Food Reader Awards 2019: winners revealed at fabulous feast at The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth


Mokoko (Bristol) was among the winners (alongside grand finalists Extract Coffee Roasters, Bath’s The Olive Tree and Lucknam Park’s Cookery School) announced at this year’s Food Reader Awards, during a celebratory feast at The Greenbank Hotel.

The awards ceremony celebrated the best independent food and drink across the South West, with over 25,000 individual votes cast by readers of food magazine and

The coastal feast, on Monday January 28, was hosted by one of Salt Media’s founding directors, Jo Rees, along with Nick Hodges, executive chef at The Greenbank and sister hotel, The Alverton in Truro.

food magazine editor Jo Rees said:

“The South West food and drink industry showcases some of the best produce in the UK, so it’s fantastic to see so many chefs, restaurants, producers and foodie hotels being given a massive ‘well done’ by our readers”.

The team at The Greenbank treated guests to a sumptuous supper of paupiette of megrim sole, crab rosti and samphire shrimp, followed by Nanteague Farm seared beef fillet and glazed short rib. The meal was accompanied by beers from Sharp’s Brewery, and a wine flight courtesy of Enotria & Coe. Petis fours were served with The Wrecking Coast Distillery’s Honey Sloe Gin.

The awards were launched by Salt Media eight years ago with the aim of celebrating top restaurants, cafes, pubs, chefs, producers, retailers, hotels and cookery schools across the South West.

See the full list of winners and runners below

2019 Winners

Best Chef – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner: Dave Jenkins – Rock Salt Cafe (Plymouth)

Grand finalists: Ashley Wright – The Horn of Plenty (Gulworthy), Claire Moore – The Station Kitchen (West Bay), Dan Moon – The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Best Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner: Porthminster Beach Cafe – St Ives

Grand finalists: Bellita – Bristol, Brassica Restaurant – Beaminster, Harry’s Restaurant – Exeter

Best Foodie Hotel – sponsored by Trencherman’s Guide

Winner: Lympstone Manor – Exmouth

Grand finalists: Mount Haven Hotel – Marazion, St Michaels Resort – Falmouth, Ston Easton Park Hotel – Bath

Best Cocktail Bar – sponsored by The Wrecking Coast Distillery

Winner: Crocketts – Exeter

Grand finalists: The Milk Thistle – Bristol, The Old Grammar School – Truro, Tigermilk at The Duke – Plymouth

Best Cafe – sponsored by Frobishers

Winner: Mokoko – Bristol

Grand finalists: Soulshine – Bridport, The Almond Thief – Dartington, The Hidden Hut – Porthcurnick

Best Foodie Pub – sponsored by L George Butchers

Winner: The Rising Sun – Truro

Grand finalists: Bear Bar & Kitchen – St Agnes, The Bear and Blacksmith – Chillington, The Cadeleigh Arms – Tiverton

Best Drink – sponsored by Dartington Crystal

Winner: Wrecking Coast Gin

Grand finalists: Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin, Salcombe Gin, Wicked Wolf Gin

Best Foodie Product – sponsored by Impact

Winner: Baker Tom’s Bread sourdough

Grand finalists: Dorset Sea Salt, Purbeck Ice Cream, Extract Coffee Roasters Unkle Funka

Best Indie Retailer – sponsored by Salt Media

Winner: Chococo – Exeter

Grand finalists: Ashburton Delicatessen – Devon, The Cornish Food Box Company – Truro, The Bristol Cheesemonger

Best Cookery School – sponsored by The Greenbank Hotel

Winner: Ashburton Cookery School – Devon

Grand finalists: Lucknam Park Cookery School – Wiltshire, Manna from Devon Cookery School – Kingswear, River Cottage Cookery School – Axminster

Best Wine List – sponsored by Enotria & Coe

Winner: The Longstore – Charlestown

Grand finalists: La Cave – Falmouth, The Olive Tree – Bath, Woods Bar & Restaurant – Dulverton

Best Farm Shop – sponsored by Soil Association

Winner: Trevaskis Farm Shop – Cornwall

Grand finalists: Ben’s Farm Shop – Totnes, Greendale Farm Shop – Farringdon, Jon Thorners Farm Shop – Shepton Mallet