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GREAT TASTE BOOK 2019–20

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DISCOVER A WHOLE WORLD OF AWARD–WINNING FOOD & DRINK


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CONTENTS This year’s edition of our annual guide to Great Taste is packed with top quality food and drink - not just from the UK & Ireland but all over the globe. It features more than 90 pages, showcasing a wide selection of 2019’s award-winners. The book is broken down into geographical sections, opening with profiles of each regional Golden Forkwinning producer.

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LONDON & SOUTH EAST ENGLAND 6 EAST ANGLIA

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THE MIDLANDS

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NORTH OF ENGLAND

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SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

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NORTHERN IRELAND 72 WALES

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SCOTLAND

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WORLD FLAVOURS

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Editor: Michael Lane Art Director: Mark Windsor Layout: John Loasby Photography: Richard Faulks Profile Writer: Patrick McGuigan Production: Sophie Brentnall, Tortie Farrand, Emily Harris, Claire Powell, Lauren Phillips Advertising: Sally Coley, Becky Haskett, Ruth Debnam, Sam Coleman Publisher: John Farrand Published by Guild of Fine Food Ltd, 23b Kingsmead Business Park, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5FB UK t: +44 (0)1747 825200 © The Guild of Fine Food Ltd 2019. Every effort has been made to ensure the details contained in the listings are correct. The Guild of Fine Food cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Reproduction of whole or part of this publication without the publisher’s prior permission is prohibited. The opinions expressed in articles and advertorials are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher.

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GREAT TASTE IN NUMBERS

12,772 ENTRIES

BLIND-TASTED

3,409 1-STAR PRODUCTS 1,326 2-STAR PRODUCTS 208 3-STAR PRODUCTS

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Gelato Gusto | Vegan Salted Caramel & Liquorice Gelato

Even when it comes to frozen treats, plant-based products are in demand. So Gelato Gusto set about developing recipes for its vegan customers and hit upon this Scandiinspired flavour combination. f you had to guess where a Vegan Salted Caramel & Liquorice Gelato was made, Brighton would probably be top of the list. The seaside city is famous for its creative and alternative spirit, and has long been a meat-free hotspot, with more vegan restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the UK. So it was no surprise to find that the Golden Fork-winning dairy-free gelato at this year’s awards was indeed made by Brighton-based Gelato Gusto. Set up in 2012 by Jon Adams, the company has two shops – in North Laine and on the seafront – which make and sell an innovative range of vegan and traditional gelatos and sorbettos in flavours such as Dark Ecuadorian Chocolate, Banoffee Pie and Jaffa Cake. “The vegan market is growing, but particularly in Brighton,” says Adams, “More and more people kept asking

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about vegan gelato in our shops so we went on a mission to try and make something that was as good, if not better, than our traditional product.” The award-winning salted caramel & liquorice flavour came about when one of Gelato Gusto’s chefs visited Copenhagen, where liquorice is a popular flavour, and decided to balance it with the

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sweetness of salted caramel in an oat milk gelato. “It’s not as simple as swapping milk for oat milk,” explains Adams. “There’s a danger it can become hard and icy, so we’ve had to play around with the recipe a lot to get that scoopability and smoothness.” Putting oat milk through its paces is a long way from Adams’ previous career as a

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BAFTA-winning TV producer, making films for everyone from national museums to BBC snooker. It sounds glamorous, but leaving and returning home in the dark each day, part of a gruelling commute to London, took its toll and he decided to change career with the help of a stint at the Gelato University of Bologna. “My parents had a holiday home in Spain when I was a kid and we used to go to this gelateria that was really quite inspirational,” he says. “That was the starting point. I like making and being creative.” Mission accomplished. www.gelatogusto.com

HOW TO USE IT? The gelato’s sweetsalty flavour requires something neutral, such as shortbread, which also contrasts with the smooth texture. A refreshing, cold glass of schnapps is also recommended.

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SPICED AUBERGINE TAGINE ★ ALLPLANTS www.allplants.com WHAT IS IT? A warming spiced tagine, prepared by chefs using slow-roasted aubergine and chickpeas, with a bulgar wheat side dish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Heat it up in the microwave or oven for a chef-made meal that is ready in as little as 8 minutes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Aubergine + Split Pea Stew ★

1892 IPA ★★ BEERBLEFISH BREWING CO. www.beerblefish.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Based on an 1890s recipe, this bretted beer has a maltier character than modern IPAs. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The slight citrus finish of 1892 IPA means it pairs well with intensely flavoured foods, particularly mature cheeses. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): 1820 Porter ★★ Pan Galactic Pale Ale ★

ORGANIC KETCHUP ★ COPPOLA FOODS www.coppolasalerno.com WHAT IS IT? This organic ketchup is made with ripe Italian tomatoes – some 350g for every 100g of sauce – and sweetened naturally with apple juice. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This no-added-sugar ketchup is perfect as a tasty and natural dip for chips or as a marinade. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Online

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CULT VINEGAR NORDIC TONIC ★★ CULT VINEGAR www.cultvinegar.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This unpasteurised, small batch, apple cider vinegar tonic is infused with blueberries, lingonberries, sea buckthorn and honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it to add some life and flavour to your morning apple cider vinegar gut health routine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Ruby Port Cult Vinegar ★ Spanish Moscatel Cult Vinegar ★ Oloroso Sherry Cult Vinegar ★

