The Essex Life Food and Drink Awards 2018 Winners and Finalists are:


Pride of Essex Award sponsored by East of England Co-op

Winner- New Hall Vineyard


The Saffron Ice Cream Company



Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer sponsored by Cooper MINI Colchester and Cooper BMW Colchester

Winner- Calcott Hall Farm Shop

Blackwells Farm Shop

Spencer’s Farm Shop


Best Coffee/Tea Shop sponsored by Beresfords

Winner- Meadow Hill Coffee Shop & Deli

The Little Book Cafe

The Loft, Tea by the Sea



Best Essex Producer sponsored by Bellefontaines’ Jewellers

Winner- Cotchel – George Thompson Ltd

Bradfields Farm Dairy

Martin’s Lane Vineyard

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mr.Wheeler

Winner- Bradfields Farm Dairy


The Olive Branch

Family Dining Award sponsored by Traymoor Quality Meats

Winner- Galvin Green Man


Wine & Kitchen @ The Norton



Pub of the Year sponsored by G+G Gallo

Winner- The White Hart Moreton



Customer Service Award sponsored by Hatfields

Winner- Pig & Whistle Restaurant

Channels Bar & Brasserie

The Chophouse Braintree

Chef of the Year sponsored by Allstaff Employment

Winner- Andi Walker

Joshua Taylor

Richard Cutting


Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Wilks & Co. Wine Merchants

Winner- Haywards Restaurant

Food by John Lawson

Grand Trunk Road