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South Cumbria shines at food awards

Published on: Friday 4th March 2016
Categorised under: Live , Awards, Cumbria, Food and Drink

A host of South Cumbrian eateries scooped honours at the fifth annual Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards.

Simon Rogan’s nationally-renowned L’Enclume in Cartmel took home the Restaurant of the Year award at the glittering ceremony, hosted by famous sheepdog handler Katy Cropper at Kendal College last night (Thursday, March 3).

Richard Eccles, editor of Cumbria Life magazine, said: "If Cumbria is the food capital of the UK outside London then south Cumbria is certainly its beating heart.

"The food scene around Cartmel and Ambleside is amazing, and in this year's awards it's been great to see so many people striking out on their own and opening cafes and bakeries who have learned their trade in places like L'Enclume and the Drunken Duck.”

The Choose South Cumbria-backed Dining Pub of the Year award was jointly won by the Drunken Duck, near Ambleside, and The Punch Bowl Inn in Crosthwaite.

New Spanish tapas restaurant L'al Churrasco in Ulverston won the prestigious Cumbria Life Readers’ Award, while Forest Side in Grasmere was named Best Newcomer and Hotel Restaurant of the Year.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Stuart and Pauline Higginson, who run Higginson’s of Grange. The husband and wife partnership source all their meat from local farms have won countless awards both locally and nationally for their outstanding Cumbrian meat.

Here is the full list of winners of the Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards 2016:

Restaurant of the Year

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Forest Side, Grasmere

Chef of the Year

James Cross, Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside

Dining Pub of the Year

Drunken Duck, nr Ambleside Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite (JOINT WINNERS)

Food & Drink Pub of the Year

Golden Fleece, Ruleholme, Carlisle

Best Local Restaurant

Brossen Steakhouse, Inn on the Square, Keswick

Best Café

Homeground, Windermere

Best Specialist Retailer

Lovingly Artisan, Oxenholme Station

Producer of the Year

Kin Vodka, Newby Bridge

Outstanding Service Award

Nico Chieze, Askham Hall

Best Newcomer

Forest Side, Grasmere

Cumbria Life Readers’ Award

L’al Churrasco, Ulverston

Rising Star Special Award

Sam Norman, Dutch Uncle/Shabby Scholar, Carlisle

Food & Farming Special Award

Jonathan & Susan Stott, Cartmel Valley Game

Lifetime Achievement Award

Stuart and Pauline Higginson, Higginson’s of Grange

Outstanding Contribution to Cumbrian Food & Drink

Steph Barton, Drunken Duck and Chesters by the River

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