Dorset Food & Drink is a membership organisation for food, drink and hospitality businesses based in Dorset who produce, serve, and sell great local products - celebrating their connection to the county. Whilst the core vision and objectives of Dorset Food & Drink remain almost unchanged. The pandemic has sharpened its focus and they are shifting towards a more sustainable, mindful approach to work, its members and consumers.
With a food culture and economy to be proud of, its farmers, fishermen and fisherwomen, bakers, cheese makers, chocolatiers, brewers, coffee roasters, vineyards, dairies, ice cream makers, hotels, restaurants, and cafes all contribute to a diverse and vibrant food and drink offering. But Dorset Food & Drink also get out and about, hosting our its events food fairs and festivals, where they want their consumers, members, and stakeholders to feel it, live it, eat it, shop it, relax, holiday in it, and be proud to ‘shop’ and buy in Dorset.
The creativity and resourcefulness of food and drink businesses throughout this most tumultuous of years has been a constant source of inspiration, and it’s been a pleasure to help, support and showcase members and their businesses as we emerge from lockdown, Dorset Food & Drink will help them get them back to what they love doing- bringing top quality food and drink to visitors and local consumers here in Dorset and beyond.
Dorset Food and Drink community interest company limited by guarantee and not-for-profit.www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org Sponsor of The Face of Food and Drink 2021 Award
Bespoke Wedding Experiences in the heart of the rural Dorset countryside.Tucked away amongst Dorset’s hidden valleys is West Axnoller Farm, home to Chedington Weddings. A place lost in time - calm, relaxed and truly private. The farm is set in 100 acres of rolling countryside at the source of the river Axe, this is the perfect place to realise the wedding of your dreams.
Celebrations with Chedington Weddings are a weekend-long experience filled with excitement and free of stress. The entire venue is yours for three days, meaning you can immerse yourself in the surroundings with your loved ones in your own secluded bubble. The venue can accommodate wedding parties of up to 220 guests. With multiple ceremony locations, no matter the weather we can ensure a perfect day.
Creativity & PersonalisationIt offers a choice of several beautiful locations to hold your ceremony and endless opportunities for those all-important wedding day photos. The venue is a perfect blank-canvas, whether you want an intimate, romantic ceremony with only your closest friends or a grand-scale celebration with partying until the early hours.
Chedington Weddings are proud to offer luxury guest accommodation on-site. Its two flagship houses include large open plan social areas, five bedrooms each, and access to indoor heated pools, spas and hot tubs. It is possible to arrange, private chefs, beauty therapists or anything else you or your guests might need to make your special weekend perfect.
A Dedicated TeamIts wedding team is on-hand throughout your weekend to assist with anything you might need. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to ensuring every aspect of your wedding day runs smoothly - this means that you can truly relax and enjoy every moment, without worrying about any of the logistical details.
Sponsor of The Best Newcomer Award
Born in Dorset in 2002, Chococo are a proudly independent artisan chocolate company crafting all of its award-winning fine chocolates, gelato and baked treats by hand in-house. Winner of the Dorset Food & Drink Hero 2019, Chococo are delighted to be supporting this year’s awards celebrating the best of Dorset. Winners of 100 national and international fine food awards for its creations to date, the company works with the finest ethically sourced Raisetrade and Direct Trade single origin chocolate from Madagascar, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia (all of which is palm oil-free and low in sugar) and they love collaborating with local food and drink producers to create exciting, unique flavours that showcase our wonderful county. Chococo has been working with local producers since it started, including Craig’s Farm Dairy for all cream and milk, and Field Honey. Over the years it has also worked with Black Cow Vodka, Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese (yes you read that right!), The Watercress Co, Furleigh Estate, Conker Spirits, Mure Liqueurs, The Alweston Jam and Chutney Empire and the Dorset Sea Salt Co. The company is very proud to be a Dorset brand offering a nationwide mail order service and a unique chocolate experience via its four Chocolate Houses in Swanage, Winchester, Exeter and Horsham, each with an integrated shop and cafe. Chococo hope its customers discover the joy of tasting truly fine chocolate, whether as a chocolate, hot chocolate, brownie or scoop of gelato, and leave with their spirits lifted!
