2016 Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards Winners

Undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the region’s calendar, the Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the region’s food and drink industry – including local producers and suppliers, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers, and people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment.

LANCASHIRE LIFE RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bowker BMW

WINNER

Nutters Restaurant

Flamboyant chef Andrew Nutter is a former Lancashire Life chef of the year and his gothic style restaurant just gets better.

Edenfield Rd, Rochdale, OL12 7TT

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Provenance

Relatively new on the scene, this restaurant and deli has been getting rave reviews for the locally sourced food from chefLewis Gallagher.

46-48 Market Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3AZ

Twelve

This is an established favourite run by Paul Moss and Caroline Upton serving modern European cooking in chic, contemporary surroundings

Marsh Mill Village, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4JZ

LANCASHIRE LIFE DINING PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Westholme School

WINNER

The White Swan at Fence

Plaudits from nationally known food critics have sent hungry customers racing to the White Swan and they haven’t been disappointed.

Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, BB12 9QA

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Clarence

Once a wreck of a town centre pub put back together with tender loving care and serving some exceptional food to adoring customers.

2 Silver Street, Bury, BL9 0EX

The Bay Horse Inn

A beautiful old country pub serving accomplished dishes from what looks like a ‘Who’s Who’ of top local producers.

Bay Horse Lane, Ellel, near Lancaster, LA2 0HR

LANCASHIRE LIFE HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Hipping Hall

A beautiful manor house on the north-eastern tip of Lancashire serving food packed with imagination, flavour and flair.

Cowan Bridge, near Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2JJ

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Café Grand

No ordinary hotel restauarant, Cafe Grand serves stylish modern British dishes with some clever European twists.

Grand Hotel, South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1NB

Nest

A top quality new menu and a revamped restaurant is already paying dividends with the awarding of its first AA rosette.

Bartle Hall Country Hotel, Lea Lane, Bartle, PR4 0HA

LAKE DISTRICT DINING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Sponsored by Robinsons

WINNER

Gilpin Hotel and Lakehouse

An oustandingly talented chef called Hrishikesh Desai has been the harbinger of a new era of excellence at Gilpin.

Crook Road, near Windermere, LA23 3NE

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Drunken Duck

Probably the best known gastro-pub in the Lake District and no wonder when you see the location and taste the food.

Barngates, Ambleside, LA22 0NG

Hooked

Few frills just excellent fresh fish cooked with loving care as well as influences from from the Far East and Australia.

Ellerthwaite Square, Windermere, LA23 1DP

LAKE DISTRICT DINING HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Punch Bowl Inn & Restaurant

WINNER

Forest Side

If the restaurant is a work of art, the plates produced by ace forager Kevin Tickle and his team are masterpieces

Keswick Road, Grasmere, LA22 9RN

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brossen Steakhouse

The chic dining room is a meaty paradise that will put a smile on the faces of guests who have spent a hard day on the fells.

Inn on the Square, Market Square, Keswick, CA12 5JF

The Oak Room

Our judges found imaginative food served up in lovely surroundings by a talented kitchen crew already with one AA rosette.

Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Roman Road, Appleby, CA16 6JB

CITY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

WINNER

El Gato Negro

A handsome restaurant that serves some of the best Spanish food found in the north. You could be in downtown Madrid.

52 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LY

HIGHLY COMMENDED

TNQ Restaurant and Bar

Accomplished chef Anthony Fielden creates bold, contemporary food from seasonal British produce to many rave reviews

108 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ

Fazenda

Hungry gauchos would love this restaurant where South America meets Manchester with an evening menu boasting 15 different prime cuts.

Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL

INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ten Acre

WINNER

Huntley’s Country Stores

A much loved Lancashire farm shop, food hall, restaurant and outlet business with an outstanding butchery department

Whalley Road, Samlesbury,PR5 0UN

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Choc Amor

This is a multi award winning chocolatier with tea rooms producing handmade, small batch, Belgian treats.

The Boskins, Church Road, Tarleton, PR4 6UP

Roaming Roosters

Well-known farm shop and bistro with exceptionally good grass-fed, free-range meat. Sample it on the spot at their smart bistro.

Barrowford Road, Higham, BB12 9ER

DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

WINNER

Bowland Brewery

A remarkable transformation since joining the James’ Places group with a stunning new HQ in a former Clitheroe mill.

Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB

HIGHLY COMMENDED

J. Atkinson & Co. Ltd

Local legends selecting the finest teas and coffees from around the world and roasting the beans in their stunning old shop.

10-12 China Street, Lancaster, LA1 1EX

The Old School Brewery

A fast growing reputation for the quality of its beers, OSB is the love child of two pals who started it as a hobby and gave birth to a business.

Crag Road, Warton, near Carnforth, LA5 9PL

TEAROOM/CAFE OF THE YEAR

WINNER

The Garden Kitchen

A stunning location in the wilds of Lancashire. It’s location can’t stop people beating a path to sample gorgeous teatime treats

Holden Clough Nursery, Bolton-by-Bowland, BB7 4PF

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ham and Jam

Relaxed city centre cafe run by people with a passion for local produce and support for the arts in Preston.

50 Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1DD

Lilibets

Cordon Bleu-trained chef Lilibet Connard has just reopened its pâtisserie and tea rooms to considerable delight among locals.

417 Lord St, Southport, PR9 0AG

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Kevin Tickle, The Forest Side, Grasmere

FOOD HERO OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by NFU Mutual

Peter Ascroft, H&P Ascroft Worthingtons Farm