ORGANIC PEPPERMINT HERBAL INFUSION ★ EXCLUSIVITEA LONDON www.exclusivitea.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An organic, whole leaf peppermint infusion that has been certified by Organic Farmers and Growers. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This is the perfect brew to lift your spirits and boost your overall health. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

BRONTE PISTACHIO GELATO ★★★ HACKNEY GELATO www.hackneygelato.com WHAT IS IT? A beautifully smooth Bronte pistachio gelato, made by hand in Hackney using classic Italian techniques. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pop a scoop into a waffle cone or pair it with a dried cherry biscotto for a properly delicious dessert. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Alphonso Mango Sorbet ★★ Raspberry Sorbet ★★ Jackpot Peanut Butter Gelato ★★

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CHIU CHOW CHILLI OIL ★ HAPPY EATING HOUSE www.happyeatinghouse.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A small-batch, artisan chilli and garlic oil made with 100% natural ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use this oil as a dipping sauce for dumplings, or drizzle it on pizza, pasta, soups and salads. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

PREMIUM RUM PUNCH - STRAWBERRY ★ HILLERY & SON www.hilleryandson.com WHAT IS IT? Hillery & Son Premium Rum Punch is a smooth blend of natural exotic fruits mixed to perfection with premium Jamaican white rum. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is fabulous served on its own with ice, but this punch can also be mixed with other drinks to make wonderful cocktails. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Premium Rum Punch – fruit punch ★

DELUXE CHILLI SAUCE WITH SCALLOPS ★★ HOBROS LIMITED www.hobros.uk WHAT IS IT? A 100% natural, medium-hot, savoury chilli sauce, made by hand without any artificial ingredients or enhancers. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it as a dipping sauce, add to fried rice or noodles, or serve it with dumplings and steamed veg. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): OliMágina Extra Virgin Olive Oil ★ Hobros Umami Porcini Speciality Himalayan Salt ★

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VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH JERSEY COW DAIRY GELATO ★★★ LA GELATIERA www.lagelatiera.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An outstanding original gelato with a perfect marriage of fresh olive oil greenness, delicate citrus notes and flawless melt. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect to eat on its own as a refreshing gelato, it can also be paired with a baked chocolate pudding. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Vegan Tonda Gentille Hazelnut (IGP) Sorbet ★★ UBE-licious Gelato ★ Vegan Blackcurrant Sorbet ★

HANDMADE TORTELLONI 'NDUJA & MASCARPONE ★★ LA TUA PASTA

www.latuapasta.com WHAT IS IT? Artisanal fresh pasta, hand-made in London using premium ingredients for a restaurant quality experience. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ideal as a starter or main course, it cooks in just a few minutes. Complete the dish with sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Handmade Tortelloni Spinach & Ricotta ★★ Handmade Tortelloni Wild Boar ★★ Handmade Tortelloni Aubergine Parmigiana ★★

COLD PRESSED EXTRA VIRGIN RAPESEED OIL ★★ NIHARTI www.niharti.com WHAT IS IT? This cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil has a light nutty flavour and is free from artificial colours and flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Its high temperature smoke point makes this oil ideal for frying, roasting and baking, as well as dressing or dipping. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Pure Avocado Oil ★

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FRUIT & CRUNCH CHOC BAR ★★ NOMO www.nomochoc.com WHAT IS IT? Smooth, creamy, vegan choc with crispy pieces and juicy raisins. It’s also free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This freefrom treat is perfect for chocolate-loving vegans and those with food allergies or intolerances. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

ACTIVATED WALNUTS SALTED MAPLE CARAMEL ★ NUTMAD www.nutmad.com WHAT IS IT? Activated walnuts with salted caramel flavouring. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ideal as a snack, these nuts can also be used in baking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally

SHERRY & TONIC SPRITZ ★ PEDRINO SPRITZ www.pedrino.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Pedrino Spritz is a light 5.5% ABV marriage of origin-protected sherry and artisanal tonic water, made with citrusy botanicals and signature bitters. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Just add ice to a spritz glass and garnish with an orange slice for an effortlessly elegant drink. It’s also perfect for cocktails. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online GREAT TASTE 2019-20

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SMOKED CHILLI PLANTAIN CRISPS ★ SUNMO SNACKS www.sunmosnacks.com WHAT IS IT? Made with five natural ingredients – plantain, sunflower oil, paprika, chilli and sea salt – these crisps are a perfect balance of smoky and spicy flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Gluten-free, preservative-free and vegan-friendly, these crisps are perfect to serve up at barbecues and parties. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Naturally Sweet Plantain Crisps ★

JASMINE PHOENIX PEARL ★★★ TEA REPERTOIRE www.tearepertoire.com WHAT IS IT? Top imperial grade Jasmine Pearl tea made from young, tender spring buds grown in Fujian, China. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? To enjoy a perfect brew, infuse 3g per 200ml of 80°C water. Steep for 2-3 minutes. It’s gorgeous as cold brew, too. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Classic Oriental Beauty ★★ Phoenix Honey Orchid ★★ Lemon Verbena Swing ★★

