East of England
Church Farm, Church Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 7NN
Judge’s comments: “Nortons Dairy is a small family-run dairy farm in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and producers of some of the finest milk, cream, butter, yogurt and cheese. Nortons Dairy are passionate about sharing their sustainable farming values and heritage and are not willing to compromise on the welfare of their cows or the quality of their products and this is certainly evident when you try them or visit the farm.
Evesham Road, Harvington, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 8LU
Judge’s comments: “Sara and David Turner have made Ellenden Farm Shop a focal point for this community, selling fresh local produce of the highest quality. But they are much more than a farm shop. There is a vibrant cafe with a creative menu, celebrating the farm’s own food. Sara and David are constantly thinking of new ways to promote their business with events and activities for the local and wider community as well as constantly planning on how they can get more local food on people’s plates.”
Holdenfields Farm, Castlelevington, Yarm, North Yorkshire TS15 9PB
Judge’s comments: “Hutchinson Hobbs are a family business that has already proved to be an enormous asset to the community. Focussing on selling top quality local produce hand-picked from local farms means all the produce they sell is second to none. Bringing new and innovative ideas and running interesting events from chocolate workshops to gin and beer festivals ensures this farm shop is leading from the front.”
Moseley Hall Farm, Chelford Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8RB
Judge’s comments: What has been achieved in just three years of opening is truly amazing. The team at the Lambing Shed are passionate about what they do, from producing all their own lamb and beef, to working with over 65 local suppliers in store. As farmers their work is their lives and this shop is not only a haven of local and food and drink to Cheshire but an essential part of the community.
Brighton, East Sussex
Judge’s comments: The Sussex Peasant is an incredible initiative championing local, high quality, seasonal produce through a mobile farm shop. Stepping into the converted old horsebox reveals an Aladdin’s cave with a veritable feast of local food. Ed’s passion for supporting local farmers and ensuring local communities know where food comes from is the driving force behind this enterprise.
Allington Bar Farm, Allington, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LJ
Judge’s comments: “The Reynolds Family have been at Allington Farm for 70 years, setting up the farm shop in 1981 and completely transforming it in 2008 so that it now sells a remarkably diverse selection of local cheeses, meats, baked goods and other produce. There are always new offerings from new producers, alongside their own produce, and it is a bastion of local food for the surrounding communities.”
Taskers Barn, May Lane, Ebrington, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6NJ
Judge’s comments: “The Drinkwater family has supplied the people of Ebrington with vegetables for many years. They opened their Farm Shop in 2017, and what a fantastic place it is to visit selling only locally sourced produce such as milk, honey, jams & pickles and serving freshly cooked food. They have enhanced the village and added a perfect place for locals and visitors to enjoy beautiful Cotswold views. They are just what the village needed.”
Dolecoed Road, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4RA
Judge’s comments: “Peter James has been a local food champion for decades and during this time his passion has not wavered. Traceability and fresh food underpin this enterprise using up surplus vegetables from local growers and supporting local farmers. Cooking courses focus on local seasonal food. Peter has established Food Festivals and has created “Local Food Workshops” set up to educate other food businesses on sourcing and promoting local produce bringing food producers and operators together and encouraging businesses to use local fresh produce.”
Beverley Town Council, 12 Well Lane, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BL
Judge’s comments: This very impressive food festival, was set up by town council clerk Helen in 2006. Helen knows her town, her community and the business of running a Food Festival inside out. The focus is exclusively on producers of food, and localism and is run on a not-for-profit basis and this makes them one of a kind, as practically all other UK festivals now run by outside companies, who do not have the local links that are apparent here. The festival team also has provided local allotments and special educational needs plots, runs a smaller Christmas Food Festival, held indoor in the Minster and other events, such as the annual pancake race.