Below is the nomination criteria for the 2017 Devon Life Food & Drink Awards. Click on ‘More information’ to find further details of each category.
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
This award is designed to praise a local food or drink business for their excellent awareness of their customers’ needs.
Sponsored by WESTCHEM
The winner of this category will be the restaurant that – in the judges’ opinion – offers the best dining experience.
BEST PUB OF THE YEAR
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The whole eating out experience needs to be taken into account in this category. Judge customer service, value for money and the quality of the food.
BEST DEVON SUNDAY ROAST
This is a newer category introduced to champion one of the nation’s favourite dishes.
BEST COFFEE/TEA SHOP OF THE YEAR
We recognise that tea shops and coffee shops are an integral part of the Devon food and drink scene and we’d like to know your favourites.
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by SAVILLS
This category enables our numerous hotel restaurants to stand out from the crowd.
BEST DRINKS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
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This is your opportunity to nominate your favourite drink – made by a Devon farm producer, retailer or manufacturer.
BEST FOOD PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
This category is open to all types of food products excluding meat products.
BEST LOCAL PRODUCER
Sponsored by NFU MUTUAL – PLYMOUTH
Consider asking your butcher how their meat is hung, prepared and cut and whether it can be traced to a local farm.
The chef of the year is someone who has devoted themselves to the cause of serving the best possible food.
FAMILY DINING AWARD
Sponsored by COTTAGES.COM
Judges of this category will be looking for a restaurant, café or pub which really meets the needs of family dining.
BEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by THE FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES
This popular category is open to anyone in the food or drink business who has started a new business venture within the last 18 months.
BEST INDEPENDENT FOOD RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by POTBURYS
Vote for your favourite local food or drink retailer in this category, look out for establishments that genuinely supply items produced and grown here in Devon.