PUBLISHED: 09:15 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:32 30 August 2017



Last night the food and drink lovers of Cornwall congregated at for the . Here we announce the winners.

The awards recognised the county’s best producers, farmers, suppliers, venues and chefs and celebrated their passion and hard work in promoting the Cornwall brand.

From the hundreds of nominations received, it was clear just how passionate Cornwall Life readers are when it comes to their food and drink.

The Butcher of the Year award supports and celebrates local independent butchers and recognises their invaluable contribution to Cornwall’s food scene. Our readers couldn’t wait to tell us about their favourite local butchers and why they enjoyed shopping with them. We wanted to hear about the butchers who go above and beyond to source their meat from local farms and could tell you the best way to cook it.

This year’s finalists…


Primrose Herd was founded by Sally and Bill Lugg, who gave up their day jobs to follow their passion for rearing traditional rare breed pigs. Today Primrose Herd boasts its own on-site butchery and is proudly served in Cornwall’s top restaurants. One reader described their produce as: “Simply stunning rare breed pork with unreal flavour”.

Voters commended this butcher’s willingness to go above and beyond to ensure customers get exactly what they require when they visit the shop. They are passionate about local produce and are advocates for great environmental and ethical practices. Our readers liked that new and different cuts of meat are always on offer.

And the winner of Best Butcher at the Cornwall Life Food and Drink Awards 2016 is…

Readers praised the knowledgeable staff and the warm friendly welcome they received when visiting the team in Tywardreath. One reader said: “Try them and you will understand why I have written in; top class meats, top class service”. Not only did they make suggestions on how to prepare and cook specific cuts of meat, they could even tell you the best local, seasonal vegetables to serve alongside it.

The Best Independent Food Retailer of the Year award recognises the best independent retailers in the county; the businesses who are maintaining the traditions of bringing fabulous food and drink not only to our high streets, but to our door. We asked readers to tell us about their friendly local grocers, village stores, farm shops, bakers and more. We are therefore proud to say that all our finalists tonight have a genuine passion for their local food scene and actively support and promote it.

This year’s finalists…

Described as a “charming and delightful local shop” by our readers; Constantine Bay Stores opened its doors to the Cornish public as far back as 1925. Now under new management, this unique local shop stocks a wide range of locally sourced products; from fish, meat and vegetables to fresh ciders, beers, juices and wines.

Throughout more than 30 years of trading, Trevaskis Farm has stayed true to their ethos of local, by prioritising home-grown and home-reared produce. This friendly store also boasts a butcher, fishmonger, deli and a bakery.

And the winner of Best Independent Food Retailer at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…


Real Food Box champions traditional, local food that you can trust. The company was founded by Errol Warman, whose family have farmed at Trevilley Farm in Newquay for over 100 years. Real Food Box delivers local, fresh and delicious food right to your door. One reader told us that their children “literally jump out of bed to greet their box in the morning!”

The Food Product of the Year award is sponsored by . This award celebrates both the dedication and passion that goes into producing the mouth watering products nominated this evening, and the innovative food producers behind them.

This years finalists…

The Cornish Pie Company

The Cornish Pie Company is one of our newest finalists, though it is already making big waves throughout the county. Our readers raved about their products, which they described their products as the “Best pies in the southwest”. This family business based in Bude was founded by Jodie Weekes, and was summed up by one reader as “a little pie shop going big places.”

Described by our readers as the “greatest pasties in Cornwall,” Ann’s Pasties has firmly established itself as a Cornish staple, which is widely enjoyed throughout the county or in their stores in Helston and the Lizard.

And the winner of Best Food Product at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

The Award winning Duchy Charcuterie of Redruth is one of Cornwall’s leading producers of British air dried charcuterie. Using pork from their own farm and game from the finest Cornish estates, Marc and Louise put their heart and soul in to making the very best cured meats. Their Wagyu Bresaola was mentioned in almost every single vote cast by our readers and has been labelled incredible’, with a unique, delicious flavour’. One reader praised it as a “must for any foodie’s kitchen!”

One of our most competitive categories is the Best Tearoom/Coffee Shop of the Year award. Going by the number of nominations, our readers were rigorously tested and tasted across the whole county and it really is the cream of the crop that has made it here tonight.