EVERYDAY BREW ★★ TEAPIGS www.teapigs.co.uk WHAT IS IT? teapigs’ signature blend features a gutsy Assam, mellow Ceylon and a powerful Rwandan black tea. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Infuse in boiling water. Brew for 3+ minutes. Drink with milk and add sugar if particularly hungover. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Earl Grey Strong ★★ Fennel & Liquorice ★★ Mao Feng Green Tea ★

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JACKFRUIT RENDANG ★★ THE BROOK www.the-brook.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Jackfruit, slow-cooked in a Rendang paste with coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Heat this nutritious, plantbased main meal straight from frozen and serve with your preferred choice of side, such as rice or quinoa. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Lime & Coconut Dal ★

FATTY’S ORGANIC LONDON DRY GIN ★★ THE DULWICH SPIRITS COMPANY www.fattysorganicspirits.com WHAT IS IT? This London Dry Gin is 100% organic and accredited by the Soil Association. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s best served with a light tonic, over plenty of ice. Garnish with a wedge of cucumber – organic, of course. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

KENYA KANGAITA GARDENS FOP ★ THE TEA HOUSE www.theteahouseltd.com WHAT IS IT? This single-estate tea, from the slopes of Mt Kenya, is rich and spicy with tones of pineapple. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This intriguing loose leaf tea has a breadth and depth of flavour that is well-suited for both breakfast and afternoon drinking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

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PELLAS DROPS ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL ★★★ VINEGAR SHED www.vinegarshed.com WHAT IS IT? This innovative, organic, flavoured, Greek olive oil is made naturally – without additives, essential oils or preservatives. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s perfect with any lamb and roasted vegetable dishes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Raspberry Vinegar ★★★ Mandarin Vinegar ★★ Special Edition’ Cantabrian Anchovies in Olive Oil ★★

RADIANT RADISH KIMCHI ★ YUMCHI www.yumchi.co WHAT IS IT? This organic, naturally fermented radish kimchi offers a delicate heat and notes of ginger, apple and pear. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it with a grilled halloumi sandwich or on a bed of quinoa, spinach and hummus. Also ideal as a standalone microbiotic snack. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Traditional Napa Kimchi ★

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HIMALAYAN SEA SALT BEEBS ★ BEEBS - BURST OF ENERGY IN EVERY BITE www.beebs4all.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Healthy energy bites made from natural plant-based ingredients that promote health and wellbeing. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Treat yourself, friends and family with a healthy snack at any time of day. Try them pre- or post- workout, mid-morning, or even after dinner. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Turmeric and Cinnamon ★ Strawberry ★

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ORGANIC PLAIN WHITE FLOUR ★★ DOVES FARM www.dovesfarm.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This expertly milled, fine, plain organic white flour is a home baking essential. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s perfect for biscuits, scones, pancakes and sauces. Use it in all your everyday home cooking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Organic Wholemeal Spelt Flour ★ Organic Wholemeal Einkorn Flour ★

GLUTEN FREE ORGANIC CEREAL FLAKES ★★ FREEE www.freee-foods.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Suitable for vegans, these crispy gluten free flakes are made in Wiltshire from an organic buckwheat and rice blend. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with your favourite milk for a delicious, low fat, high fibre, organic start to the day. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

ORGANIC RAW ACACIA HONEY INFUSED WITH STRAWBERRIES ★ HONEYBERRY www.honey-berry.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Handmade in the UK, organic raw acacia honey is infused with strawberries for a 100% natural product, free from artificial colourings and flavourings. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try this as an alternative to jams and preserves, or as a substitute for sugar while enjoying the natural benefits of organic raw acacia honey. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Organic Raw Acacia Honey ★

Organic Raw Acacia Honey infused with Organic Cinnamon ★

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BOOSH ORGANIC CHICKEN BONE BROTH ★ THE GLORIOUS SOUL FOOD CO. www.booshfoods.com WHAT IS IT? A tasty, nutritious broth with warming herb overtones that’s naturally high in both protein and collagen. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Liven up all your favourite recipes, from casseroles to soups. Use it like a stock or enjoy as a nourishing hot drink. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

CRANBERRY GRANOLA ★ THE THREE BEES BAKERY www.thethreebeesbakery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla, this well-baked granola is packed full of cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with milk or sprinkle on top of yoghurt and chopped banana. It can also be eaten on its own as a snack. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally

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CANDIED JALAPENOS ★ HAYNES GOURMET

www.haynesgourmet.com WHAT IS IT? Suitable for vegans, these caramelised jalapeño slices are preserved in sweet and spicy candying liquor. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect with cheeses such as brie, camembert and cheddar. Try them on pizzas, nachos, burgers and salads. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

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ORIGINAL SOURDOUGH CRISPBREAD WITH HOLE ★★ PETER’S YARD www.petersyard.com WHAT IS IT? A delicious crispbread made with natural ingredients including Peter’s Yard’s 16-hour fermented sourdough, and handbaked until crisp and golden. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s the natural choice to accompany smoked salmon, cheese or pâté, whether for a snack, a light lunch or entertaining friends. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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BALACHUANG ★★★ CHU CHU BURMESE KITCHEN www.chuchuburmesekitchen.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A sweet and salty Burmese shrimp fry with a rich, umami flavour and a kick of chilli heat. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Sprinkle on curries or hot, buttered toast, heap on plain rice, or add to salads. It can also be enjoyed straight from the jar. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

