Great Food Club Awards 2020: The Results


The Winners


Fine-Dining Restaurant of the Yearfull details & pictures
The Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold, Leics
Last year’s winner: John’s House, Mountsorrel, Leics


Casual-Dining Restaurant of the Year (new category)full details & pictures
House of Feasts, Eye Green, Peterborough, Cambs


Dining Pub of the Year full details & pictures
The Wheatsheaf, Greetham, Rutland
Last year’s winner: The Olive Branch, Clipsham


Asian Restaurant of the Year (new category) full details & pictures
Sanctua, Oadby, Leics


Classic Pub of the Year (new category) full details & pictures
The Black Horse, Aylestone, Leics


Café of the Yearfull details & pictures
The Larder, Oakham, Rutland
Last year’s winner: Kavanagh’s, Oakham


Food Shop of the Yearfull details & pictures
The Melton Cheeseboard, Melton Mowbray, Leics
Last year’s winner: Christopher James Deli, Leicester


Food Producer of the Year full details & pictures
Elms Farm, Costock, Leics
Last year’s winner: Redhill Farm Free Range Pork, Gainsborough, Lincs


Drink Producer of the Yearfull details & pictures
Round Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray, Leics
Last year’s winner: Wharf Distillery, Potterspury, Northants


Farm Shop of the Yearfull details & pictures
Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough, Leics
Last year’s winner: Harker’s Farm Shop, Clipston-on-the-Wolds, Notts


Bakery of the Yearfull details & pictures
Best Sourdough Producer: Small Food Bakery, Nottingham
Best Cake Baker: Hambleton Bakery, Rutland
Last year’s winner: The Garage Bakehouse, Market Harborough


Butcher of the Year (new category)full details & pictures
Best High-Street Butcher: The Snobby Butcher, Nottingham, Notts
Best Catering Butcher: Price & Fretwell, Tibshelf, Derbyshire


Food Hero of the Year (new category)full details & pictures
Pratik Master for his work at Wigston News & Deli in Leicestershire


Important information

The judging process
Our judges have visited every shortlisted business. They’ve eaten – anonymously where possible – at all the pubs, cafés and restaurants. They’ve chatted to each of the producers and shop owners to get under the skins of their businesses.


How the shortlist was compiled
We asked our members and readers 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, 2019. 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. Click here to see all shortlisted businesses.


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 last year’s winners.


Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.