Last night was the Festival Food & Drink Awards at St Michael’s Manor. It was a fantastic evening with hundreds there to hear who had won the prestigious awards. Mokoko served mojitos and Flagship served prosecco, which did not help my head today. Still, they were lovely. We had a delicious meal including pumpkin soup, curries, and crocombouche (inspired by Great British Bake-off?). We sat with the rest of the Herts Ad team, allaboutstalbans, Flagship and Andrei and Chris from Lussmanns. I could see people from all the categories having a very lively night out. The teams from The Peahen and The Boot won the prize for “best time had on our night off”.
So who won? We will do a full coverage in the paper next week with photos but here we go:
Best Restaurant: Darcys (highly commended: Lussmanns )
Best cafe: Soko (Secret Garden cafe)
Best pub: Holly Bush (White Lion)
Best bar: The Peahen (Mokoko)
Local gem: The Pudding Stop (Heaven is a cupcake)
Local producer: Redbournbury Mill (Carpenter’s Nursery)
Family Friendly: Inn on the Park (Secret Garden cafe)
Kate D’Arcy award for Outstanding Customer Service: Sean from The Boot.
All very worthy winners and some very tough competition on the shortlists. The Mayor held a raffle which raised almost £1000 for her charities, Women’s Refuge and HomeStart.