wines

Winner: The Barn at Moor Hall

 

10.Lancashire Life Restaurant with Rooms Sponsored by Pennington Coffee

Winner: The Punch Bowl Inn

 

11.Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Stephensons Catering Equipment

Winner: Freemasons at Wiswell

 

12.Lancashire Life Chef of the Year Sponsored by Total Foodservice

Winner: Mark Birchall