This years finalists…

Rest A While Tea Garden

Situated along a beautiful coastal path at Hawkers Cove, with spectacular panoramic views out to sea, this tea garden was described by readers as truly charming with a fantastic selection of home made cakes and sandwiches as well as a wonderful afternoon tea. Our readers raved about the great choice of locally sourced products on the menu, served by one very friendly owner.

The Elm Tree Tearoom

The Elm Tree has been described by our readers as “a lovely, homely and friendly tea room with beautifully cooked cakes, with a welcoming team and a homely feel. The afternoon tea is described as wonderful, with lashings of cream and jam, as well as savoury cream teas for those with less of a sweet tooth.

And the winner of at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

Box & Barber Coffeehouse

Labelled innovative, progressive and unique, our readers described this up-and-coming barbershop come coffeehouse as their “favourite place to eat, drink and relax when they’re in Newquay.” The duo has made quite an impression, despite only opening to the public in April 2015 and in their own words, brothers Damian and Oliver Lucas-Box “produce quality food, speciality coffee and great haircuts.”

The Drinks Product of the Year award is sponsored by the . We were looking for a drink made by a Cornwall producer that captured the very essence of Cornwall and we weren’t disappointed.

This years finalists…

Having recently won Gold at the competition, Tarquin’s has been gaining attention far and wide for it’s handcrafted Cornish gin. A contemporary take on a classic London Dry, they use fragrant handpicked violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other. Readers describe their gin as simply perfect’.

After trading as fish merchants for many years, Kim and John Coulson decided they wanted a new adventure and after meeting an award-winning Cornish winemaker they decided to plant vines and create their own Cornish vineyard. They received an award for their very first Rose wine in 2006 and have continued to gain accolades since. Readers praised the hard work and craft that goes into their all-Cornish drinks and love the interesting varieties.

And the winner of at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

Smooth on the palette and velvety rich in the mouth, Wrecking Coast Distillery’s handcrafted, clotted cream gin delivers a distinctly Cornish flavour. Our readers described this gin as innovative and delicious- perfect in a gin and tonic or on ice.

 The Best Cornish Sunday Roast award celebrates one of the nation’s favourite dishes and one which Cornwall does so well. Whether it’s a pub, a hotel or a restaurant, we wanted our readers to tell us who they think is serving a cracking roast dinner with traditional trimmings, locally sourced meat and fresh seasonal vegetables.

This years finalists…

One reader said the roast here was the best they had ever tried, with different meats each week and amazing local vegetables perfectly prepared by the passionate chef/owner Tom.

The historic Old Inn & Restaurant offers a selection of Cornish meats, carved at your request. Readers raved about the variety of succulent meats, which were described as excellent. The Pork is a highlight, with one reader describing it as melt in the mouth deliciousness topped off with the crispiest crackling.

And the winner of at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

Amélies Restaurant Porthleven wowed our readers with a Sunday lunch experience like no other. A seafood restaurant might not be your first port of call for a delicious roast dinner, but Amelies innovative and unique take on this classic dish is a quintessentially Cornish experience. Relax and listen to live music as you enjoy a beautifully presented three-course Sunday lunch served with a homemade Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and real gravy.

The Best Restaurant/Fine Dining Experience of the Year award is sponsored by . Our readers looked for a dining experience that left them hungry for more; incomparable to anything else this county has to offer, with locally sourced produce, innovative, mouth-watering menus and a unique venue offering an atmosphere of excellence.

This years finalists…

No. 1 Rock Road boasts a menu full of locally landed fresh fish, succulent local meats and luscious seasonal vegetables and fruits grown and reared on their doorstep, from artisan breads and cheeses, to foraged foods plucked from Cornish hedgerows. Readers loved the location and describe the staff as extremely knowledgeable and efficient.

The Greenhouse, St Keverne

All the food in this small restaurant in St Keverne is organic, imaginatively cooked and beautifully presented. Owners Leonie and Neil are described as excellent and hard-working chefs, who have been independently running the restaurant for over 10 years. Readers described the food here as “consistently good and never pretentious,” with a menu that varies with the seasons, and is full of fresh, locally sourced produce. One reader described the Greenhouse as an exceptional dining experience enjoyed in laid-back luxury.’

