Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2011 - 2012 - Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate
PUBLISHED: 15:54 02 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013
Raise your glass to the winners of this year's Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards<br/>Words by Jo Haywood Photographs by Elizabeth Savage
The print version of this article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Everyone was a winner at our Food and Drink Awards presentation lunch at the Hotel du Vin in Harrogate, where the accolades flowed like vintage champagne.
No one really does do it better than you, said Annie Stirk, our food and drink consultant, as she addressed the packed dining room. Despite all the challenges of the current economic climate, you all continue to deliver all-round excellence.
Every day you set the stage, welcoming visitors, tourists and locals with your fantastic food and hospitality.
Our ceremony this year was on a smaller scale than usual to reflect the tough financial times everyone is experiencing, but that gave each award added importance as they highlighted the work of people who are managing to stay at the top of their game in a recession-hit industry.
There is no denying the difficulties many businesses are experiencing especially, it feels, this year, said Yorkshire Life editor Esther Leach.
The food, drink and hospitality industries are no exception. But there is a real resilience among our many gifted chefs and food producers, and among the regions outstanding hotels, public houses and restaurants.
There are some very determined people out there who are working tirelessly to maintain Yorkshires reputation for fine food, drink and welcoming hospitality.
awards that also acknowledge their unwavering and steely resolve.
Our 2011-2012 winners were chosen from a very lengthy longlist of hopefuls by our crack team of judges, some of whom are past winners themselves.
Our top team this year comprised former chef of the year Stephanie Moon, consultant chef at Rudding Park and lecturer at Leeds City College; Robert Ramsden from Delifresh, formerly head chef at the General Tarleton; wine guru John Moorhouse of Hallgarten Druit; and food writer and reviewer Jill Turton.
There were 10 awards this year, including a new category of Farmers Market of the Year, which was voted for with the help of our readers and won by Headingley Farmers Market in Leeds. The deserving winners were presented with their just rewards at a relaxed, celebratory lunch, made with delicious produce from around the region.
Among the major winners on the day was The Pheasant at Harome, which is part of the prestigious Star Inn family and described by Annie as: A restaurant thats part of another star business, but has evolved its own unique ethos when it comes to the food. Peter Neville is an Stirkinnovative and passionate chef who uses local and foraged produce to create amazing dishes with both delicate and intense flavours.
The big winner, however, was undoubtedly Swinton Park, which scooped two of our top awards: Hotel of the Year and Chef of the Year.
This exclusive 30-bedroom luxury castle hotel on the outskirts of Masham in North Yorkshire and its chef Simon Crannage have already attracted an impressive list of accolades, including four AA red stars and three AA rosettes.
Summing up as Simon stepped up to receive his richly-deserved Yorkshire Life award, Annie said: This accolade is always a sought-after title. This year it goes to a chef who returned to his Yorkshire roots to run the kitchens at Swinton Park.
Simon consistently maintains the highest standards and consistently cooks to three AA star standards. He has developed a wide range of home-grown produce for his menu, and has helped to position Swinton Park as a multi-award winning hotel.
Double success for Swinton
Swinton Park is celebrating bagging a brace of accolades at our Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2011. The luxury castle hotel won Hotel of the Year and executive chef Simon Crannage took the hard-fought Chef of the Year title.
The hotel was commended for its quality of service, superb setting and outstanding reviews, while Simon was singled out for the quality of his food and for being one of the most highly regarded chefs in Yorkshire.
Swinton Park opened as a hotel in 2001 and has been celebrating its 10th birthday this year. With 30 bedrooms, a cookery school (with resident chef Rosemary Shrager), a spa with treatment rooms and a bird of prey centre, it is now recognised as one of the leading hotels in the region.
We cant think of a better way to celebrate the hotels 10th birthday than winning these two awards, said proprietor Felicity Cunliffe-Lister.
We are very honoured to have been recognised as the best hotel in Yorkshire and I know that Simon is very proud to have won Chef of the Year.
Our general manager, Peter Llewellyn, and his team at the hotel have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these standards, and they deserve every credit for them.
he hotel, which has also been named Good Hotel Guide Family Hotel of the Year 2011, is the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton and is owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family. It sits in 200 acres of landscaped parkland at the heart of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate.
Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Award Winners 2011 -2012
Newcomer of the Year
in association with Hotel du Vin
Fat Badger, Harrogate
Hotel of the Year
in association with Hallgarten Wine
Swinton Park, Masham
Small but Special Accommodation
in association with Dumouchel
Dining Pub of the Year
in association with Enterprise Inns
The Star @ Sancton, Sancton
Local Food Producer of the Year
in association with Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Yorkshire Chorizo, Kirkby Malham
Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year
in association with Just Jennys Ice Cream
Traditional Pub of the Year
in association with Blacksheep Brewery
The Kings Arms, Wakefield
Farmers Market of the Year
in association with Whitby Seafish
Headingley Farmers Market, Leeds
Restaurant of the Year
in association with Villeroy & Boch
The Pheasant, Harome
Chef of the Year
in association with Yorkshire Dales Meat
Simon Crannage at Swinton Park, Masham
Assiette of smoked and fresh Loch Duart salmon supplied by Whitby Seafish
Rack of dressed Yorkshire lamb supplied by Yorkshire Dales Meat with a fondant potato, ratatouille and Provencal jus
Yorkshire curd tart with honeycomb ice cream supplied by Just Jennys
Petit fours supplied by Dumouchel and coffee
Wines supplied by Hallgarten Druitt: Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry DOCG; Carmen Chardonnay Reserva Casablanca, Chile 2009; Ondarra Rioja Crianza, Spain 2008