The Champions – Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and shortlisted businesses!


Restaurant of the Year – full details
The Factory Kitchen, Ilkeston, Derbyshire


Producer of the Year – full details
Mill Farm, Manthorpe, Lincolnshire


Shop of the Year – full details
The Tiny Bakery, Leicester


Café of the Year – full details
Six Hills Café, Bakery & Pizzeria, Six Hills, Leicestershire


Street Food Producer of the Year – full details
Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


Food Hero of the Year – full details
JB Kitchen, Thurcaston, Leicestershire


Caterer of the Year – full details
Stanley Street, Barnwell, Northamptonshire


Important information

How the winners were selected
We asked GFC’s members and readers to nominate “one independent food/drink business that has brought you most joy over the past 12 months”. Over 5,500 online votes were cast between July 1 and July 31, 2021. The top four vote winners in each category made the shortlist. Multiple votes from individuals were discarded. You can see all shortlisted businesses at the ‘full details’ links under each category listed above.

Once the shortlist had been created by analysing the public vote, our judges selected the winners.


The judging process
To make their decisions, our judges visited or tried the food & drink of every shortlisted business. They ate – anonymously where possible – at all the pubs, cafés and restaurants.


Ineligible businesses
Businesses that won GFC awards last year were not eligible to be shortlisted this year. Our aim is to showcase a broad range of independents and by not allowing a single business to win an award two years in a row, we go some way to achieving this aim.

Click here to see the 2020/21 winners.