SMOKED TROUT FILLETS ★★ THE WEALD SMOKERY www.wealdsmokery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Fillets of Hampshire trout, hot smoked over local oak logs in traditional kilns. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with the simplest of accompaniments such as a squeeze of lemon and horseradish sauce, or add it to a smoked fish platter. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Sliced Smoked Venison ★ Free Range Dry Cured Bacon ★ Sussex Cooked Ham ★

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HORSERADISH SAUCE ★★ INSPIRED VEGAN www.inspireddining.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This is a delicious horseradish sauce that is suitable for every meal. It is free from eggs, dairy, soya, gluten and GMOs. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pair it with a beetroot salad, roast root vegetables, braised red cabbage or a bean stew for a tasty vegan meal. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Hollandaise Style Sauce ★ Dill Mustard Sauce ★ Bearnaise Style Sauce ★

LAMB FAGGOTS ★★★ OWTON’S BUTCHERS www.owtons.com WHAT IS IT? A traditional faggot made from local Hampshire lamb and fresh spices, hand-wrapped in caul fat. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? These faggots are great when simply baked in the oven and served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a rich gravy. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mrs Owton’s Smoked Streaky Bacon ★★ Game Faggots ★★ Lamb, Mint & Pea Sausages ★

DARK CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT THINS ★ SUMMERDOWN MINT www.summerdownmint.com WHAT IS IT? These peppermint thins are made from 55% chocolate, infused with single-estate peppermint oil from the family farm. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? With twenty luxurious discs in every box, they’re the perfect after-dinner treat or thank you present. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

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TWISTED NOSE WATERCRESS GIN ★ WINCHESTER DISTILLERY www.twistednose.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This is a beautifully bright and balanced dry gin with a unique watercress twist. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with a good tonic over plenty of ice and a slice of pink grapefruit for the perfect G&T. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka ★ Hampshire Fine Dry Gin ★

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CATCH FABULOUS FISHCAKES www.catchfabulousfishcakes.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Fresh, sustainable UK mackerel is paired with sweet potato, roasted peppers and North African harissa chilli paste for a sweet and fiery fishcake. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The wonderfully warming hits of paprika and smoky harissa pair well with a fresh cucumber, yoghurt and mint salad. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Crabbie Crabcake ★★ The Colonial Fishcake ★ Smokey Bill Fishcake ★

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BARDSLEY ENGLISH PEAR JUICE ★ BARDSLEY ENGLAND www.bardsley-england.com WHAT IS IT? Single estate sweet Conference, mellow Comice and vanilla-noted Concorde pears are hand-picked and pressed to produce this refreshingly natural juice. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It can be served chilled or at room temperature, but it’s particularly good over ice. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

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BARDSLEY ENGLISH APPLE & CHERRY JUICE ★ BARDSLEY ENGLAND www.bardsley-england.com WHAT IS IT? Single estate, award winning Cox apples and sweet cherries have been handpicked and pressed to produce this mouthwatering natural juice. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It can be served chilled or at room temperature but it’s particularly good over ice. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

SHORTBREAD SHAPES ★ TAKE THE BISCUIT www.shortbreadshapes.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Delicious artisan shortbread, shaped and stamped by hand according to different themes. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Gift it, keep it, gobble it or savour it - enjoy this shortbread at any time and on any occasion. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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ORGANIC,VEGAN,GLUTEN & REFINED SUGAR FREE STICKY GINGER LOAF ★ EVE - ETHICAL VEGAN EATERY www.evevegan.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Moist, flavoursome, and made from organic ingredients, this artisan loaf is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with a caramel sauce or custard – or their vegan alternative. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

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SINGLE ESTATE ORANGE PEKOE ★ NIKO CEYLON TEA www.nikoceylontea.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This premium, pure, loose leaf Ceylon tea is rich in flavour with a hint of date and caramel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Its long, curly tea leaves make a light, refreshing ‘cuppa’ after 3-5 minutes’ brewing. Drink with or without milk. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Delightful Ceylon ★

NO.17 CHIMICHURRI BUTTER ★ SUBLIME BUTTER www.sublimebutter.com WHAT IS IT? Produced in Somerset, this delicious, lightly salted butter is married with parsley, oregano, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, chilli flakes and garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? As the butter melts, the flavour spreads, so wake up any dish by using this chimichurri butter to anoint meat or fish as it rests. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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MILK BEEF MINCE ★★ MILK BEEF www.milkbeef.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A unique beef: young, light, sweet, seasonal and healthy. It is 100% antibiotic-free, sustainable, and distinctively tender. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Reboot and reinvigorate all the classics. Milk Beef mince is especially suited to fast cooking and lighter, healthier meals. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online GREAT TASTE 2019-20

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DUKKAH ★ MR TACK’S www.mrtacks.com WHAT IS IT? Dukkah is a nutty spice mix, originally from Egypt. Mr Tack’s blend is lovingly made from a combination of hazelnuts and spices. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use as a seasoning or to coat meat or fish before pan frying. Alternatively, roll a soft-boiled egg in it or sprinkle over grilled halloumi. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Devil’s Dukkah ★

