Three Thanet businesses make Taste of Kent finals

Buoy & Oyster, Gadds and Northdown Brewery have made the finals

Three Thanet businesses have made it through to the finals of the Taste of Kent awards.

The Buoy and Oyster and Northdown Brewery in Margate and Gadds Ramsgate Brewery will battle it out to take the top spot in their categories.

The elite top three in the categories voted for by the public now enter the final stages of judges’ scrutiny, before they hope to be crowned winners at the black-tie awards dinner on Thursday, March 5 at the Kent Events Centre.

The Thanet businesses compete in Kent beer of the year and Kent restaurant of the year.

The Taste of Kent Awards are organised by Produced in Kent and showcase the very best products and food and drink businesses across Kent and Medway.

Floortje Hötte at Produced in Kent said: “Once again during this year’s competition, we have had a truly amazing level of participation and support from both the public and food and drink businesses here in Kent. From across the county we have seen many new businesses and products voted for alongside many of the counties best known and most successful favourite business and food and drink products.”

“Businesses in Medway have this year received an increase in the number of nominations by the public and there has also been an increase in the number of butchers shops, food and drink retailers, producers, beers and wines nominated in each of their respective categories. Over half of this year’s finalists have never been in the final top three before. Votes for Butchers shops were up 23% on previous years and votes for the best Dining Pub were also up by 20%.”

The top three in each category now make it through to the final round of tasting, mystery shopping, mystery dining and expert judging panels and the winners will be announced at the Taste of Kent Awards Gala dinner.

Finalists

Kent Beer of the year, sponsored by Eurostar International

Curious Brew – Curious Brewing, Ashford

Pale Ale Mary – Northdown Brewery, Margate

Gadd’s No.3 – Ramsgate Brewery, Broadstairs

Kent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Thomson, Snell & Passmore

Buoy & Oyster, Margate

The Corner House, Canterbury

The Small Holding, Kilndown

Kent Butcher’s Shop of the Year, sponsored by Furley Page

Crouch Butchers – Bearsted

Hammonds Butchers – Matfield

Shaun & Steve O’Meara’s Butchers – Minster-on-sea, Sheerness

Kent Cider or Perry of the Year, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

Curious Apple – Curious Brewing, Ashford

Skylark Sparkling Apple Cider – Kentish Pip, Bekesbourne

Night Bird Cider – Nightingale Cider Co, Tenterden

Kent Coffee Shop or Tearoom of the Year, sponsored by Barretts of Canterbury

Café Nucleus, Rochester

The Little Bull Café & Bar, Brenchley

Oad Street Food & Crafts, Borden

Kent Dining Pub or Bistro of the Year, sponsored by University of Kent

The Butcher’s Block, Burham

The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea

The Marquis of Granby, Alkham

Kent Food Business of the Year, sponsored by Gullands Solicitors

Karimix, Selling

Little Brittany, Yalding

Solleys Ice Cream, Deal

Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Bennett Opie

Austen’s of Rochester – Rochester

Flint & Oak – Westerham

Hadlow College Farm Shop – Hadlow

Kent Tastiest Juice of the Year, sponsored by AC Goatham & Son

Apple & Cherry Juice – Bardsley England

Red Love Apple Juice – Biddenden Vineyards

Apple & Elderflower – Owlets

Kent Wine of the Year, sponsored by NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield

Chapel Down Brut – Chapel Down, Tenterden

Saxon Shore Bacchus – Terlingham Vineyard, Folkestone

Sparkling Rose – Woodchurch Vineyard, Ashford

 The top three of the self-nominated categories are:
 Excellence Award for Customer Service, sponsored by insight6

Austen’s of Rochester

Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea

The Food Shed at Spadework, Offham
Kent Countryside Award, sponsored by Kent Downs AONB and High Weald AONB
Lower Ladysden Farm, Goudhurst

Provenance Potatoes, Deal

Watts Farm, Farningham

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