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Success for Lichfield businesses in Taste of Staffordshire Awards

Lichfield businesses were among the winners at the 2009 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards.

More than 70 restaurants, pubs, brasseries, tea-rooms, visitor attractions and banqueting venues entered the awards, which recognise quality, excellence and the use of local products in the county’s food and drink industry.

Guests at the 2009 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards

Guests at the 2009 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards

The ceremony was held at Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford on October 6. Councillor Ian Parry, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council, presented awards to winners in the nine individual categories, in front of an audience of almost 400.

Competition judge Richard Morrey, Managing Director from Service Science Limited, who presented the Personal Award for Outstanding Service, said:

“It has been a tough year for the food and drink sector and we hope that the competition will help raise the profile of businesses that provide high quality, locally sourced food, drink and deliver exceptional quality.

Full list of winners:

Restaurant of the Year (European influence)

  1. Moddershall Oaks Spa & Restaurant, nr Stone
  2. Mint Restaurant, Streetly, nr Lichfield
  3. Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver, South Staffordshire

Siam Corner Ma Ma Thai collect their award

Siam Corner Ma Ma Thai collect their award

Restaurant of the Year (Non-European and Asian influence)

  1. Siam Corner Ma Ma Thai, Lichfield
  2. Mango Tree, Stonnall, nr Lichfield
  3. Siam Corner Thai Marina, Barton under Needwood

Brasserie of the Year

  1. The Swan Hotel, Stafford
  2. 99 Station Street, Burton upon Trent
  3. The Winery, Burton upon Trent

Pub of the Year

  1. The Holly Bush, Stockton Brook, nr Leek
  2. The Holly Bush, Trysull, South Staffordshire
  3. The Star Inn, Copmere End, Eccleshall

Tea Room of the Year

  1. Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café, nr Uttoxeter
  2. The Swan Hotel, Stafford
  3. Roaches Tea Rooms, Upper Hulme, nr Leek

Visitor Attraction of the Year

  1. Jenkinsons at Silks Restaurant, Uttoxeter Racecourse
  2. The Plant Plot Garden Centre, Lichfield
  3. Eden Day Spa, Hoar Cross

Packington Moor Farm celebrate their award

Packington Moor Farm celebrate their award

Banqueting Award

  1. Packington Moor Farm, nr Lichfield
  2. Jenkinsons at The Ashes, Endon, nr Leek
  3. Jenkinsons at Sandon Hall, nr Stafford

NFU Award for Best Use of Local Produce

  1. Essington Fruit Farm, South Staffordshire
  2. Denstone Hall Farmshop & Café, nr Uttoxeter
  3. Ramblers Retreat, Alton

Service Science Personal Award for Outstanding Service

  1. Milo Cevar, The Izaak Walton Hotel, Dovedale

Best Newcomer

  1. Mint Restaurant, Streetly, nr Lichfield

Best Use of Local Beers

  1. The Shoulder of Mutton, Lichfield

More information about the award winners can be found at together with a local produce directory.

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