Gold, silver and bronze awards given to Northamptonshire’s top restaurants and chefs

The 2022 Weetabix Food and Drink Awards.

The winners of the 2022 Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drinks (WNFAD) awards have been revealed at a long-awaited black tie ceremony at the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

The competition, now in its fourteenth year, has received hundreds of nominations and entries in 15 categories from a wide range of ambitious and motivated individuals and businesses in Northamptonshire’s food and drink sector.

The awards aim to celebrate all that is great about local produce and beverages, recognizing excellence in restaurants across the county and rewarding those who work so hard in the culinary sector.

Helen Fospero, Richard Clinton (Delapre Abbey) Toby and Mandy Mears (Millie Pickles), Kristina Rihanoff

The results were announced at a dazzling awards dinner held at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Wednesday 12 October and here they are:

Local Craft Drink of the Year

– GOLD: Blue Aurora, English Blueberry Ice Wine

– GOLD: Stonyfield English Quality Sparkling Wine, Rosé

Helen Fospero, Ata and Pammy Raydemir (Alacati Grill), Ian Kellend (British Pepper and Spice) and Nick.

– GOLD: Gin Lactodorum Towcester, Wharf Distillery

– SILVER: Heidrun Session NEIPA, Three Hills Brewing

– SILVER: Fresh, Wild and Furrow Oat Drink

– BRONZE: Solstice Malt Whisky, Wharf Distillery

Helen Fospero, Bart Polinski, Clive Banks, Vita Whittaker and Professor David Foskett (Whitco).

Local Artisanal Product of the Year (sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed)

– GOLD: Naked Dairy Gelato, Rocky’s Gelato

– SILVER: Northamptonshire Blue, Hamm Tun Fine Foods

– SILVER: Blueberry Lavender Jam, Mee Farmers

– SILVER: Sourdough White, Whittlebury Bakery

– BRONZE: Garlic and Fennel Salami, Northampton Charcuterie Company

– BRONZE: tomato and pepper chutney, canned green cooking

– BRONZE: Elderflower sorbet, Your Cool

Local Artisan Vegetarian/Vegan Product of the Year (Sponsored by Daily Bread)

GOLD: Oinkin’ Pattie from The Curious Vegan Co.

SILVER: Spicy Rhubarb Chutney from The Food Library

SILVER: Northampton Cheese Company Tongue Taster

BRONZE: Mille Pickles Cucumber and Dill Sauerkraut

BRONZE: Salma Shah’s Almond Coconut Granola

BRONZE: Sweet Lounge Raspberry Blue Vegan Bottles

Booker Dining Place of the Year (Sponsored by Booker)

GOLD: Electric Pavilion, Northampton

GOLD: Hibiscus Fine Dining, Northampton

GOLD: Ember Restaurant, Wellingborough

GOLD: The Arrogant Fox, Lowick

SILVER: The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton

SILVER: The Folly Inn, Towcester

SILVER: Tollemache Arms, Harrington

BRONZE: faucet and kitchen, Oundle

BRONZE: The Plow Inn, Shutlanger

BRONZE: The Rose and the Crown, Yardley Hastings

Booker Young Chef of the Year (sponsored by Booker)

GOLD: Hannah Dunne, Ember Restaurant

GOLD: Shawn Monk, The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

SILVER: Nicole Wicks, Rushton Hall

BRONZE: David Smith – The Palmichael

BRONZE: Matthew Heritage, The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

Community Cafe of the Year (supported by The Good Loaf)

GOLD: Saints Coffee, Northampton

SILVER: Cafe 1850, Northampton

BRONZE: Aspen Café, Bosworth Garden Center

BRONZE: Cafe Track, Northampton

BRONZE: Johnny’s Happy Place, Kettering

BRONZE: The Place to Bee, Kingsthorpe

Outstanding Contribution to Food and Drink in Northamptonshire Award (Sponsored by All Things Business)

Winner – Colin Richardson

Farm Environment Award (Sponsored by Weetabix Growers Group)

GOLD – Phillip Johnson & Daughters, Rectory Farm

SILVER – JA Knight & Son

F&B Director of the Year (Sponsored by Howes Percival LLP)

GOLD: Andy Collins – Whittlebury Bakery

SILVER: Aldo Gallone – E. Gallone Ltd

SILVER: Joe Buckley – Tollemache Arms

BRONZE: Suzy Keeping & Chris D’alessio – KDR Events

Food and Beverage College Student of the Year

GOLD: Bilal Ismail – Northampton College

GOLD: Tia ‘Echo’ Morris – Northampton College

SILVER: Elisabeth Knott – Moulton College

BRONZE: Luke Wolstencroft – Tresham College

BRONZE: Will McGowan – Tresham College

Healthy Food and Wellness Award (sponsored by Abbaye Delapré)

Healthy food and well-being – Producers

GOLD: Cucumber and Dill Sauerkraut, Millie Pickles

SILVER: Super Shake Chocolate Flavor – Nasty Vegan

SILVER: Organic Wheatgrass Juice – Britt’s Superfoods

BRONZE: Kebab-ish, Bite me Spices

BRONZE: Tomato and Red Pepper Relish, Friars Farm

Healthy Eating and Wellness Awards, Workplace

BRONZE: Northampton General Hospital

Local Food Hero of the Year (Sponsored by Moulton College)

GOLD: Towcester Community Pantry

BRONZE: Community Health Works UK CIC

BRONZE: Elliott Rectory Farm

BRONZE: Jamie’s Quality Butchers

One To Watch (sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers)

GOLD: the flavors trailer

SILVER: Northampton Cheese Company

Weetabix Sustainability Award (sponsored by Weetabix)

SILVER: Jute Coffee Limited

SILVER: West Lodge Farm Park

Whitco Chef of the Year (sponsored by Whitco)

GOLD: Bart Polinski – Hibiscus Fine Dining

SILVER: Arturs Dzerins – Electric Pavilion

BRONZE: Ben Drury, The Red Lion, Cranford

BRONZE: Michael O’Gorman, University of Northampton, Waterside Campus

World Cuisine Restaurant of the Year (sponsored by British Pepper & Spice)

GOLD: Alacati Grill, Daventry

GOLD: Mewar Haveli, Northampton

SILVER: June Plum, Wellingborough

BRONZE: Pjayz Kitchen, Northampton

The evening began with official welcomes from Awards Manager, Rachel Mallows MBE DL of The Mallows Company, Jo Gordon of Royal & Derngate and Stuart Branch of main sponsors, Weetabix, before guests were treated to a meal of three courses made with ingredients from Northamptonshire.

Winners in all categories were presented with trophies by special guest presenter of the evening and journalist Helen Fospero, best known for her role as presenter on shows such as GMTV, Daybreak and Lorraine, who for the second year was the master of ceremony.

You can also follow the awards on Twitter and Instagram at @foodawardsHQ or on Facebook.

Freeda S. Scott