And the winner of Best Restaurant/Dining Experience at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

This up-and-coming restaurant in Newquay was launched by hard-working chef Tom Mackins. Tom is passionate about creating dishes using only the highest quality local ingredients. Readers loved the unfussy, modern food and innovative flavour combinations.  One reader described the food at Chapter One as “an incredibly delicious work of art on a plate.”

This category was proven to be extremely popular with our readers –the award for Best Gastro Pub of the Year. Our readers to nominated establishments offering exceptional food and drink, and they did not disappoint us.

This years finalists…

Described by readers as welcoming and friendly with wholesome, delicious food, the Old School Bar & Kitchen is set on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast boasting spectacular panoramic views. The small but perfectly formed menu changes daily depending on what fresh local produce arrives in the kitchen. You’ll always find a Cornish lager on draught and a wide selection of wines to choose from.

Husband and Wife duo Tom and Katie took over this popular Truro watering hole almost two years ago, transforming it in to an award winning Cornish Gastro pub. Their small but perfectly formed menu changes daily depending on what fresh local produce arrives in the kitchen. You’ll always find a Cornish lager on draught and a wide selection of wines to choose from.

And the winner of Best Gastro Pub at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

According to our readers, people travel from all over the country to dine at the St Tudy Inn. Head chef Emily Scott has created a menu full of Cornish produce, which readers described as innovative, creative and totally delicious.

The Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year award is sponsored by . This award enables Cornwall’s hotel restaurants to have their moment in the limelight. This award is for venues that offer a sublime dining experience with fantastic food, drink and superb service.

This years finalists…

The two AA Rosette classic-contemporary Bar & Brasserie at The Alverton offers a relaxing haven for guests and visitors to enjoy a wide range of British favourites expertly cooked. Head Chef Simon George and his brigade create fresh seasonal dishes, which our readers describe as simply stunning’. From their award winning breakfast to a cracking Sunday roast, there is something for everyone at The Alverton.

With a varied and mouth watering menu, as well as views which our voters described as magical’, the Quarterdeck Restaurant at the Nare has all the ingredients of excellent dining experience. Combine that with a warm welcome and friendly attentive staff and you have a venue that is truly special. Serving locally sources meats, freshly landed fish and Cornish cheeses, their menu showcases the very best this county has to offer.

And the winner of Best Hotel Restaurant at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

Situated on The Island of Bryher, Hell Bay offers a dining experience that is truly exceptional. Using ingredients such as Bryher crab, lobster and farm vegetables all bought just a stone's throw from the kitchen door, head chef Richard Kearsley creates menus which change daily, dependant on what has come in that morning. One reader commented – Superb food, superb service, superb setting and the desserts? To die for!’

 The Best Chef of the Year award recognises chefs who make expert use of Cornwall’s best produce, combining their own skills and creativity to create menus that are as inviting as they are innovative.

This years finalists…

James Mason,

James Mason is the head chef of No.1 Rock Road, which boasts spectacular views of the estuary at Rock. One reader raved about the fantastic’ menu, which is “ever changing with the seasons.” They told us that they “wished they could eat more so that they could try everything on the menu!” James was recently crowned SW Young Professional Chef of the Year in 2015, having been selected by a panel of Michelin-star chefs, including Michael Caines.

Emily Scott,

Following her success at the Harbour Restaurant in Port Isaac, where she scooped Best Chef at the Food Reader Awards in 2013, Emily Scott took over the helm of the St Tudy Inn near Wadebridge in 2015. Emily Scott uses plenty of local suppliers in her seasonal menus, which were described as “outstanding” by one reader, who raved about the St Tudys “heavenly dishes.”

And the winner of Best Chef at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 is…

Tom Mackins,

Earlier this year Tom Mackins risked it all’ to open his very first restaurant in Newquay. Our readers took note straight away, praising Tom’s passion for the industry: “Tom bends over backwards to ensure your food is cooked to the best of his ability, the passion he has is unreal!” In his own words, it's a case of when, not if, he gets his first Michelin star.

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