RUBY 18 ★★ TEAM TEA www.teamtea.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This is a sumptuously smooth, loose leaf black tea from Taiwan, with notes of stone fruit and dark honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Treat yourself and brew at any time of day for a delightfully decadent ‘cuppa’. It is best enjoyed without milk. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) ★★ Yin Zhen ‘Silver Needle’ Organic ★★ Peregrine Mountain 1st Flush ★★

SIX SEED BREAD FLOUR ★★★ WESSEX MILL www.wessexmill.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A seeded bread flour milled using local wheat. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it in any bread recipe. Great for baking loaves, rolls or scones. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Wessex Cobber Bread Flour ★★★ Strong White Bread Flour ★★ Sunflower Bread Flour ★★

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LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST SURREY

VEGAN NUT SPREAD ★ NATURALLY RAW CBD www.naturallyrawcbd.com WHAT IS IT? This delicious vegan almond butter, infused with natural coconut and fresh cinnamon root, has a texture like no other and a warm, toasty aroma. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try it on toast or a croissant for breakfast or blend into smoothies. Add to desserts or baking – or simply enjoy it on a teaspoon! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

BLACK BEAN CHILLI OIL ★ RONIB’S KITCHEN www.ronibkitchen.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This savoury chilli oil has been married with black beans, bringing out the umami flavour in any dish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it as a dip or a marinade, or add it to stir fries, casseroles and pasta dishes. It works for any meal and any cuisine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online

CATHEDRAL CITY VINTAGE CHEDDAR ★★ SAPUTO DAIRY UK www.cathedralcity.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A traditional, vintage cheddar matured around 20 months for a balanced, intense, lasting taste, and a smooth yet crunchy texture. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy on its own or with crackers. It’s great in sandwiches, melted onto toast or grated onto pasta or a jacket potato. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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ACHARI SPICED SALAMI ★★ TEMPUS FOODS www.tempusfoods.com WHAT IS IT? A saucisson sec-style, wide-gauge salami delicately spiced with fennel, pepper, fenugreek, nigella and mace. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This salami is perfect as part of a charcuterie platter, excellent in a salad, and delicious when quickly sautéed and stirred through pasta. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Air Dried Beef ★★ Chestnut Smoked Coppa ★★ House Salami ★

BREAD & BUTTER PICKLES ★★★ VADASZ www.vadaszdeli.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Slices of cucumber and onion with coriander seeds and dill. It’s cold-brined, crunchy and delicious. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Make use of its versatility by adding to sandwiches, salads and burgers. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Raw Sauerkraut Traditional ★

WEST SUSSEX

SUSSEX DRY GIN ★ SLAKE SPIRITS www.slakespirits.com WHAT IS IT? This citrus-forward, herbaceous Sussex Dry Gin is made with locally grown lemon balm and lemon verbena. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve neat from the freezer over dried black olives or with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic water, grapefruit and fresh rosemary. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Hedgerow Gin ★

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Hadley’s Dairy | Burnt Honey Ice Cream

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EAST ANGLIA Hadley’s Dairy has never been a large-scale ice cream maker, but an unplanned return to its original home-kitchen production methods and smaller batches has paid dividends his year has been a turning point for Jane Hadley, and not just because her Burnt Honey ice cream won a Great Taste 3-star and the Golden Fork for East Anglia. It’s nearly 20 years since the then farm secretary decided to add value to her family farm’s milk in Colchester, Essex, by turning it into ice cream. Her business, Hadley’s Dairy, has gone on to great things since then, winning multiple awards and naturally growing in size. But when her pasteuriser broke down earlier this year it proved to be a blessing in disguise, forcing Hadley to make smaller batches. “We had to go back to making ice cream using pans on the hob and it really made me think about how I do things,” she says. “I’ve always used fresh eggs and cream, but I’d gone up to making 200 litre batches. When we went back to how I used to make it, I just thought it tasted better.” What’s so telling about this comment is that 200 litres

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of ice cream is in itself a tiny amount, but such is Hadley’s commitment to quality that she has decided to scale back production, focusing less on wholesale and more on selling through her ice cream parlour in Suffolk, where margins are higher. There can’t be many commercial ice cream makers who still use shell eggs and unhomogenised

WHEN WE WENT BACK TO HOW I USED TO MAKE IT, I JUST THOUGHT IT TASTED BETTER Guernsey milk and cream (which she now sources from The Estate Dairy). And even fewer cooking, sieving and pureeing fresh damsons to make Damson & Cassis ice cream – another 3-star product in this year’s awards, along with Gooseberry & Elderflower. “It’s hard work,” says Hadley. “But when people say, ‘wow, that’s how ice cream used to taste’, it’s just so satisfying.” For her Golden Forkwinning Burnt Honey ice cream, Hadley caramelises honey by hand in a saucepan at 120°C until it hits just the right point. “I want it to get

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you in the back of the throat with a honey intensity that tastes almost a little burnt,” she says. “The terrible thing with me is that I always want to do things properly. How it should be done.” Ice cream lovers are thankful that she does. www.handmadebyhadleys. co.uk

HOW TO USE IT? Serve with strawberries or figs. The sweetness of the ice cream means it’s good to have something a little sharper cutting through.

