The competition this year was outstanding and Dorset Magazine received a record number of votes across all categories. It was extremely difficult for our judges to select the top three nominees for each category, though we are delighted to announce the winners and finalists of the 2016 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards:

 

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Crab House Café, Wyke Regis

Highly Commended: Something Else Fishy, Sherborne

Highly Commended: The Cruel Sea, Poole

 

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by National Westchem

Winner: Conservatory Restaurant, The Eastbury, Sherborne

Highly Commended: Arbor, The Green House, Bournemouth

Highly Commended: The Pig on the Beach, Studland

 

BEST DORSET ROAST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Fiona Penny at Sunflowers

Winner: The White Post, Rimpton

Highly Commended: The Kings Arms, Portesham

Highly Commended: The Larder House, Southbourne

 

BEST RESTAURANT/DINING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Furleigh Estate

 Winner: Roots, Southbourne

Highly Commended: Al Molo, Weymouth

Highly Commended: The Larder House, Southbourne

 

BEST GASTRO PUB OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Orchard Park      

Winner: The Anchor Inn, Seatown

Highly Commended: The Kings Arms, Portesham

Highly Commended: The White Post, Rimpton

 

BEST CHEF OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Kitchencraft

Winner: Jan Bretschneider, Roots

Highly Commended: Brett Sutton, The White Post

Highly Commended: Jean-Paul De Ronne, The Anchor Inn

 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Beales Gourmet

Winner: Dorset Market Kitchen, Winfrith

Highly Commended: Nick The Fish, Poole

Highly Commended: Winston’s Café, Poole

 

BEST BUTCHER/MEAT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Peter Treble Family Butchers, Bournemouth

Highly Commended: Else Butchers Family Butchers, Stalbridge

Highly Commended: Webster Family Butchers, Bournemouth

 

INDEPENDENT FOOD SHOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ford Farm

Winner: Dorset Chilli Shop, Bournemouth

Highly Commended: Dike & Son, Stalbridge

Highly Commended: The Salt Pig, Wareham

 

BEST TEAROOM/COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by McCarthy & Stone

Winner: Worth Matravers Tea & Supper Room, Swanage

Highly Commended: The Courtyard Tea Rooms, Poole

Highly Commended: The Little Teapot, Poole

 

BEST DRINKS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Pengillys

Winner: Pothecary Gin, Soapbox Spirits

Highly Commended: English Sparkling Wine, Langham Estate

Highly Commended: Porters Perfection Vodka, Liberty Fields

 

BEST FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink

Winner: Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Sturminster Newton

Highly Commended: Bridport Food Festival, Bridport

Highly Commended: Highcliffe Revival Food Festival, Christchurch

 

BEST FOOD PRODUCT/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Bournemouth University

Winner: A Jar Of, Sturminster Newton

Highly Commended: From Dorset With Love, Milton Abbas

Highly Commended: South West Garlic Farm, Bridport

 

2016 FOOD & FARMING HERO

Sponsored by Lulworth Castle

Winner: James Warren, The Salt Pig