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Below is the nomination criteria for the 2017 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards . Click on ‘Read More’ to find further details of each category.

Outstanding Customer Service

Sponsored by Scarlett PR & Marketing

Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company in question. If they always greet you with a smile and know exactly what you want before you do, vote for them in this category.

Services to the Community

Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys

Here we’re looking for food led initiatives that aim to inspire their local communities, whether

Butcher of the Year

Sponsored by RDO Kitchen Studio

While much of the ‘old’ High Street has been swept away by the modern world, the humble butcher continues to ply their craft outside the shadow of the supermarket.

Food and Drink Innovation

Sponsored by OKA – Guildford

We’re on the hunt for someone who has created a little food and drink magic!

Independent Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Kidd Rapinet LLP

The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and an unrivalled passion for their trade.

Farm Shop of the Year

Sponsored by Bentley Brothers

A mouthwatering range of local produce, enticing layout, colourful characters and great customer service are all key to a great farm shop.

Food & Drink Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Woking Food & Drink Festival

From wine to cheese via watercress, beef and even ice cream, Surrey has some amazing and often overlooked producers working away in fields, farms and garden sheds.

Pride of Surrey

Sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren

This award recognises individuals who have promoted and worked with Surrey produce for a number of years.

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Scattergood’s Agency

We’re looking for an exciting dining destination that offers an overall experience of excellence, with quality offered on all fronts whatever the cuisine.

Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

Sponsored by Local Food Surrey

Whether looking for a traditional cream tea, exotic coffee or delicious cakes, taste is vitally important but cost, convenience and choice are high on the list, too…

Best Local Menu

Sponsored by Cellar Wines

Sourced from Surrey! Exactly what it says on the, er, finest watermarked paper. Is there a restaurant, pub or cafe that you feel goes beyond the call of duty?

Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Visit Guildford

The winner of this category will need to stock local ales, have an inventive wine list and will know exactly what is required to keep the regulars coming back.

Best Local Food Event

Sponsored by BBC SURREY

Whether it’s established or upcoming, we’re looking for a farmers’ market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar with a little foodie magic.

Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Guildford

This award is open to anyone in the food or drink industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months

Best Family Dining

Sponsored by Bowes-Lyon Partnership

This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents.

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Bang & Olufsen

This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus.