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The 2018 Bristol Good Food Awards

The 2018 Bristol Good Food Awards

A couple of weekends ago I had the great honour of of being Co-Presenter at the 2018 Bristol Good Food Awards at Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City football club. Such an honour to be giving out these awards in celebration of the very best of Bristol's food scene. I was working with Bristol's the very lovely local food legend Andy Clarke, who you can see next to me in the pictures.

[picture credits both go to the brilliant Kirstie Young]

Co-Presenting with Andy Clarke

So many great restaurants, bars, cafes and local food producers won a multitude of different awards, including lots that are my personal favourites but also a huge selection of places that are new to me. There were awards for Best Chef, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Pizza, Italian, newcomer, to name just a few.......

Bristol is such a vibrant city for good food but its a really tough market out there and these places need all the support they can get. I know myself I that I just don't get out and support my local places enough, theres always good excuses (too much of my own recipe testing, knee deep in wiritng a book or the bank balance not being up to it) and rather more lame excuses (can't find a babysitter, feel a bit knackered and a box set in front of the fire is more appealing). Must try harder. 

Here's a quick list of the winners and highly commended for each category, and you can find more detail at the Bristol Good Food website:

Best Newcomer
Winner: Root
Highly Commended: Bomboloni

Best Supporter of Local Produce
Winner: The Cauldron
Highly Commended: Kate’s Kitchen

Best Chain
Winner: Hubbox
Highly Commended: Giggling Squid

Best Sunday Lunch
Winner: The Bank Tavern
Highly Commended: Broken Dock

Best Breakfast
Winner: Rosemarino
Highly Commended: Pinkmans

Best Indian
Winner: Nutmeg
Highly Commended: The Mint Room

Best Vegetarian
Winner: Gopal’s Curry Shack
Highly Commended: Beets n Roots

Best Express/Takeaway/Deli
Winner: The Athenian
Highly Commended: Chandos Deli

Best Tapas
Winner: Bellita
Highly Commended: Paco Tapas

Best Restaurant
Winner: Wilks
Highly Commended: Bulrush

Best Chef
Winner: Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (Casamia)
Highly Commended: Josh Eggleton (The Pony & Trap)

Best Gluten Free
Winner: Pho
Highly Commended: Beets n Roots and Salt & Malt

Best Mediterranean
Winner: Bambalan
Highly Commended: New Moon Tapas

Best Cafe
Winner: Tincan Coffee Co.
Highly Commended: The Crafty Egg

Best Pizza
Winner: Flour & Ash
Highly Commended: Bomboloni

Best Wine List
Winner: The Library
Highly Commended: Spiny Lobster

Best Steak
Winner: Chomp
Highly Commended: The Ox

Best Asian
Winner: Woky Ko
Highly Commended: Chilli Daddy

Best Fish & Chips
Winner: Salt & Malt
Highly Commended: Soul Fish

Best Front of House
Winner: Casamia
Highly Commended: Wilks

Best British Restaurant
Winner: The Ethicurean
Highly Commended: Bulrush

Best Hotel Restaurant
Winner: River Grille
Highly Commended: Buttermilk & Maple at Mercure Bristol Brigstow

Best Burger
Winner: The Squire Inn
Highly Commended: Chomp

Best Fine Dining Wine List
Winner: Casamia
Highly Commended: Wilks

Best Family Friendly
Winner: Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe
Highly Commended: The Faraway Tree

Best Italian
Winner: Pasta Loco
Highly Commended: Rosemarino

Best Gastropub
Winner: The Kensington Arms
Highly Commended: The Pony & Trap

Best French
Winner: Wilks
Highly Commended: Hotel du Vin

Best Coffee Shop
Winner: Small St Espresso
Highly Commended: Little Victories

Best Seafood
Winner: Wallfish Bistro
Highly Commended: Spiny Lobster


Best Cider
Ganley & Naish

Best Meat Producer
Stream Farm

Best Oils, Sauces and Condiments
Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Best Beer
Arbor Ales

Best Grower
The Severn Project

Best Pies
Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods

Best Bakery
Bristol Loaf

Best Cheese
Homewood Cheeses

Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Bradley’s Juice

Best Butchers
Rare Butchers of Southville

Best Confectionery
Zara’s Chocolates

Best Spirit
Bristol Dry Gin

Best Preserves
GingerBeard’s Preserves

Best Wine
Sutton Ridge Vineyards

Best Farm Shop
Farrington’s Farm Shop