Select Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards celebrates best restaurants, pubs, hotels and chefs in Lincolnshire
The best chefs, the finest restaurants and the top tea rooms were all celebrated at the Select Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards last night.
Food and drink producers and eatery owners from across the county attended a lavish ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, in Lincoln.
Uncle Henry's Farm Shop, in Grayingham near Gainsborough, scooped the prestigious producer of the year award, while both Redhill Farm Free Range Pork and Mountain's Boston Sausage shared the people's choice award.
Village Limits in Woodhall Spa won the pub of the year award, while the Windmill Restaurant at Burgh-le-Marsh was named the county's best restaurant.
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Canal View Bed and Breakfast in Saxilby fought off fierce competition to become the bed and breakfast of the year, while Dennett's Ice Cream Parlour, which has a dairy based in Spilsby and an ice cream parlour in Lincoln, won tea rooms of the year.
Market Rasen's Ideal Lincs was named retailers and wholesalers of the year, The Lincoln Hotel won hotel of the year, and the Dairy Barn, in Ingham, scooped self-catering establishment of the year.
The Lincolnshire Life County Cuisine Awards were also given out at the ceremony, which saw Gini Robinson win young chef of the year, The Comfy Duck at Oaklands Hall Hotel, in Laceby, win best restaurant and Myers Cafe Tea Room, in Horncastle, win the Heart of Gold best tearoom or coffee shop award.
The much-coveted Tastes of Lincolnshire best pub food award went to The Hare and Hounds, in Fulbeck.
Landlord Paul Willoughby, 57, told the Echo it was a remarkable achievement and thanked all the customers that nominated.
He said: "We only opened the Hare and Hounds in November 2011 and it was closed down before that. We renovated it, put in the hard work and started it from scratch, so it's really good that we've won this award.
"We sell all traditional pub food. Everything is homemade on site, using the best ingredients and offering value for money.
"It's also a bit of a double whammy for us because we own The Brownlow Arms, at Hough on the Hill, which was runner-up in the best restaurant award.
Hundreds of people from across Lincolnshire also went online last night to watch the ceremony broadcast live for the first time ever.
According to Lincoln-based video production company Bright Spark, which filmed the action on the night, there were 471 connections made to the live stream as the footage aired.
Angela Driver, from the Lincolnshire County Council-run onlincolnshire project, said: "Using live streaming to bring a high-profile event to people unable to attend was a great way of demonstrating what the internet can offer residents and businesses.
"We can only move forward from here, making more people aware of how they can use the power of the internet and digital services to develop their business or enrich their home life."