The votes have been counted! Here’s the Great Food Club Awards 2015 shortlist

Published on May 21, 2015

The Great Food Club Awards 2015 shortlist is here! It is the result of 1,750 votes cast by Great Food Club Members and other local-food lovers over the past few weeks. It comprises the top three vote winners in each category for each region.

We now move to a judging process by the Great Food Club writing team to decide the 2015 champions. We will also hand out a People’s Choice Award in each category to the business that achieved the highest number of total votes.

All winners will be announced later this summer.

For now though, here are the top vote winners – undoubtedly some of the best food and drink independents in the Midlands. Congratulations to everyone listed.


The Great Food Club Awards 2015 Shortlist, in alphabetical order

Producer category

Amber Valley Wines, Heage
Croots Farm Shop (Farnah House Farm), Duffield
Lindsay’s Still Room, Turnditch

Leicestershire & Rutland
The Garage Bakehouse, Market Harborough, Leics
Hambleton Bakery, Exton, Rutland
Nice Pie, Old Dalby, Leics

Brewster’s Brewery, Grantham
Doddington Farm Shop (Doddington Kitchen Garden), Doddington
Redhill Farm Free Range Pork, Gainsborough

Harkers Farm Shop (Blackberry Farm), Clipston on the Wolds
Maxeys Farm Shop (Brickfield Farm), Kirklington
Sauce Shop, Nottingham

Brown’s Gourmet Sausages, Wollaston
King’s Cliffe Brewery, King’s Cliffe
Warner Edwards Gin, Harrington

West Midlands region
Loaf Community Bakery, Stirchley, Birmingham
Purity Brewery, Great Alne
Talton Mill Farm (Talton Mill Farm Shop), Newbold on Stour


Pub/restaurant category

Calabria, Chesterfield
The Samuel Fox, Bradwell
The Shires Eatery at Croots Farm Shop, Duffield

Leicestershire & Rutland
The Olive Branch, Clipsham
Red Lion Inn, Stathern
The Smokehouse, Leicester

Doddington Hall Restaurant & Café, Doddington
The Jew’s House, Lincoln
The Mad Turk, Stamford

The Swan, Braybrooke
The Wheatsheaf, Dallington
The White Horse, Old

The Clock House, Upton
The Harley Café, Welbeck
Hart’s, Nottingham

West Midlands region
Duncombe Arms, Ellastone
On The Rocks at Quigleys, Rugby
Pure Bar & Kitchen, Birmingham


Shop category

Bluebells Dairy Farm Shop, Derby
Croots Farm Shop, Duffield
Hackwood Farm Shop, Radbourne

Leicestershire & Rutland
Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough
The Garage Bakehouse, Market Harborough
Thrussington Village Stores, Thrussington

Doddington Hall Farm Shop, Doddington
Grasmere Farm Shop, Market Deeping
Stamford Deli, Stamford

Ashley Farm Shop, Ashley
Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby
Waterloo Cottage Farm, Great Oxendon

Gonalston Farm Shop, Gonalston
Harkers Farm Shop, Clipston on the Wolds
Welbeck Farm Shop, Welbeck

West Midlands region
Jim Gough Greengrocers, Wolverhampton
Loaf Community Bakery, Stirchley
Talton Mill Farm Shop, Newbold on Stour

NB. All duplicate votes cast from the same computer were removed before counting took place.

Thanks to everyone who voted. We really appreciate it.


Those listed above not already part of Great Food Club’s recommended network will be added in due course. We’ll also be contacting businesses that narrowly missed out.

Everyone listed above will receive a Great Food Club Awards ‘shortlisted’ badge for their website, and the eventual winners will get a champion’s badge, plus a unique framed watercolour by Great Food Club artist Graham Wright to hang in their premises.

The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.