Round-up of Lincolnshire’s outstanding places

By Rachel Linstead

The last few months have been a time of celebration for food businesses here in Lincolnshire. February started with the Select Lincolnshire awards at The White Heather in Hemswell. Here are the winners:

Hotel of the Year – Oaklands Hall Hotel, Grimsby
Bed & Breakfast of the Year – Caxton House, Skegness
Grower of the Year – Strawberry Fields Organics, Boston
Tea Room of the Year – The Old Stables, Horncastle
Pub of the Year – Seacroft Bar, Thrusthorpe
Restaurant of the Year – Harrisons, Barton Upon Humber
Producer of the Year – Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham
Retailer of the Year – Manor Farm Shop, Swineshead
Wholesaler of the Year – Pocklington’s Bakery, Withern
Caterer of the Year – The Farm Kitchen, Ewerby Thorpe
Function Venue of the Year – Hemswell Court, Hemswell
People’s Choice Award – Mountain’s Boston Sausage

I’ve visited many of these places and all are worthy winners.


Exceptional fish & chips

Meanwhile, in the 2015 National Fish & Chip Awards, Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln scooped two gongs, winning Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant of the Year, as well as receiving an award for staff training and development.

Rachel Tweedle, 25, who manages Seaford’s Elite Fish & Chip Company restaurant and takeaway, won Young Fish Fryer of the Year, awarded by National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) where she was put to the test against other young fryers at the NFFF training school in Leeds.

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Burton Road Chippy


Vodka recognition

Claire Hall who founded Percy’s Vodka Iced Tea of Kirton Holme, Boston, 10 years ago was recognised for all the hard work she has put into the business by winning Angels Bring Business Angel Manna Award, which recognises women working in the food, drink and health sectors. Claire started her business from her own kitchen and recently begun manufacturing the product at the National Centre for Food Manufacture in Holbeach. She has been approached by the website Not On The High Street, which is interested in listing her products.

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The Bronze Pig trots off to a new venue

Due to continued success and demand for tables, The Bronze Pig restaurant has relocated to bigger premises on Burton Road, Lincoln. The restaurant is owned and run by Irishman Eamonn Hunt, Masterchef finalist in 2012, and Sicilian Pompeo Spalding-Siracusa. Both share a passion for first class food and service using authentic, fresh and local produce. The restaurant offers contemporary English cuisine, with a strong Italian influence.

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Rachel Linstead is founder of Lincoln business consultancy Firecracker UK and also writes a blog called Lincolnshire Girl

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