The best in food and hospitality services were recognised at an awards night last week - and our area’s businesses were picking up the prizes.
Pepperpot Tearoom at Hall Farm Park, South Kelsey, was awarded a Highly Commended prize in the Tearoom of the Year category at the Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality awards 2015.
And there was also a Highly Commended prize for Caistor’s Lincolnshire Montessori in the Teaching Establishment of the Year category and East Barkwith’s The Grange was Highly Commended in the B&B of the Year.
Tracey Knapton, from Hall Farm Park, said The Pepperpot Tearoom was Highly Commended in the East Midlands Food Awards in 2013, but the Select Lincolnshire Award was very close to her family’s hearts as they are from a farming background and pride themselves on using local Lincolnshire produce and suppliers.
She added: “It means a lot to us because we are a farming family and so we very much use local produce in as many of our products as we can.
“It’s about keeping up the quality of our tearoom and we will be looking at using more local suppliers and how we can encompass them into our menu. And we cater for customers’ dietary requirements, there are now many more people who are gluten or lactose free so it’s about knowing your customers’ needs.”
Nathan Archer from Lincolnshire Montessori said: “It’s been a team effort.
“We were involved in piloting food standards for nurseries so it’s always been important we get the food right.
“The team in the kitchen make it happen, serving local ingredients and producing great food on a daily basis.
“And the children get involved with grow it, cook it, eat it and we get the children learning where their food comes from.”
Sarah Stamp, who has run The Grange in East Barkwith with her husband Jonathan for 18 years, said: “We are passionate about local produce and we always look to support suppliers, like Lancasters Butchers in Market Rasen who are Select Lincolnshire members too.
“It’s about commitment and attention to detail for the customer. Flexibility for the different requirements your clientele may have.
“Having run the B&B for 17-18 years we have built up a loyal customer base, but we are pleased to be Highly Commended because it’s reward for all you put into the business. It’s great to get that recognition. It was a great night and a chance to network with local suppliers.”