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Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016: The finalists

12:54 04 October 2016

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016


The foodie class of 2016 is a mighty mix this year and with more nominations and newcomers than ever before, it promises to be a nail-biting finish for the 33 finalists in 11 categories #kentfda

Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Clive Emson land & property auctioneers

Sulston’s Kitchen, Tonbridge

Who: Ben and Kirsty Sulston

What: Independent healthy food takeaway, tagline: ‘nutritious but always delicious’

Contact: 07766 317 676 or sulstonskitchen@gmail.com

Debonair Tea Company, Hythe

Who: Louisa Latham and Philip Johnson

What: Independent traders and brewers of quality loose leaf tea, hand-blended in Kent.

Contact: 01303 238093 or info@debonairtea.co.uk

Whits of Walmer, Walmer

Who: Eva and Steve Whitney

What: Restaurant by the sea offering locally sourced fish and shellfish

Contact: 01304 368881 or info@whits.co.uk

Sulston's Kitchen, TonbridgeSulston's Kitchen, Tonbridge


Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by The Foxhunter Park

Whits of Walmer, Walmer

Who: Eva and Steve Whitney

What: Restaurant by the sea offering locally sourced fish and shellfish

Contact: 01304 368881 or info@whits.co.uk

Read’s, Faversham

Who: Rona and David Pitchford

What: Restaurant with rooms set in a Georgian manor

Contact: 01795 535344 or enquiries@reads.com

West House, Biddenden

Who: Graham and Jackie Garrett

What: Michelin-starred, small family run restaurant set in a 15th-century weaver’s cottage

Contact: 01580 291341 or westhouse@btconnect.com

Whits of Walmer, WalmerWhits of Walmer, Walmer


Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Eastwell Manor

The Compasses Inn, Crundale

Who: Rob and Donna Taylor

What: 14th-century country pub, AONB setting, fine food based on locally sourced ingredients

Contact: 01227 70030 or compassesinncrundale@gmail.com

Tyler’s Kiln, Canterbury

Who: Allister Collins

What: Village pub at the heart of the community serving traditional home cooked food in a technology-enhanced environment. See also page 75.

Contact: 01227 471912 or talktous@thetylerskiln.co.uk

The Cock Inn, Boughton Monchelsea

Who: David Whitehurst

What: Find country cooking with a twist in this 16th-century inn’s 42-seater restaurant.

Contact: 01622 743166

The Cock Inn, Boughton MonchelseaThe Cock Inn, Boughton Monchelsea


Drink Producer of the Year

Anno Distillers, Marden

Who: Dr Andrew Reason, Kim Reason and Dr Norman Lewis (pictured)

What: Kent’s first micro-distillery and the first to distil gin in the county for 200 years

Contact: 01622 833278 or info@annodistillers.co.uk

Biddenden Vineyard

Who: Julian and Sally Barnes

What: Kent’s original commercial vineyard, producing award-winning wines, ciders and juices

Find out more: 01580 291726 or info@biddendenvineyards.co.uk

Little Stour Orchard, Canterbury

Who: Sarah and Michael Bowers

What: Grow three popular varieties of English apple - Discovery, Cox and Bramley - which are used to make its own apple juice and cider.

Contact: info@littlestourorchard.co.uk

Anno Distillers, MardenAnno Distillers, Marden


Farmshop of the Year

M B Farm Shop, Stockbury

Who: Angela and Nick Brown

What: Serves everything from everyday groceries to speciality foods and wines

Contact: 01795 842401 or info@mbfarms.co.uk

Hadlow College Farm Shop, Hadlow

Who: Dave Hammond

What: Offers Hadlow-reared meat (lamb, beef and poultry), eggs from Princess Christian’s Farm site, fresh fruit and veg.

Contact: dave.hammond@hadlow.ac.uk or 07970 565407

Lower Hardres, Canterbury

Who: Cara Kemp

What: Local fruit, veg and cheeses, in-house butchers, PYO fruit in summer, wine, beer and local ciders.

Contact: 01227 700947 or info@lowerhardresfarmshop.co.uk

M B Farm Shop, StockburyM B Farm Shop, Stockbury


Café of the Year

Sponsored by K Sports

The Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge

Who: Clare Barton

What: Café and artisan bakery in a distinctive, timber-framed Grade II listed building with a menu ranging from breakfast to light lunches and afternoon teas, coffee from a small-batch artisan roaster based in South London.

Contact: 01732 360 382 or info@thebakehouse124.co.uk

Finch House, Tonbridge

Who: Daron Goldfinch

What: Independently owned café with a menu of home-made fresh food, artisan coffee roasted to its own recipe and in-house baked cakes and brownies (gluten and dairy-free options available). Now has a branch in Orpington.

