THREE of the areas finest have been announced winners of a Tastes of Lincolnshire award where they beat off thousands of other hopefuls in a county-wide competition.
Many restaurateurs, B&B proprietors, butchers, food suppliers, caterers and more were entered into the Lincolnshire Food and Drinks Awards and the best, were announced at a prestigious awards night held The Hilton’s Doubletree Hotel, Lincoln, last Thursday.
Tastes of Lincolnshire is a successful scheme set up by Lincolnshire County Council, with an emphasis on the importance of locally sourced and produced food and drink.
Once again, The Windmill Restaurant in Burgh le Marsh, was given the best restaurant award and owners Sharon and Chris Nobel were absolutely delighted.
“We were very pleased and so grateful for everyone’s support. We work very hard and it is lovely that it has been recognised again as we won this award for 2007/2008,” said Sharon.
And this isn’t the only award The Windmill has received, as they were also given a gold citation in the Lincolnshire Life awards.
“I was really happy when I found out that we’d been given another award. In the five years we’ve been here, we’ve won an award every year,” added Sharon.
And The Windmill was not the only venue to be mystery shopped by Tastes of Lincolnshire, Simon’s Butchers in Spilsby were crowned producer of the year.
“I was really pleased to be given this award, this is our second year and as the competition stretches far and wide, it just shows the effort we put in, is worth it. It’s great to know that the award is given via a customer’s perspective,” said Simon Johnson.
Simon’s Butchers won the award in 2005 and 2010 and the latest edition is positioned proudly on the counter.
“It was a smashing evening and the meal was very nice and I would just like to thank my whole team here for all their hard work,” added Simon.
With all the B&Bs in the area, Caxton House joint owners, Wendy Cresswell and Paul Seabrook were both delighted and shocked to be given their first award for the best B&B in the area.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I was a little bit shocked to get it. We do really try hard and we are very enthusiastic about local produce,” said Wendy.
And before Christmas, Caxton House won the East Midlands best hotel/B&B category in the Northern Rail Hidden Gems Awards.
“We are really passionate about the Lincolnshire experience and this award makes it feel like our work has been recognised,” added Wendy.