2019 Winners

The winners of Produced in Kent’s fifteenth Taste of Kent Awards 2019 have been revealed, Thursday 7 March at a glittering black-tie dinner at the Kent Event Centre. Kent’s ultimate food and drink champions have been crowned, from the tastiest food and drink products, best producers, growers, restaurants, pubs and shops.

Stephanie Durling at Produced in Kent comments: “This year we are celebrating our fifteenth awards and we are giving more awards as our range of winning categories has increased in recognition of Kent’s booming, vibrant and of course tasty food and drink sector. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists, it is a fantastic achievement to have reached this stage, as the number of nominations and standards have been very high. Once again, we are delighted to see many new names making our finalist lists from across the county. Incredibly, we have seen 25% more businesses nominated and 40% more votes cast overall than last year. The people of Kent have chosen the flavours, products, produce and venues they have enjoyed the most over the last 12 months. For the winners, these awards are the ultimate accolade from their customers and confirmation of their food and drink excellence.”

The winners are:

Hop Grower of the Year, Sponsored by BTF Partnership and Lupofresh

Hukins Hops of Tenterden

Garden of England Champions Top Fruit, sponsored by BTF Partnership

Jazz apples – Grown by Chris Levett, Baretilt Farm, Cranbrook
Concorde Pear – Grown by J L Baxter, Coxheath

Kent Beer of the Year, sponsored by Eurostar International

Winner: Reliant Robin by Rockin Robin Brewery, Maidstone

Runners up:
Gadds’ No 11 by Ramsgate Brewery
Good Sheppard by Goody Ales, Herne Bay

The Garden of England Champion tastiest soft fruit and cherry, sponsored by the Kent County Agricultural Society

Cherries – Class 60 winner Brian Piper, Filmers Farm, Loose, Nr Maidstone with the variety Carmen.
Strawberries – Class 70 winner John Myatt & Co, Mockbegger Farm, Rochester with the strawberry variety Magnum.
Raspberries –  Class 80 winner Total World Fruit with the Raspberry variety Ovation.
Blackberries – Class 90 John Myatt & Co, Mockbegger Farm, Rochester with the Blackberry variety Incentive.

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

Winner: High Diver, Kentish Pip, Bekesbourne

Runners up:
Biddenden Strong Kentish Cider, Biddenden Vineyards
Disco Dudda, Dudda’s Tun Cider, Doddington

Kent Food Product Classes Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame

 – Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil blended with Garden Mint – Kentish Oils, Bridge
Bakery and confectionery – Apple Fruit Crisps – Nim’s Fruit Crisps, Sittingbourne
Dairy Class – Farmhouse Butter – Plurenden Manor Farm, High Halden
Prepared food – Boerewors Farmers Sausage – North Downs Real Food, Lenham
Specialist Drinks – Pineapple, Beetroot & Parsnip Edible Tea – Nim’s fruit crisps Sittingbourne

Farm Diversification Award, sponsored by South East Farmer

Winner: Dudda’s Tun Cider, Doddington

Runners up:
Romney Marsh Wools, Aldington
The Wonky Parsnip, Chartham

Kent Wine of the Year, sponsored by NFU Mutual

Winner: Kits Coty Chardonnay, Chapel Down, Tenterden

Runners up:
Bacchus, Chapel Down, Tenterden
Ortega, Biddenden Vineyards

Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Opies

Winner: Barham Village Store, Barham

Runners up:
Austen’s of Rochester
MB Farms Food Hall, Faversham

Kent Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Thomson, Snell & Passmore

Winner: The Small Holding, Kilndown

Runners up:
The Corner House, Canterbury
Thackeray’s, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Kent Butchers Shop of the Year

Winner: S.W.Doughty, Doddington

Runners up:
Hammond’s Butchers, Matfield
Shaun and Steve O’Meara butchers, Isle of Sheppey

Kent Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Insight6

Winner: Precious Porkers, Collier Street

Runners up:
Kent Crisps & Kentish Oils, Bridge
Vegan Perks, Faversham

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

Winner: Red Love Apple Juice, Biddenden Vineyards

Runners up:
Kentish Cherry Juice, Dallaways Cherries, Northiam
Park Farm Apple juice, Taywell farm shop, Goudhurst

Kent Dining Pub or Bistro of the Year – Sponsored by University of Kent

Winner: The Butcher’s Block, Burham

Runners up:
The Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey
The King’s Head, Wye

Kent Coffee Shop or Tea Room of the Year – Sponsored by Barretts of Canterbury

Winner: Café Nucleus, Chatham

Runners up:
The Independent Pedaler, Bridge
The Yard, Faversham

Kent Countryside Award – Sponsored jointly by Kent Downs AONB and High Weald AONB

Winner Large Farm award:

GL Boulden & Sons with Romney Marsh Wools and Romney Marsh Shepherd Huts, Aldington

Winner Small Farm award:

Homestead Beef, Church Hougham near Dover

Highly commended:

Courthope Farm, Shadoxhurst near Ashford

Runners Up:
Frasers of Egerton, Egerton near Ashford
Mackays Court Farm, Lower Stoke, Rochester
Ripple Farm Organics, Crundale, Wye
Solley’s Ice Cream, Ripple near Deal 

Food product: Sponsored by HSBC

Winner: Farmhouse Butter, Plurenden Manor Farm, High Halden

Excellence Award for Customer Service 2019: Sponsored by Insight6

A surprise new award this year selected from this year’s retail and hospitality entries

Winner: The Butcher’s Block, Burham

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

Stephanie Durling, Manager at Produced in Kent concludes: “The brand-new category coffee shop/tea room received the most votes for any new category ever and we also had a record number of fruit juice votes this year. Also, for the first time ever a low alcohol beer Gadds’ No. 11 and Vegan Perks from Faversham is the first vegan business to have reached the finals, reflecting current trends, tastes and choices consumers are now making.