Sponsor of The Food and Drink Innovation Award
Clipper Teas have been making delicious teas in Dorset since 1984, from small beginnings in its founders kitchen with a single chest of Assam.
Today, the company works directly with growers from the best tea gardens to source, select and blend all its own products. As the UK’s first and now the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand, Clipper Teas choose to work with progressive tea estates who look to improve the quality of life for their workers and their families.
They are tea pioneers, and proud to invent and launch the world’s first plant-based, unbleached, non-GM tea bag in 2018 (right here in Dorset). Clipper Teas believe that every cup of tea counts and are dedicated to making sure that every cup of tea is always natural, fair and delicious.
Sponsor of The Café, Coffee or Teashop of the Year Award
Country Image has been supplying beautiful Bathrooms, Kitchens, and Bedrooms within Blandford Forum, and the surrounding Dorset areas, since 1982. After joining the Mayflower Group at the start of 2021, the showroom has undergone a major refurbishment, displaying some of the most innovative and design-led products available on the market today. The business has always been an important presence in Dorset and has become a household name in the local area, but with the added experience and expertise gained from joining the Mayflower Group, the business has evolved into a leading destination for domestic customers, hoteliers, and housebuilders, supplying products throughout Europe as well as covering the whole of the UK. The dedicated team of Bathroom, Kitchen, and Bedroom designers are proud to be widely renowned for their high quality, personable service, and extensive product and design knowledge, ensuring their customers are getting the very best from their homes. Country Image is much more than a showroom, it is a design destination store.To book a dedicated appointment at the brand-new showroom or talk to one of the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01258 454 821.
Sponsors of Pub of the Year
At Creo we work with both interior designers and residential clients throughout the southern counties and London to turn ideas into reality. Using traditional making methods, quality products and skilled craftspeople in our factory in Shaftesbury, where we have been for 30 years. We produce bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, dressing rooms, media rooms, boot rooms, pantries, home office furniture, stand alone items the list is endless, if its bespoke, made of wood then nine times out of ten we can do it. We are proud to be part of the Made In Britain campaign and even more proud to be based in this lovely county. Why not book a visit to see our workshop in action, see our displays and then take a stroll into town to enjoy the panoramic views.
Sponsors of Outstanding Front of House
Furleigh Estate is a serious vineyard and winery. It is owned and run by Ian Edwards and Rebecca Hansford with Furleigh being Rebecca’s childhood home. All their wine is made in the purpose-built winery by Ian from grapes grown on the Estate. This means they control all aspects of the wine-making process from, as it were, ground to glass and insist on the highest quality at all stages of production.
Average annual production is around 50,000 bottles of sparkling wine and 10,000 bottles of still wine. The sparkling wines are made in the traditional method using the Champagne grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Their wine is available locally in many wine merchants, delis, farm shops and directly from the Estate, where tours of the vineyard and winery are available. Furleigh Estate wine is also sold around the UK and across the world from Tokyo to Toronto.
Sponsor of The Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year Award
Harts of Stur is a fourth generation, family owned country department store and award winning ecommerce site based in the North Dorset market town of Sturminster Newton.
Starting life as the town’s blacksmith in 1919, the company has evolved over the years, with every generation steering the company forward. Fast forward over 100 years and Harts of Stur is one of the UK's largest in-store and online retailers of cookware, kitchenware and kitchen electrics.
The modern store is a great place to visit, selling much more than just cookware. Those local to our store know us as an Aladdin's cave. Benefiting from a recent multi-million pound expansion and redevelopment programme, the store now includes a brand new garden department with a large outdoor area. Other departments include clothing, home/housewares, hardware/decorating/DIY and outdoor leisure/camping. And soon you’ll be able to enjoy a break from your shopping or meet up with family and friends over a freshly brewed coffee and a slice of cake, or a delicious light lunch, when the Harts Coffee Loft opens later this year. Situated on the spacious first floor above the new garden department, the Coffee Loft will seat around 40 people and will serve delicious fresh food and drink from an extensive menu.
