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Below is the nomination criteria for the 2018 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards . Click on ‘Read More’ to find further details of each category.

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Outstanding Customer Service

A good waiter or waitress can make the difference between a good meal and a great one.
Similarly a welcoming pub landlord or landlady can lift a night out, and a knowledgeable assistant can turn food shopping into a fascinating experience. This award celebrates their role.

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2018 Surrey Food and Drink Hero

This special judges’ award celebrates the best of the shortlisted candidates, rewarding those venues or products which excel in many areas.

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Butcher of the Year

Most supermarket shoppers who start getting their meat from a butcher won’t go back to the open fridges filled with plastic trays. We want to hear about the butchers who create their own delicious dishes to cook at home, provide sage advice and stock a wide range of unusual cuts and Surrey meats.

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Food Product of the Year

Celebrating the best home grown or home-produced food products from the county, whether they are a literal cottage industry selling to its surrounding area or a major UK brand created in Surrey.

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Drink Product of the Year

With the rising popularity of gin and the craft beer revolution the drinks industry is innovating and expanding in the county. This award honours those pushing the boundaries whether at the bar or in the coffee shop.

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Best Farm Shop

Any chef will tell you the importance of fresh ingredients in their dishes, and it doesn’t come fresher than from a farm shop. This award celebrates those with great customer service and offering a carefully considered range of Surrey produce.

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Independent Food & Drink Retailer

These are the stalwart town and village shops, delicatessens, chocolatiers, off-licences and bakeries who are
central to their local community and provide an unbeatable service.

Pride of Surrey

Sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren

This lifetime achievement award celebrates those who have dedicated themselves to the Surrey food and drink
scene and in turn influenced many of our nominees both past and present.

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Scattergood’s Agency

It’s not just about the food – although obviously that is important for a restaurant. We’re looking for venues with the most welcoming staff, most interesting focus and warmest atmosphere which champion Surrey produce.

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Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

In the past two decades the tea and coffee shop has replaced the local pub or post office as the place to catch
up on what’s happening locally. This award is about those businesses which offer not just a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, but also the best in Surrey produce and the finest coffee.

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Best Local Menu

Any good chef knows to buy local usually means to buy fresh. And by focusing on what is on their doorstep
many restaurants, cafes and pubs can offer an unforgettable dining experience. We want to know about the
venues which take Surrey to their hearts.

Best Surrey Pub

Sponsored by Visit Guildford

Times have been hard for the pub industry over the years with the closure of rural locations and the rise of big chains. But there are still those pubs boasting a unique character, which provide a heart to a community as well as a bar stocked with the county’s best brews.

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Best Local Food Event/Initative

The food festival circuit is expanding with most towns hosting an annual celebration of culinary prowess. The
craft beer revolution has opened up the beer festival to a new younger market. But this award is also
rewarding innovative ways of bringing Surrey food to a new audience.

Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Porsche Centre Guildford

Celebrating the latest additions to the Surrey food and drink scene this award is aimed at businesses launched in the last 18 months. They can be pubs, restaurants, producers, cafes or food shops – the only proviso is that they are new to the scene.

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Family Dining Award

Today family dining is big business, and we’re looking for the places which take the family to their heart – whether
it is somewhere mums and toddlers can hang out during the day, or a venue for the whole family to enjoy a
high quality evening meal together.

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Chef of the Year

There used to be a gulf between the television celebrity chef and the humble restaurateur plying his trade day-in day-out to their valued customers. We want to hear about the local food heroes, or the unsung geniuses hiding behind the swing doors.