The Countryside Alliance Awards 2017

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, returned for their 13th year. Thousands of nominations have been submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities.

From thousands of nominations six regional champions, from five categories, were invited to Parliament for the British finals, and in the presence of MPs and Ministers just five were crowned British Champions… scroll down to meet our Rural Oscars Champions, or view our press release here.

Meet the Rural Oscars National Champions 2017:

Local Food and Drink

Champion in the Local food & drink category: Quex Barn, Kent

 

Highly Commended: The Lambing Shed, Cheshire

Rural Enterprise

Champion in the Rural Enterprise category: Clinks Care Farm, Norfolk

 

Highly Commended: Green and Blue, Cornwall

Pub

Champion in the Pub category: The Swan, Wiltshire

 

Highly Commended: The Sutton Gamekeeper, Cheshire

Butcher

Champion in the Butcher category: Perrys of Eccleshall, Staffordshire

 

Highly Commended: Glaves & Sons, North Yorkshire

Village Shop / Post Office

Champion in the Village shop / Post Office category: Pontrilas Post Office & Store, Herefordshire

 

Highly Commended: Newbridge on Wye Post Office & Shop, Powys

Game Champion

Blagdon Farm Shop in Northumberland

The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award

School of Artisan Food, Nottinghamshire

Meet the Rural Oscars Regional Winners 2017:

South East England winners

Local Food

Blue Tin Farm Shop

Keeper Cottage Ipsden Wallingford Oxfordshire OX10 6QU

Quex Barn

Quex Estate Birchington Kent CT7 0BB

Butcher

The Egg House Charcuterie

Gibson Lane Haddenham Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP17 8AP

Rural Enterprise

Applegarth Farm Shop and Restaurant

Headley Road Grayshott Hampshire GU26 6JL

Village Shop & Post Office

Amberley Village Stores and Post Office

High Street Amberley Arundel West Sussex BN18 9NL

Pub

The Crown Inn

Worthing Road Dial Post Horsham West Sussex RH13 8NH

South West England winners

Local Food

Newton Farm Foods

Newton Farm Newton St Loe Bath BANES BA2 9BT

Butcher

Toby Haynes Butchers  

32 High Street Corsham Wiltshire SN13 0HB

Rural Enterprise

Green & Blue

Unit 1C, New Road Perranporth Cornwall TR6 0DL

Future Roots

Rylands Farm Boys Hill Holnest, Sherborne Dorset DT9 5SP

Village Shop & Post Office

Hawkesbury Community Shop

High Street Hawkesbury Upton Badminton Gloucestershire GL9 1AU

Pub

The Swan

Long Street Enford Pewsey Wiltshire SN9 6DD

East of England winners

Local Food

Heath Farm Suffolk

51 Moat Lane, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9JZ

Butcher

Coxfords Butchers

11 Market Place, Aylsham Norwich Norfolk NR11 6EH

Rural Enterprise

Clinks Care Farm Eaton Farm

John Watson Farms Ltd, Church Road Church Road, Toft Monks Beccles Norfolk NR34 0ET

Village Shop & Post Office

Finchingfield Post Office and Village Stores

The Post Office Bardfield Road, Finchingfield Great Dunmow Essex CM7 4LS

Itteringham Village Shop

Wolterton Road Norwich Norfolk NR11 7AF

Pub

The Green Man Pub

24 High Street Ropsley Grantham Lincolnshire NG33 4BE

North of England winners

Local Food

Courtyard Dairy

Crows Nest Barn Austwick Lancaster North Yorkshire LA2 8AS

The Lambing Shed

Moseley Hall Farm Chelford Road Knutsford Cheshire WA16 8RB

Butcher

Glaves Butchers

37 Cayley Lane Brompton – by -Sawdon Scarborough Yorkshire YO13 9DL

Rural Enterprise

The Hideaway at Baxby Manor

Baxby Manor Husthwaite York North Yorkshire YO61 4PW

Village Shop & Post Office

Church Fenton Community Shop

Station Road Church Fenton Tadcaster North Yorkshire LS24 9RA

Pub

The Sutton Gamekeeper

13 Hollin Lane Sutton Macclesfield Cheshire SK11 0HL

Midlands winners

Local Food

Welbeck Farm Shop

Cavendish House Welbeck Worksop Nottinghamshire S80 3LL

Butcher

Perrys of Eccleshall

19-21 Stafford Road Eccleshall Stafford Staffordshire ST21 6BL

Rural Enterprise

The School of Artisan Food

Lower Motor Yard Welbeck Nottinghamshire S80 3LR

Village Shop / Post Office

Pontrilas Shop and Post Office

Pontrilas Hereford Herefordshire HR2 0BA

Pub

Kings Arms

13 Top Street Wing Oakham Rutland LE15 8SE

Welsh winners

Local Food

St Dogmaels Local Producers Market

Hanes Llandoch The Coach House, Shingrig, St. Dogmaels Cardigan Sir Benfro SA43 3DX

Butcher

Swan’s Farm Shop

Corwen Road Treuddyn Mold Flintshire CH7 4LE

Rural Enterprise

Blaenafon Cheddar Company

80 Broad Street Blaenavon Pontypool Torfaen NP4 9NF

Village Shop & Post Office

Newbridge on Wye Post Office and Shop

Post Office Newbridge-on-Wye Llandrindod Wells Powys LD1 6LH

Pub

The Cottage Inn

Cae Sgubor Llandeilo Carmarthen Carmathenshire SA19 6SD

 Meet the 2017 regional finalists:

Meet the judges:

 Philip Johnston, The Daily Telegraph

“It is always a great pleasure to judge the Countryside Alliance awards. The Daily Telegraph is proud to sponsor the prize for Best Village Shop/Post Office, an institution that along with the church and the pub is often the beating heart of a rural community. Yet as with much else in the countryside they are hard to maintain as viable businesses. I am sure that, as in the past, we will hear stirring stories of enterprise, initiative and success in the face of adversity.”

 

William Sitwell – Waitrose Food Editor, MasterChef critic and award-winning author

“I am delighted to be a judge on the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards – these Awards reward the very best of our produce, entrepreneurial spirit and determination of those who run rural businesses. I am most looking forward to sampling some of the best produce our countryside has to offer and hearing inspirational stories of those who keep our rural communities alive.”

 

Emma Penny – Farmers Guardian

 “The Countryside Alliance Awards are a fantastic way to highlight and celebrate rural businesses. I am always inspired when I hear how everyone involved – from farmers to butchers, village shops to small businesses – has made a difference to their local community. As a judge I am often in awe about the challenges some of these businesses have overcome, and about the levels of passion and persistence which comes through in every entry.”  

 

Peter Gott, Sillfield Farm

“I am thrilled to be part of the Countryside Alliance awards once again. I am eager to taste the delicious food that our countryside has to offer and will be looking for those that truly take pride in what they do. These Awards mean so much not only to those who win, but to the whole community where the business based.”  

 

 

Sally Merison, Clarissa Judge

“In my opinion these awards are possibly one of the best things that the Countryside Alliance has done for the countryside! This is proved by the increasing number of ‘possibles’ and categories each year and the enthusiasm and pleasure shown by all the entrants. I am honoured to be a judge and look forward to learning about all these wonderful people, and their love for the countryside.”

 

Baroness Mallalieu, Clarissa Judge

“Rural businesses are the lifeblood of this country and its communities so it is only right we acknowledge the heroes that make our countryside great. I’ve seen first-hand how the nominees for the Countryside Alliance Awards represent the brilliance of rural Britain and I am delighted to part of celebrating their wonderful achievements.” 

 

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Countryside Alliance Rural Awards Winners 2016:

Wales
North of England
East of England
Midlands
South East England
West of England

 

Scottish Rural Awards – www.scottishruralawards.org

The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland’s countryside – a celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.

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