Great Taste Awards: Midlands round-up

Published September 4, 2012

The Great Taste Awards 2012, run annually by the Guild of Fine Foods and decided by a team of over 350 judges in blind tasting sessions, were announced recently. Several Midlands producers picked up stars.

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LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND
Northfield Farm (Cold Overton) pocketed Two Stars for its 21-days Hung Leg of Mutton, while Farmer Fear (Mountsorrel/Sutton Bonnington) grabbed Double Gold for his Premium Cider; Dickinson & Morris (Melton Mowbray) picked up Two Stars for its Medium Melton Mowbray Pork Pie; and Clarke’s of Queniborough grabbed a brace for its Dry Cured Plain Back Bacon.

One Star Winners
Manor Farm Dairy of Thrussington (probiotic yoghurt)
Belvoir Fruit Farms of Belvoir (cordial)
Rutland Preserves of Whissendine (jams and chutneys)
Simtom Foods of Desford (balti marinade)
Waterloo Cottage Farm of Great Oxendon (bacon)
Bramble Foods of Market Harborough (lemon cheese)
Honeypot Cakes of Leicester (brownies)
Walkers Pies of Leicester (steak pie and chicken pie)
Bittersweet Chocolates of Breedon on the Hill

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DERBYSHIRE
Thornbridge Brewery has more awards than beer barrels and has become one of the darlings of the British brewing renaissance. This year it scooped not one but two Triple Gold gongs for its universally acclaimed (and devilishly strong) Jaipur IPA and for a brew called Kill Your Darlings. It also grabbed Two Golds for Bracia and Raven. The only other Derbyshire producer to score above one was Croot’s Farm Shop, nabbing a brace for its smoked back bacon.

One Star Winners
Fresh Ground of Belper (carrot cake)
Peak District Dairy of Tideswell (honey yoghurt)
Vanilla Kitchen of Tideswell (brownies)
Buxton Pudding Co of Buxton (cakes)

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
One Star Winners

Riverside Bakery of Nottingham (quiche)
The Country Victualler of Winkburn Hall (Alderton ham)
Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms of Rolleston (crab apple jellies)
Newfield Dairy Ice Cream of Hockerton (lemon curd ice cream)
Hammond Food Oils of Nottingham (rapeseed oil and a balsamic)
Westin Gourmet of Nottingham (steaks)

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LINCOLNSHIRE
Stamford Garden Centre won a rare Three Gold Stars (one of only a handful in the country) for its haslet and an impressive Two Stars for its Lincolnshire sausages. Fellow Lincs producer and Great Food Club business Redhill Farm Free Range Pork grabbed double gold for its Oak-Smoked Pancetta and Free Range Belly Pork. In addition, Liz Ives, a gluten-free baker from Market Rasen, took two golds for her Golden Ginger Cake.

One Star Winners
Pipers Crisps of Brigg
Chapman’s of Grimsby (haddock bakes)
Watergull Orchards of Wisbech (beetroot juice)
Just Like Your Grannies (sic) of Lincoln (chutney)

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Castle Ashby Smokehouse (no website) was Northants’ most-starred producer, snaffling two golds for its smoked bacon.

One Star Winners
The Village Orchard of Flore (apple juices)
Dunkleys of Wellingborough (rabbit suet pie)
Whitworths of Irthlingborough (dried fruit)
Classic Cakes of Daventry (brownies and granola slice)
Faccenda of Brackley (Asda readymeals)
Solway Foods of Corby (chicken salad)
Classic Cuisine of Northampton (asparagus dish)

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WARWICKSHIRE
There was one Three Gold Star winner from Warwickshire and it’s something of a surprise: Pershore College makes its own fruit juices and ciders, and it bagged a top award for both its Organic Cider and its Concorde Pear Juice. Meanwhile, The Teahouse of Henley-in-Arden grabbed Two Gold Stars for both its Jasmine Silver Needle tea and its Phoenix Oolong. Monsoon Estates of Stratford-upon-Avon won Two Golds for its Nicaraguan Maragogype coffee.

One Star Winners
Adlington of Balsall Common (ham and smoked turkey)
The Smoked Olive (smoked sun-dried tomatoes)
Devine Foods of Rugby (African oxtail stew)
Joe Delucci’s Ice Cream of Light Horn (ice creams)
Lakes Cakes of Alcester (cakes)

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Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. 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'.