Below are the finalists in the Great Food Club Awards 2020/21.

How did we choose the finalists?
During July 2020, our readers and members cast nearly 6,000 votes in response to the following question: Which independent food or drink business has brought you the most joy over the past 12 months? We chose the finalists after counting and analysing all the votes. Multiple votes from the same IP address were excluded and last year’s winners were excluded. That’s our policy because it allows us to shine a light on a greater number of exceptional businesses.

What happens next?
Our team will carefully judge the finalists’ products, cooking, service, facilities and ethos. We’ll then decide the winner of each category. These winners will be named on this webpage and also on our social media accounts.


Due to the large volume of judging required from our small team combined with Covid-19 restrictions, we will now announce the winners on November 2, 2020.


The Finalists 2020/21


Food Producer
Fruit Pig, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Ulceby, Lincolnshire
Bytham Kitchen, Bourne, Lincolnshire
Manor Farm Yoghurt, Thrussington, Leicestershire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): Elms Farm Costock, Leicestershire


Farm Shop
Tori & Ben’s Farm, Kings Newton, Derbyshire
March House Farm Shop, Great Dalby, Leicestershire
Grazers of Ashby Parva, Leicestershire
Northfield Farm, Cold Overton, Rutland
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): Farndon Fields Farm Shop


Fine Dining Restaurant
Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland
The Jew’s House, Lincoln
John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
Alchemilla, Nottingham
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): The Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold


Casual Dining Restaurant
The Brownlow Arms, Hough-on-the-Hill, Lincolnshire
Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, Rutland
The School House, South Normanton, Derbyshire
Fourwards at Ashfields, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): House of Feasts, Eye Green, Peterborough


Dining Pub
The Falcon at Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire
The Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire
Willow & Brook, Apethorpe, Northamptonshire
The Blue Ball, Braunston-in-Rutland
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): The Wheatsheaf, Greetham, Rutland


Classic Pub
The Blue Cow, South Witham, Lincolnshire
The Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire
The Frame Breakers, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire
The Marquis of Granby, Granby, Nottinghamshire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): The Black Horse, Aylestone, Leicester


World Cuisine Restaurant
Anoki, Derby
Zada, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Kushi-Ya, Nottingham
Orbis, Oakham, Rutland
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): Sanctua, Oadby, Leicestershire


Café
The Crimson Tree, Sherwood, Nottingham
Bread & Butterflies, West Bridgford, Nottingham
All Mine Cakes, Southwell, Nottingham
Apteekki, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): The Larder, Oakham, Rutland


Small Deli (new category)
Bottle Top, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire
Christopher James Deli, Leicester
Thrussington Village Shop, Leicestershire
Wigston Fields News & Deli, Wigston, Leicester


Food Shop
Gates’ Farm Shop, Cold Overton, Rutland
Croot’s Farm Shop, Duffield, Derbyshire
Welbeck Farm Shop, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
Maxey’s Farm Shop, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): The Melton Cheeseboard, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


Drink Producer
Brentingby Gin, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
White Peak Distillery, Ambergate, Derbyshire
Braybrooke Beer Co, Braybrooke, Leicestershire
Napton Cidery, Napton, Warwickshire
Last year’s winner (excluded from this year’s awards): Round Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


Bakery
Beauvale Priory Bakehouse, Moorgreen, Nottinghamshire
Bisbrooke Artisans, Bisbrooke, Rutland
Lily & Honey, Oakham, Rutland
The Bakehouse, Sherwood, Nottingham
Last year’s winners (excluded from this year’s awards): Small Food Bakery, Nottingham, and Hambleton Bakery, Exton, Rutland


Butcher
Robin Maycocks, Holloway, Matlock, Derbyshire
Mould’s Family Butcher, Nassington, Northamptonshire
Owen Taylor & Sons, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Roberts of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
Last year’s winners (excluded from this year’s awards): The Snobby Butcher (high street) and Price & Fretwell (catering)


Private Chef (new category)
Craig Floate, Nottingham
Enterprising Chef, Melbourne, Derbyshire
Knife, Fork & Spooner, Ketton, Rutland
Stanley Street Food, Barnwell, Northamptonshire


Street Food (new category)
Feast & The Furious, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Noni’s Family Kitchen, Leicester
Chez Sebastien Artisan Pizza, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Smoqued Taqueria, Nottingham


Click here to see last year’s winners.