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MAPLE & WALNUT GELATO ★★ GELATO HEAVEN www.gelatoheaven.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A luxurious soft and creamy maple gelato with chopped walnuts, made in small batches using fresh milk and cream. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s divine on its own or as a luscious accompaniment to festive desserts. Try it with apple, pecan or pumpkin pies. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): FRoche ★ Lemon Sorbet ★

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ORGANIC COCONUT AMINOS ★ THREE BY ONE EUROPE www.threebyone.eu WHAT IS IT? A dark, rich coconut sap sauce, fermented in barrels infused with chilli, garlic & onion. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use as a replacement for soy sauce or vinegars. It is also suitable for dipping, dressing and marinating. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

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IRISH CREAM ICE CREAM ★★ JW ICE CREAM COMPANY www.jwicc.com WHAT IS IT? This handmade ice cream is made from natural ingredients and blended with Baileys. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Savour as a dessert or afterdinner digestif, blend into an adult cream shake, or serve as an accompaniment to dessert. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Salted Caramel Liqueur ★

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ZESTY ORANGE ★ KENNARD’S ARTISAN CHOCOLATES www.kennardschocolates.com WHAT IS IT? This is a delightful dark chocolate bar with a delicate orange taste and real orange zest. Vegan-friendly and Kosher. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy the unique flavours of this bar on its own or with a hot drink or spiced rum. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

MOULSHAM STRONG MALTED SEEDED FLOUR ★★★ MARRIAGE’S www.flour.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This malted brown bread flour is packed with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, millet, brown linseed and poppy seeds. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It makes delicious, flavoursome bread and rolls with a unique taste and texture. It can also be used in a bread machine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Organic Self Raising White Flour ★★ Organic Plain White Flour ★★ Golden Wholegrain Plain Flour ★★

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HABANERO CHILLI & TOMATO SAUCE MEDIUM ★ ZIMS TRIBE www.zimstribe.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Orange habanero chillies, plum tomatoes, herbs and spices are caramelised, roasted and blended into a sauce to create the flavour of West Africa. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it as a marinade for meat and tofu, or a sauce for rice, pasta and couscous. It is also a perfect accompaniment to smashed avocado. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Spicy Relish ★

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SEA SALT & CRUSHED BLACK PEPPERCORNS KETTLE® CHIPS ★ KETTLE® CHIPS www.kettlefoods.co.uk WHAT IS IT? KETTLE® Chips are made from 100% British potatoes, seasoned with real food ingredients and handcooked in small batches. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? They are great for when friends come round – but just as good when they don’t! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

KETTLE® Veg Chips Lightly Salted ★

BLACKCURRANT & PIMM‘S PRESERVE ★★ OLD RECTORY PRESERVES

www.oldrectorypreserves.com WHAT IS IT? This jewel-coloured preserve is intensely flavoured with Norfolk blackcurrants and infused with botanicals from the gin-based spirit, Pimm’s. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is fabulous with scones and clotted cream for afternoon tea and works brilliantly as a topping for cheesecake. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Limoncello Marmalade ★ Sweet Red Pepper & Chilli Relish ★

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BANHOEK CHILLI OIL ★ BANHOEK CHILLI OIL COMPANY www.banhoekchillioil.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Rapeseed oil and dried Thai birdseye chillies are combined to make this handcrafted chilli oil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drizzle over salads, eggs, pasta, meat, fish, seafood or avocado. It can also be added to casseroles, roasts, stir fries and chocolate. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

H&J COFFEE DARK CHOCOLATE ★★ HARRIS & JAMES CHOCOLATE MAKERS www.harrisandjames.com WHAT IS IT? Just three ingredients combine to make this single-origin bean to bar dark chocolate ground with singleorigin coffee. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s excellent to eat on the sofa in the evening, or hide it away in your drawer and enjoy throughout the day. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): H&J Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate ★ H&J Marvellous Milk Chocolate ★ Adnams Rye Malt Whisky Chocolate ★

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Redhill Farm | Shoulder of Free Range Pork

A natural approach to rearing pigs clearly does the trick for Lincolnshire’s Redhill Farm. Its pork is a serial Great Taste award-winner and this year has seen it win a Golden Fork.

here aren’t many parts of Redhill Farm’s pigs that haven’t won an award at some point over the years. The Lincolnshire producer’s freerange pork is a serial Great Taste award-winner, picking up stars for everything from loin and belly, to ham hock and sausages.

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has good marbling,” says Jane Tomlinson, who runs the farm as well as two farm shops with her husband Terry. “I love the fact that a pure, natural product like our meat can win awards. It really shows what we do on the farm makes a big difference. We do things properly.” Set up in 1991, Redhill is tiny compared to most pig farms. It has just 60 Duroccross-Landrace sows, housed in insulated huts and able to roam freely in large paddocks where they can root about in the light sandy soil. The herd is antibiotic free – something that is remarkably rare in the UK – and fed on cereals grown on the farm. But pinpointing one reason why Redhill’s pork tastes so great is impossible, says Tomlinson. “It’s a combination of lots of different things. It’s Terry’s knowledge, the breed, the feed and the fact we leave them alone to live freely.”

