Isle of Wight, Cowes
Celebrity chef hands awards to Christchurch eateries
The awards for the town's best places to eat and drink, which took place at the Regent Centre on 9 May, are one of the highlights of the annual Christchurch Food Festival. They were hosted by Wave 105 FM DJ Steve Power and were presented by Dorset-based celebrity chef Lesley Waters, the Festival Patron.
In his opening speech, Coastline Managing Director, Chris Lewis said: 'Coastline Produce, sponsors of the awards, have been a Christchurch-based company for 20 years and suppliers to the whole of the South coast. So it is a great honour to support the awards and ensure that local businesses who have excelled in the food industry are rewarded for their efforts.
'The businesses honoured today have been chosen for their accomplishments and their commitment to the food industry. I would like to offer my congratulations to them, and thank all of those who voted.'
Amongst the winners – nominated by the public and chosen by judges – were The Coffee Pot for best café or tearoom, The Galleon for best public house, The Ship for best pub dining, La Mamma for best Italian restaurant, Masala Bay for best Asian restaurant, The Lord Bute for best weekday lunch, The Manor for best Sunday lunch, Cheese & Alfie's for best family friendly, Alexander's Fish & Chips for best customer service and The Jetty for best seafood business.
Tides restaurant at The Captain's Club was named best restaurant while Mary Reader, the President of the Food Festival, gave her special award to her husband, Richard Reader, who has been a dedicated supporter of the Festival since its inception in 2000. Also announced at the awards ceremony was the winner of the Young Professional Chef of the Year competition: Adam Hart from Chewton Glen Country House Hotel.
After the ceremony, guests joined the jubilant winners for a celebration at The Kings Hotel, featuring a delicious buffet provided by Coastline, entertainment, a casino and disco.