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Shortlist of top eating venues revealed at Chester House Estate

New history hub hosts Weetabix Food Awards get together

The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards welcomed food and drink businesses from across the county to The Chester House Estate for the very first time, at their inaugural Summer BBQ and Networking Event.

Northamptonshire County Council purchased the Chester House Estate site in 2004 and secured grant funding through working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a sustainable visitor destination attraction with access for the public to learn about its history and heritage, as well as becoming the location to house countywide archaeological finds. Chester House Estate is a nationally significant heritage site, being one of the few places in the country which can demonstrate over 10,000 years of human activity. One of the aims of the visitor attraction is to establish, promote and grow local business, produce and tourism, making it an ideal venue to host Northamptonshire based Food and Drink business owners.

Awards Founder Rachel Mallows MBE DL said, “What a flagship venue to host our Summer BBQ event’. The long-awaited opening of this historical site is upon us, and I’m thrilled that the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards were able to host this event at Chester House Estate prior to the formal opening next month. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us; Awards Sponsors, Finalists, Winners and Guests. You are all the fabric of what makes Northamptonshire’s food and drink scene so exciting and fresh”.

Councillor Helen Howell, Deputy Leader of North Northamptonshire Council said “Chester House Estate has undergone £14.5 million pounds of restoration to make it accessible to the public and we are delighted that the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are our very first guests. We aim to offer a diverse education programme, preserve our 10,000 years of history as a visitor attraction and hope to be able to grow local business, local food and tourism with our café and artisan shop stocking goods from across the county and Made in Northamptonshire will be big partners for us”.

New Awards Patrons Tom and Tina Warner of Warner’s Distillery spoke about their involvement with the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drinks Awards. Tina enthused that, “Northamptonshire is the beating heart of our business, we want to remain authentic and put people and the planet above profit”. Tom added, “We owe our success to the county, a great place to do business from and travel to and from. We are thrilled to be here today and support other local food and drinks businesses in our role as Awards Patrons”.

Tom and Tina Warner went on to announce the finalist in the three eatery categories which were:

Independent Café / Tearoom of the Year finalists:

The Apothocoffee shop, Earls Barton

New Lodge Far, Bulwick

The Watermill Tearooms, Ringstead

The Grain Store Coffeehouse, Woodford

Tens Hand Café Bar, Towcester

The Good Loaf, Northampton

Booker Dining Venue of the Year finalists:

Murray’s at Whittlebury

The Falcon, Castle Ashby

The Palmichael Restaurant, Burton Latimer

The Pig and Waffle, Grafton Underwood

The Red Lion, Cranford

The Tollemache Arms, Harrington

The Folly Inn, Towcester

World Cuisine Restaurant of the Year finalists:

June Plum, Wellingborough

Saffron, Northampton

The Exotic Dining, Kettering

Tamarind, Northampton

The achievement and successes of the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drinks finalists will be celebrated at the Awards ceremony and dinner due to be held on 20th October 2021 at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

For more information on the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2021/22, please visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or call Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email rachel@themallowscompany.com

Meanwhile, to keep up to date with the latest news, please follow the Awards on Facebook at @foodawards or Twitter and Instagram at @foodawardsHQ or on LinkedIn at @weetabixnfadawards using the hashtag #WNFAD.

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