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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is a multi award winning chocolatier with tea rooms producing handmade, small batch, Belgian treats.
The Boskins, Church Road, Tarleton, PR4 6UP
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
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
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
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
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
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