THE AWARDS REALLY SHOW WHAT WE DO ON THE FARM MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE DO THINGS PROPERLY. But this year it was a different cut that was crowned with a 3-star and a Golden Fork. Pork shoulder is sometimes overlooked as a muscle fit only for sausages, but get a good piece of meat and treat it well, and it can be the star of the show in a roast dinner or render the best pulled pork. “Good chefs get it – they want to use the whole pig and understand that good pork

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Another factor is that, rather than send the animals to far away slaughterhouses, the Tomlinsons take their pigs to a local facility themselves on their own trailer, which means they are not stressed. The meat is also hung for several days to improve texture and flavour. “Most of the cheap supermarket stuff is slaughtered, cut and packaged in one day, and will be on the shelf the next,” she says. Thank goodness Redhill does things properly. www.redhillfarm.com

HOW TO USE IT? Pork shoulder makes a great roasting joint, especially if you like crackling. Tomlinson also likes to rub crushed fennel, thyme and garlic into the meat (not the skin) or slow cook it in beer in a double wrapped tray for several hours until it develops a ‘pulled’ pork texture.

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BRAZILIAN SUL DE MINAS ★★ 47 DEGREES COFFEE www.47degreescoffee.com WHAT IS IT? Hand roasted Brazilian coffee. Expect notes of chocolate and nut with a smooth, well-balanced body. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This coffee works exceptionally well served through an espresso machine, delivering a delightfully nutty nose with dark chocolate notes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mexican La Laja Decaf ★ American Diner Blend ★ Papua New Guinea Mile High ★

MUSTARD MAYONNAISE ★ BROCK & MORTEN www.brockandmorten.com WHAT IS IT? A delicious handmade mayonnaise with wholegrain mustard. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This mayonnaise is perfect in sandwiches and with cold meats or as a fantastic glaze on a gammon joint. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): White Italian Condiment ★

HEREFORDSHIRE

HILL BILLY LONDON DRY GIN ★★ BLACK MOUNTAINS BOTANICALS www.blackmountainsbotanicals.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A super smooth London dry gin full of local botanicals from the heart of Herefordshire. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s perfect in a Martini, smooth over ice, and delicious in a classic G&T. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Hill Billy Red Gin ★★

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DAMSON VODKA ★★ DAMSON TREE www.damsontreeshop.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A meticulously crafted, twice-filtered spirit, made from home-grown damsons steeped in vodka for an entire year to develop a deep, fruity character. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Damson vodka can be enjoyed neat over ice but it’s also delicious in cocktails or as a recipe ingredient. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

GLUTEN FREE SUNFLOWER LOAF ★ HEDONIST BAKERY www.hedonistbakery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A sunflower seed filled light buckwheat dough with a thin, crisp crust and topped with sunflower seeds. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s ideal toasted and topped with melted butter and your favourite preserve, or try it freshly baked with hummus and baba ghanoush. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Luxury Farmers Country Grains Loaf ★★ Raisin & Cobnut Loaf ★

MATURE CHEDDAR & CHIVE POTATO CRISPS ★ TYRRELLS POTATO CRISPS www.tyrrellscrisps.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Hand-cooked English potato crisps flavoured with mature cheddar and chive. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The hero of the informal social gathering, these ‘Tyrrellbly’ tasty crisps are best enjoyed shared with friends. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps ★ Sour Cream & Serenade Chilli Potato Crisps ★ Mixed Root Veg Crisps ★

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MYRTLE'S MANGO CHUTNEY ★★ MYRTLE’S KITCHEN

www.myrtleskitchen.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A subtly spiced, fruity and sophisticated chutney, made by hand in small batches with fresh mango. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This versatile chutney is excellent with curry, as a dip or in a marinade, as well as making a great partner for cheese. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH ‘THE MOTHER’ ★★ WILLY’S www.willysacv.com WHAT IS IT? This apple cider vinegar is made from forty-eight classic apple varieties grown in organic Herefordshire orchards. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Dilute a tablespoon in warm water with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of honey. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Other OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey ★★ Apple Cider Vinegar and Beetroot Shot ★ Sparkling Apple Drink with Kombucha and Apple Cider Vinegar ★

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LINCOLNSHIRE HASLET ★★★ REDHILL FARM FREE RANGE PORK www.redhillfarm.com WHAT IS IT? A regional charcuterie delicacy made by hand from seasoned Lincolnshire sausage meat, baked until golden brown and caramelised. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s delicious warm or cold, in a sandwich or dressed up with wilted spinach, poached egg and hollandaise. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Free Range Shoulder of Pork ★★★ Free Range Loin of Pork ★★★ Free Range Pork Belly ★★

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MIDLAND SNACKS TRADITIONAL PORK SCRATCHINGS ★★ TAYTO GROUP www.midlandsnacks.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Made using the finest quality rind and handcooked in small batches, these pork scratchings are mouthwatering perfection. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This authentic Black Country treat is ideal to accompany your favourite drink, whether at the pub or relaxing at home. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mr Porky Handcooked Pork Scratchings ★★ Mr Porky Crispy Strips ★

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

CLEANSE PURE SQUEEZED PRUNE JUICE ★ BENEFIT DRINKS www.lovelyfodder.com WHAT IS IT? The original ‘superfood’, Cleanse is made with the highest grade prunes from the Agen region of Bordeaux. A pure fruit juice from concentrate (100%). WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drink it or add it to your porridge oats for a healthy hit of Provitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): CLEANSE Pure Squeezed Prune Juice (not from concentrate) ★ VITALITY Beetroot Juice ★