The efforts to lower the impact our business has on the environment haven’t gone unnoticed either. We were delighted to be awarded the Sustainability Initiative Award at the Good Retail Awards 2021. The sustainability award recognises retailers that have successfully implemented sustainability initiatives within their business. The judges were impressed with our overall commitment, especially the implementation of replacement LED lighting, air source heat pump which significantly lowers our carbon footprint, and the substitution of non-recyclable packaging to a biodegradable alternative within our mail order dispatch centre.
Sponsors of Casual Restaurant of the Year
NFU Mutual Wessex offers a wide range of personal and business insurance products serving customers across Dorset and Wiltshire. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the hospitality and food & drink industries and can provide advice and expertise to help businesses, large or small, thrive in these sectors. Not only do NFU Mutual Wessex understand your business and the issues you face, they are on your doorstep to provide a local personal service and a tailored solution through their Wareham office.
LOOKING AFTER CUSTOMERS IS AT THE HEART OF THE BUSINESSWith insurance, pensions and investments, you need to feel confident you’re getting what’s right for you. NFU Mutual Wessex believe in putting their customers’ interests first by offering quality products and an expert local service.
Cover for your businessIn addition to offering specialist business insurance cover for a range of industries including the Food, Drink, Hospitality and Leisure sectors, NFU Mutual Wessex can provide a choice of risk management solutions to help you to identify and minimise the risks to your business and comply with legislation.Risk Management Services are provided by NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Limited.
Cover for you personallyNFU Mutual Wessex also offers a wide range of personal insurance products:• Home (additional cover available for dog and cat, caravan and travel)• Car (including Motorhomes)• High-value home• Horse and Rider
Financial services & adviceNFU Mutual Wessex’s Financial Adviser is available to help you plan for and protect your financial future:• Tax efficient investments• Retirement planning• Life and critical illness cover• Income protection• Inheritance Tax planning
NFU Mutual Financial Advisers advise on NFU Mutual products and selected products from specialist providers. They’ll take the time to explain the advice services and charges. Please remember if we recommend any investments their value can go down as well as up. Financial advice is provided by NFU Mutual Select Investments Limited.
Sponsor of The Best Retailer Award
Saffery Champness LLP is a firm of chartered accountants that advises individuals and families, not-for-profit organisations and businesses across a range of sectors. As a member of Nexia International, it is part of a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms. The firm’s Bournemouth-based team supports and works with a significant portfolio of clients within the local food and drink sector, acting for entrepreneurial businesses in the farm to fork market (ranging from producers to hospitality venues). This experience has given them an invaluable understanding of the issues and challenges faced by businesses in the sector, enabling them to develop a range of successful strategies and solutions to help clients succeed. Saffery Champness has a national in-house team to fully support clients on such matters as tax efficient structures and profit extraction, employee remuneration packages, VAT planning, business planning & strategy, funding arrangements and corporate finance transactions. Along with a comprehensive range of compliance services to ensure clients meet their statutory obligations. For over 160 years, the firm’s success has been founded upon providing clients with a genuinely partner-led service and working with them to create bespoke solutions that help them to achieve their personal and business objectives. For more information visit www.saffery.com or see Twitter @Safferys.www.saffery.com
Sponsor of The Best Product or Producer Award
The team at WhitePepper is extremely proud to sponsor this category in its 11th year. The internationally revered Chef Academy is a driving force in the independent culinary arts sector, demonstrated in part by their clutch of three national awards. WhitePepper’s lifetime career and mentor support to alumni shows how strong the collective vision is. The Cooks Academy in partnership with schools delivers a healthier cooking and eating qualification via after school clubs, whilst the Saturday Cookery School continues to satisfy the enduring trend of cooking as a significant hobby. With the training kitchens filled to the brim during peak times, accredited cooking online is coming.
Sponsor of The Chef of the Year Award