The shortlist.

Here’s the Great Food Club Awards 2019/20 shortlist. Beneath the list, you’ll find more information about the awards.

Elms Farm, Costock, Leics
Kingarth Farm Dairy, Burton Overy, Leics
Home Farm Produce, Retford, Notts
Vine Farm Dairy, Great Dalby, Leics
Last year’s winner: Redhill Farm Free Range Pork, Gainsborough, Lincs

Drinks Producer
Round Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray, Leics
Brentingby Gin, Melton Mowbray, Leics
Witham Wines, Grantham, Lincs
Rothley Wines, Rothley, Leics
Last year’s winner: Wharf Distillery, Potterspury, Northants

Farm Shop
Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough, Leics
Hackwood Farm Shop, Radbourne, Derbys
Welbeck Farm Shop, Welbeck, Notts
March House Farm Shop, Great Dalby, Leics
Last year’s winner: Harker’s Farm Shop, Clipston-on-the-Wolds, Notts

Hambleton Bakery, Rutland
Bakery Cottage, Melton Mowbray
Bisbrooke Artisans, Rutland
Small Food Bakery, Nottingham
Last year’s winner: The Garage Bakehouse, Market Harborough
NB. There are two awards up for grabs in this category – Best Sourdough Loaf & Best Sweet Treats

Restaurant: Fine Dining
The Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold, Leics
The Jew’s House, Lincoln, Lincs
Prevost, Peterborough, Cambs
Hambleton Hall, Rutland
Ascough’s, Market Harborough, Leics
Last year’s winner: John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leics

Restaurant: Casual Dining
House of Feasts, Eye Green, Cambs
Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, Rutland
Boboli, Kibworth Harcourt, Leics
Bar Iberico, Nottingham, Notts
Last year’s winner: The Olive Branch, Clipsham

Restaurant: Asian (new category)
Sanctua, Oadby, Leics
Sarpech, Oakham, Rutland
Gurkha Lounge, Peterborough, Cambs
Herb, Leicester

Dining Pub
The Queen’s Head, Belton, Leics
The George, Alstonefield, Derbyshire
Bell’s Kitchen at The Bell, Finedon, Northants
The Wheatsheaf, Greetham, Rutland
Last year’s winner: The Olive Branch, Clipsham

Classic Pub (new category)
The Black Horse, Aylestone, Leics
The Green Man, Ropsley, Lincs
The Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial, Leics
The Stamford Arms, Groby, Leics

Café/Coffee Shop
All Mine Cakes by the Lake, Southwell, Notts
Harley Café, Welbeck, Notts
Lamberts, Stamford, Lincs
The Larder, Oakham, Rutland
Last year’s winner: Kavanagh’s, Oakham

Deli/Specialist Food Shop
Just So Italian, Market Harborough, Leics
The Melton Cheeseboard, Melton Mowbray, Leics
Barrowden & Wakerley Community Shop, Northants
Wigston Fields Deli, Wigston, Leics
Last year’s winner: Christopher James Deli, Leicester

Butcher (new category)
Hambletons, Oakham, Rutland
Price & Fretwell, Tibshelf, Derbyshire
The Meat Room, Market Harborough, Leics
Snobby Butcher, Nottingham, Notts

You’ll see that we have introduced some new categories this year. We’ve also brought in a new rule: businesses that won GFC awards last year are not shortlisted this year. This is to ‘share the love’. We want 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.

However, all last year’s winners are named above and certainly deserve your attention. They won for a very good reason. You can also click here to see last year’s winners.

The 2019/20 shortlist was created by a public vote. We asked you to nominate “one independent food/drink business that has brought you most joy over the past 12 months”. Over 3,000 online votes were cast between July 1 and July 31. The top four vote winners in each category made the shortlist – five where there was a tie between fourth and fifth. Multiple votes from individuals were discarded.

Judging now begins. The winners will be named on November 1, 2019. Join Great Food Club here to receive our regular updates and stay in touch.