Outstanding Customer Service

Service has to be just right – not lacking, but not intrusive either. This award went to the establishment that blends warmth and courtesy with knowledge and efficiency.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

The Green Rooms of Godstone

Great Fosters Hotel, Egham

And our 2017 winner is Dorking Butchery!

Farm Shop of the Year

This award goes to a farm shop that embraces provenance and knowledge. Whether they are selling meat from a local rare breed herd, honey from their own hives or homemade cheese, the winner of this category must exemplify the field-to-fork philosophy.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Secretts of Milford

Priory Farm Shop, South Nutfield

And our 2017 winner is Flower Farm Shop, Godstone!

 

Food and Drink Producer of the Year

This category recognises a food or drink producer. 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.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Albury Vineyard

Norbury Blue Cheese, Mickleham

Our 2017 winner is Surrey Spice, Guildford!

Independent Retailer of the Year

This award recognises a retailer that consistently shows expert knowledge and, like all our finalists, an unrivalled passion for their trade. They could be a local deli, a wine and beer store, the village greengrocer or something completely unique.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Cellar Wines, Ripley

The Surrey Wine Cellar, Chobham

Our 2017 winner is Putty Cakes, Charlwood!

 

Best Local Menu

Best Local Menu! Exactly what it says on the finest watermarked paper. We wanted to find a restaurant, pub or cafe that goes beyond the call of duty with its ingredients.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham

Stephan Langton Inn, Friday Street

Our winner of Best Local Menu 2017 is Waters Edge, Horsell Common!

 

Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

With this award, we wanted to find the one place you never fail to visit on your shopping trip into town or maybe it’s your regular village meeting place with old friends. The finalists make tea feel like a special event, with freshly cut sandwiches and homemade cakes and scones, all made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Dotty’s Teahouse, Carshalton

The Green Rooms of Godstone

Our winner of Tea/Coffee Shop of the year 2017 is The Dabbling Duck, Shere.

 

Food and Drink Innovation of the Year

This category recognises a new food or drink product that’s got customers talking. It could be a new way of cooking, a drink with an incomparable taste or a helpful new app to help with nights out or cooking at home.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Briscoe’s Jellies, Merstham

Crumbs Brewing, Reigate

Our 2017 winner is Silent Pool Distillers, Albury!

 

Restaurant of the Year

This award goes to a restaurant that makes you feel special because of its extraordinary service and delicious food. This restaurant would be the first port of call to show off to out-of-town visitors and should champion locally-sourced ingredients and a wine list that includes local and international choices.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham

Kinghams, Shere

Our winner of Restaurant of the Year is The Anchor, Ripley!

 

Services to the Community

This award recognises an individual, business or group which is totally committed to the local community. We wanted to recognise their efforts in making our community a safer and nicer place to live and eat in.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Dorking’s Food Float

Ripley Farmers’ Market

Our 2017 winner is Farnham Local Food!

 

Best Local Food Event

This category incorporates farmers’ markets, food festivals and many more foodie events. Whether established or upcoming, we were looking for an event that has shown the ability to garner a following, create a community of foodies and maintain its magic.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Thames Ditton Farmers’ Market

Surbiton Farmers’ Market

Our 2017 winner is Woking Food & Drink Festival!

 

Butcher of the Year

This category celebrates our many local butchers and everything they do for Surrey. Can their meat be traced to a local farm? Are the staff knowledgeable, skilled and helpful? Does the butcher play a key role within the community?

Here are our 2017 finalists:

GJ Honour Family Butchers, Old Woking

Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshott

Our 2017 winner is Dorking Butchery!

 

Pub of the Year

 

Now it’s time for the Pub of the Year Award. one of our favourite categories! This is all about the joy of drinking real ale in a real pub (or maybe a glass of wine from an expertly picked list). 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. A great pub should act as a hub for your community.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

The White Hart, Witley

Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham

Our 2017 winner is The Cock Inn, Headley.

 

Best Family Dining

This award is for the restaurant that comes to mind when you want to keep everyone happy. The nominees have a good and varied set of menu options for all ages, as well as some entertainment for the little ones.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

The Bletchingley Arms

The Duke Of Cambridge, Tilford

Our winner is Waters Edge, Horsell Common!

 

Chef of the Year

With Surrey’s restaurants seeing something of a renaissance in recent years, the number of chefs known for their expert use of seasonal produce and creative menus is arguably higher than ever before. We were looking for chefs producing consistently exceptional menus that really get diners talking.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

Daniel Britten – The White Horse at Hascombe

Matt Worswick – The Latymer at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot

Our Chef of the Year is Douglas Balish – The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham!

 

Newcomer of the Year

This award recognises a new venture that’s had a great start in the food and drink industry within the last 18 months.

Here are our 2017 finalists:

East Side Coffee and Delicatessen, Caterham

Seasons Café and Kitchen, Woking

Our 2017 winner is De Nada Tapas, Guildford!