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THE quality of mid Somerset food businesses was commended at the Taste of Somerset award ceremony, with The Crown Inn and ice cream producer Mendip Moments both picking up top accolades.
The awards, launched last May by nine Local World publications through the county, aim to celebrate the successes of local food producers and restaurants. Editor of the Mid Somerset Series Bede MacGowan said: “We all know that Somerset produces some exceptional food and drink and these new awards aim to recognise that.”
Winner of the best restaurant category was The Crown Inn, Wells.
This award aimed to recognise the best restaurant in Somerset, that draws in customers because of the excellence of its food, with particular emphasis on locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Director Matthew Hailingbiggs said: “It’s fantastic, and a testament to the hard work of our kitchen and front of house staff.” The Crown beat off stiff competition from Graze bar, brewery and chophouse in Bath, and Mulberrys restaurant and grill in Yeovil.
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Mendip Moments was the winner of the best food producer category, with their artisan style ice cream impressing judges. Owner Jayne Lunnon said: “We were delighted, we use our own milk and cream, and don’t skimp in sourcing other quality local ingredients.”
Mendip Moments particularly impressed with their range of flavours, which include mascarpone, fig and honey, and lemon curd.
Mendip Moments beat The Bath Soft Cheese Company and Biscuit Base, a Yeovil home-made biscuit producer.
The Crown at Wells was also a runner up in the best pub award, while Wraxall Vineyard was a runner-up in two categories: Best Drink Producer, and Best Food or Drink Business of the Year. Other local runners-up were Thatchers Cider Company, and Early Doors Cider and Ale Barn, Cheddar, which stocks Roger Wilkins’ Mudgley Cider.