It’s important to explain how we chose the shortlist below. Narrowing down the field in our annual awards is one of the most challenging jobs because, inevitably, we must leave out many outstanding businesses. 

Here are the metrics we used to decide the shortlist, in order of priority:

  1. Last year’s winners were excluded. We do this to shine a light on a varied selection of food & drink businesses and keep the awards fresh and interesting.
  2. Votes. GFC members, followers and fans cast just over 6,000 votes during May and June 2022. We counted them, discarding duplicate votes. 
  3. Social media engagement. We analysed our Facebook and Instagram posts from the past 12 months. We listed businesses that elicited the highest amount of positive engagement.
  4. Our knowledge. We used the two measures above to create a ‘long’ shortlist. Then we used our knowledge to narrow it down to four in each category.

The results of that three-step process are listed below. Huge congratulations go to the teams behind the businesses that made it – you fully deserve your place on this year’s Great Food Club Awards Shortlist! We will now start the judging process. The GFC writing team will select the winners and name them on this webpage, on social media and via email to our members, on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.


This year we’ve introduced a new award – one we can hand out right away. It’s the People’s Choice Award and quite simply goes to the business with the highest number of votes. The winner of the GFC People’s Choice Award 2022/23 is The Vegetarian Rasoi in West Bridgford – a popular takeaway providing authentic vegetarian and vegan Indian meals. The Rasoi is clearly doing brilliant things and smashed the popular vote! Many congratulations!

The People’s Choice Award 2022/23:

The Vegetarian Rasoi, West Bridgford, Nottingham

SHORTLIST 2022/23 – The winners in each category will be named on September 28, 2022


Ashiana, North Muskham, Nottinghamshire
Dom Restaurant, Thurlaston, Leicestershire
The Monk, Quorn, Leicestershire
Orbis, Oakham, Rutland


The Castle, Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire
The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland
The Millstone, Barnack, Cambridgeshire 
The Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire

Food Producer

Bowthorpe Park Farm, Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire
Fosse Meadows Farm, North Kilworth, Leicestershire
Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Co, Sparkenhoe Farm, Upton, Leicestershire
Manor Organic Farm, Long Whatton, Leicestershire

Drink Producer

Brentingby Gin, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Dojima Sake Brewery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Lazydog Rum Distillery, Coalville, Leicestershire
Nene Valley Spirits, Sacrewell Farm, Cambridgeshire


The Blonde Beet, Stamford, Lincolnshire
The Harley Cafe, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
The Hay Barn, Kneesall, Nottinghamshire
Rustic Kitchen & Deli, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire


Bridge 67 Butchers, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire
Croots Farm Shop, Duffield, Derbyshire
Croxton Village Shop, Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire
Bulwick Village Shop, Bulwick, Northamptonshire


Baines Bakery, Uppingham, Rutland
Cakes & Co, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Lily & Honey, Oakham, Rutland
Vines Bakery, Lincoln

Food & Drink Hero

Sara Barton, Brewsters Brewery, Grantham, Lincolnshire – for inspiring women to enter the brewing industry, for brewing consistently high quality beer since 1998, and for running a village pub with its own shop: The Marquis of Granby in Granby, Nottinghamshire.

Julian Carter, Hambleton Bakery, Stretton, Rutland – for helping to propel Hambleton Bakery to long-term success and overseeing the launch of its new bakery in Stretton, Rutland.

Hiranthi Cook, Cidentro Cider, Twyford, Leicestershire – for planting one of the East Midlands’ only cider orchards and launching the Cidentro Cider brand.

Aaron Patterson, Hambleton Hall, Hambleton, Rutland – for mentoring many top-quality chefs, helping launch their careers, and for consistently high-quality cooking at Hambleton Hall.

Congratulations to all! To see all our past award winners and search for the places we recommend, click here and use the search tool.

Click here to read about our 2021/22 winners.