Contact: 01732 771775 or daron@finchhouse.co.uk

Gallery Kitchen Café at Creek Creative, Faversham

Who: Anne McLaren

What: Offers light lunches, cakes, barista coffee and Fair Trade and locally-made herbal teas, all freshly prepared/cooked to order on the premises; gluten-free and dairy-free options available.

Contact: 01795 535515 or info@creek-creative.org.

The Bakehouse at 124, TonbridgeThe Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge


Chef of the Year

Sponsored by The Canterbury Auction Galleries

Graham Garrett, The West House, Biddenden

Who: Former rock musician, now chef-patron with a Michelin star he’s held since 2004, just two years after buying The West House.

Contact: 01580 291341 or westhouse@btconnect.com

Marcin Szelag, Rocksalt, Folkestone

Who: Head Chef at Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt since 2014, previously with Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s

Contact: 01303 212070 or marcin@rocksaltfolkestone.co.uk

Rob Taylor, The Compasses Inn, Canterbury

Who: Licensee and head chef at this award-winning pub

Contact: 01227 700 300 or compassesinncrundale@gmail.com

Rob Taylor, The Compasses InnRob Taylor, The Compasses Inn


Food Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Maserati Motorline

Simply Ice Cream, Ashford

Who: Sally Newall

What: Range of ice creams made by hand in small batches using natural, locally sourced ingredients where possible, home-made flavours, free from additives or preservatives.

Contact: 01233 720922 or info@simplyicecream.co.uk

Sylvia and Terry Fine Kentish Chocolates, Dymchurch

Who: Sally Cook

What: Fine chocolates that combine locally produced Kentish cream and butter with seasonal ingredients, made by hand in the traditional artisan way

Contact: 07515 806954 or sally@sylviaandterry.com

Kent Collection, Cranbrook

Who: Paulo Rigolli and Dalton Hopper

What: Smokehouse and hand-made traditional artisan charcuetrie

Contact: 01580 714978 or kentcateringltd@gmail.com

Sally Newall, Simply Ice Cream, AshfordSally Newall, Simply Ice Cream, Ashford


Customer Service of the Year

Sponsored by Fenwick Canterbury

Creek Creative, Faversham; Gallery Kitchen Café at Creek Creative, Faversham

Who: Anne McLaren

What: Offers light lunches, cakes, barista coffee and Fair Trade and locally-made herbal teas, all freshly prepared/cooked to order on the premises; gluten-free and dairy-free options available.

Contact: 01795 535515 or info@creek-creative.org

Hendricks of Hythe, Hythe

Who: Tamsin Cullen

What: Kent-based chocolaterie specialising in hand-rolled and moulded truffle chocolates.

Contact: 01303 311095 or henry@hendricksofhythe.co.uk

Bean Rush, West Malling

Who: Jenny Lonergan

What: Tiny, busy gourmet sandwich and coffee shop, particularly popular for its breakfasts, big on local sourcing (owner is ex-Farmers Market stallhholder).

Contact: 01732 874477

Creek Creative, Faversham; Gallery Kitchen Café at Creek Creative, FavershamCreek Creative, Faversham; Gallery Kitchen Café at Creek Creative, Faversham


Independent Food or Drink Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Clinics

Ian Chatfield Butchers, Tonbridge

Who: Ian Chatfield

What: Butchery shop, quality meats supplied from local farms and wild game in season.

Contact: 01732 354733 or info@ianchatfield.co.uk

Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham

Who: Rosie Collins

What: Family run business with Italian roots selling fruit and veg with the emphasis on quality and price

Contact: 01795 534497 or marketing@macknade.com

Green Door Deli, Herne Bay

Who: Shane Gausten

What: Café and deli specialising in coffee, local cured meats, cheeses and sweet treats.

Contact: 07583 814370 or thegreendoordeli@hotmail.com

Ian Chatfield Butchers, TonbridgeIan Chatfield Butchers, Tonbridge


Farmers’ Market of the Year

Sponsored by Perrys Chartered Accountants

Elm Court Market, Gillingham

Who: Steve Wood

When: Held on the first Sunday of every month

Contact: 07876 785853 or info@elmcourtfarmersmarket.co.uk

West Malling Market

Who: Sandra Woodfall

When: Held on the fourth Sunday of every month

Contact: 07775 736116 or contact@myfarmersmarket.co.uk

Wye Market

Who: Sarah Mattocks

When: Every first and third Saturday of the month

Find out more: 07804 652156 or marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

Elm Court Market, GillinghamElm Court Market, Gillingham


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