Toasting the best of local food and drink

NINE local food businesses are celebrating being the 'best in Hambleton'.

They have beaten off strong competition to win top slots in the prestigious ‘Flavours of Hambleton’ awards, which took place last week.

And there was special recognition at the ceremony for a man who has spent more then 20 years in the food and drink industry. James Butterfield, owner of The Caf in Northallerton, was given a special achievement award.

The Hambleton District Council competition, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of nominations for 100 different businesses, which were whittled down to 27 finalists in the nine categories.

The winners were:

l Breakfast of the Year – Lovesome Hill Bed and Breakfast, Northallerton

l Food producer of the Year – Sutton Beef and Lamb, Sutton on the Forest

l Outside caterer of the Year – FIGS, East Harlsey

l Village Shop of the Year – Tollerton Stores

l Pub food of the Year – The Crosby, Thornton le Beans

l Specialist Retailer of the Year – Fine Foods of Yorkshire, Easingwold

l Tearoom of the Year – TeaHee, Easingwold

l Restaurant of the Year – Chapters, Stokesley

l Newcomer of the Year – Deli No 1, Easingwold

l Outstanding Achievement – James Butterfield

Highly commended prizes went to The Gallery, Thirsk; Borrowby Mill; Peacocks Desserts, Knayton; Farmhouse Preserves, Crayke; The Standard, Northallerton; The Old Oak Tree, South Kilvington; The Mouseman Visitor Centre, Kilburn; Upstairs Downstairs, Thirsk; Pollys Caf,Thirsk; Gulshan Tandoori, Stillington; Whinstone View Bistro, Great Ayton; Stillington Post Office and Stores; and the Village Pantry, Raskelf.