The Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards took place on Thursday 27th September at The Italian Villa.

These awards are organised by Dorset Magazine, whose greatest passion is the food and drink produced in this county, and the farms that produce it. The awards are designed to showcase the great and the good in Dorset, and reward the hardworking people behind them, including suppliers and producers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.

Read more about the night in our interviews with the winners, supported by Old Mill here:
Dorset’s food and drink success – Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards.

Eye catching table pieces at the awards dinner, by Fiona Penny at Sunflowers. Photo credits to Thousand Word Media.

As the Headline Sponsors for these awards we want to congratulate all the finalists and winners!

BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Westchem

WINNER: The Ollerod, Beaminster

The White Post, Rimpton
Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton

BEST DRINK PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Saffery Champness

WINNER: Langham Wine Estates, Crawthorne

Cerne Abbas Brewery, Cerne Abbas
The Dorset Ginger Company, Lytchett Matravers

BEST PRODUCT/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Porter Dodson

WINNER: Dorset Blue Vinny, Stock Gaylard

Great British Biscotti Company, Christchurch
Hotch Potch, Sturminster Newton

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by FLAG

WINNER: Storm Fish Restaurant, Poole

Les Enfant Terribles Restaurant, Weymouth
SeaBeats Café & Bistro, Weymouth

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Kingston Maurward

WINNER: Alex Naik, Abbots Court, Winterborne Kingston

Chris Staines, The Ollerod, Beaminster
Robert Ndungu, The Acorn Inn, Evershot

BEST TEA/COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Clipper Tea

WINNER: Finca, Dorchester

Cotea, Bournemouth
The Scented Botanist at Keyneston Mill, Tarrant Keyneston

CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Beales Gourmet

WINNER: Webster Family Butchers, Bournemouth

Crab Apple Catering, Swanage
Steeptonbill Farm Shop, Milton Abbas

ECO CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Litter Free

WINNER: Waste Not Want Not, Bridport

Baboo Gelato, Bridport
Cariad Wholefoods, Blandford Forum

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Dorset Growth Hub

WINNER: Oli Perron, Lunch’d, Bournemouth

Chrissy & Karl Regler, From Dorset with Love, Blandford Forum
Ollie Grubb & Lorna Bowmer, Ministry of Fudge, Christchurch

INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Fiona Penny at Sunflowers

WINNER: Gold Hill Organic Farm Shop, Child Okeford

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop, Winfrith Newburgh
The Wobbly Cottage, Broadwindsor

BEST PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse

WINNER: The Acorn Inn, Evershot

The Anchor Inn, Seatown
The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock

DOG FRIENDLY AWARD

Sponsored by Dave Cumber Vets

WINNER: BearKat Bistro, Bridport

Seventhwave Café, Swanage
Under the Greenwood Tree Café, Lower Bockhampton

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Lester Aldridge

WINNER: The Pig on the Beach, Studland

Seasons Restaurant at The Eastbury, Sherborne
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot

2018 FOOD & DRINK HERO

Sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink

MICHAEL DAVIES, DORSET BLUE VINNY

Michael Davies, 2018 Food and Drink Hero award winner. Photo credits to Thousand Word Media.

Dorset is renowned for its top-notch produce and the passion of the people who work in the industry, and we are extremely proud to be part of this.

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