Wholesaler of the Year 2017

The annual awards organised by Select Lincolnshire – the county’s local food champion who celebrate, showcase and recognise the people and businesses behind Lincolnshire’s billion pound food and farming industry.

Some of the county’s most loved businesses including Stokes Tea and Coffee, Gourmazin, the Horse and Groom and Pink Pig Farm came together to celebrate the sector and hear who won the 14 tough categories which included restaurant, producer and pub of the year as well as the stand out People’s Choice Award which was voted for by the general public.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous four course Lincolnshire meal, all expertly created by Head Chef Rob Smith and the catering team at Lincoln Minster School.

All ingredients were kindly supplied by members of Select Lincolnshire including, Grassmere Farms, Modens Bakery, Dennetts Ice Cream, Lincolnshire Brewing Company, A Little Luxury, Scamans Eggs and The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company.

After the meal, it was onto the most exciting part. Melvyn Prior from BBC Radio Lincolnshire compered the evening and announced the winners.

The full line-up of winners included:

Forest Pines Hotel won Hotel of the Year

The Manor House Stables won Teaching/Education Establishment of the Year

The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company won Wholesaler of the Year

The White Hart Hotel won Restaurant of the Year

Bottomley Distillers won Producer of the Year

R J Hirst won Retailer of the Year

Elms Farm Cottages won Self-Caterer of the Year

The Royal William IV won Pub of the Year

Coffee Bobbins won Tearoom of the Year

Brackenborough Hall Coach House won Business of the Year

The White Hart Hotel won Caterer/Venue of the Year

The final and most prestigious award of the evening was The People’s Choice Award. This award was the most competitive and was voted for by the general public. Votes came in close but the business who took the crown was Scamans Eggs from Louth.

Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce spoke about the awards saying; “Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted businesses this year.

“The judging process was tough as there are so many new up and coming businesses all doing great things. We wish we could award everyone.

“But we wish all our winners and shortlisted businesses the very best and we look forward to seeing what they do next. We are proud to be part of a brand that gets to champion and showcase Lincolnshire’s finest when it comes to local food, farming and hospitality.

“I think it’s safe to say that what we have in this county is very special, and Select Lincolnshire continues to play a prominent role for local businesses, helping to promote talent and all the people involved who make it an extraordinary part of our local culture and heritage.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported in organising the awards this year, and of course all the businesses involved, because it wouldn’t be possible without them”.