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APLEY SMOKED PHEASANT ★★ APLEY SMOKED PHEASANT www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Apley Estate pheasant breasts that have been smoked mildly in beechwood by MacNeil’s Smokehouse. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve it cold as a canapé or add to salads. Try it as a snack, a quick lunch or as part of a picnic. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Apley Lemon Drizzle Cake ★★

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RASPBERRY MERINGUE BAR ★ FLOWER & WHITE www.flowerandwhite.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A raspberry meringue bar made with natural flavours and colours, coated in white chocolate and a raspberry crumble. Gluten free and vegetarian. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? With less than 100 calories, it’s the perfect sweet treat. Eat it as it is or use it as part of a dessert. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Meringue Drops - White Chocolate & Raspberry ★★

TRIPLE COOKED PORK CRACKLING - THE ORIGINAL ★★ MR TROTTER

www.mrtrotter.co.uk WHAT IS IT? The very best pork rind is triple-cooked to create a lighter crackling with a crisp texture. It’s then seasoned with a blend of natural ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it cold straight from the packet or warm after two minutes in the oven. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Triple Cooked Pork Crackling - Salt & Vinegar ★ Great British Pork Sausalami - The Original ★

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SWEET GOOSEBERRY WHOLE FRUIT JAM ★★ COTTAGE DELIGHT www.cottagedelight.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Specially selected sweet and juicy whole gooseberries give this jam a tangy taste and a traditional texture. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spread it over toasted brioche or use it to create a gooseberry fool. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Caramelised Onion Chutney ★ Sweet Apple Chutney ★ Bloody Mary Salsa ★

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61% COLOMBIAN CACAO, BEE POLLEN & HONEY ★ COX&CO. www.coxandcocacao.com WHAT IS IT? 61% cacao dark chocolate blended with honey and a sprinkling of bee pollen, perfectly balancing richness with sweetness. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy eating it on its own or use it to bake delicious desserts. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): 85% Colombian Cacao with Raw Cacao Nibs ★

TIMUR GIN ★★★ NELSON’S DISTILLERY & SCHOOL LTD www.nelsonsdistillery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Botanicals sourced from Nepalese mountains give this gin a fresh citrusy burst and pleasing aftertaste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it neat over ice or add a premium chilled light tonic with a zest of grapefruit. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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FRENCH REVELATION ★★ HOGAN’S CIDER www.hoganscider.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Made solely from English cider apples, this is a keeved cider with natural fruit sweetness. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s a great accompaniment to blue cheese, pancakes and seafood, or simply enjoy it as a long drink. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Killer Sharp ★ Libertine ★ 3 Year Oak Aged Apple Spirit ★

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ETHIOPIAN GUJI DERI KOCHA ★★★ MONSOON ESTATES www.monsoonestates.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A natural process Ethiopian coffee. It’s rich, fruity and well balanced with wonderful lingering flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Whatever your favourite brew method, it suits them all – from cafetière to cappuccino. It also makes a wonderful cold brew. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Ethiopian Dumerso ★ ★ Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere ★ Monsoon Estates Cold Brew ★

BLACK ASSAM TEA- EMPOWER ★ NOBLE LEAF www.nobleleaf.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A bold, malty black tea with stunning golden tips, ethically sourced directly from the tea garden. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Take time out and enjoy a mindful cup of tea, either on its own or with a splash of milk. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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COLD SMOKED CHICKEN ★ ADLINGTON www.adlingtonltd.com WHAT IS IT? Quality chicken, traditionally cold smoked using a mixture of oak and chestnut wood chips. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Slow roast in the oven to release the smoke flavour and enjoy the tender and succulent texture. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Katsu Chicken Noodle Soup ★ Label Anglais Free Range Chicken ★ Adlington Turkey ★

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MAMMA’S JAMAICAN SIMNEL CAKE ★★ WOOLERY FORBES www.w-forbes.com WHAT IS IT? Lovingly handmade to a 100-year-old family recipe, this Jamaican simnel cake is crafted to the highest standard from the finest ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it as a dessert or an indulgent treat. It’s also perfect for gifting and weddings. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

WORCESTERSHIRE

CHORIZO ★★ SEVERN SPOTS www.severnspots.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A British, free range air-dried chorizo spiced with paprika, chilli and garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s delicious on its own, in a mezze platter, added to omelettes or scrambled eggs, or to spice up pizza and stews. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Tuscan Salami ★★ Sopressata Salami ★★ Walnut Salami Sticks ★

MEDITERRANEAN HERB BAKED PUMPKIN SEEDS ★ SIMPLYSEEDZ LTD www.simplyseedz.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A high protein savoury pumpkin seed snack, baked without oil in a tasty Mediterranean herb seasoning. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A healthy on-the-go snack, great for lunch boxes. Add it to any dish for a crunch with your lunch! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Dark Woods Coffee | Panama La Huella, “Café de Panama”

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NORTH OF ENGLAND When it comes to sourcing micro-lot coffees from far flung locations, Dark Woods excels itself. But its roastery in a former textile mill is also part of the magic formula that helps it win so many awards. ark Woods sources beans from exotic locations – Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Brazil – but its headquarters couldn’t be more British. In an old textile mill beside a canal and the River Colne, the company roasts beans surrounded by the beautiful Pennines, with its moorland, dry-stone walls and ancient woods. “Working in a dramatic, windswept valley helps inspire the mood and flavours of our coffees,” says roaster Damian Blackburn, who co-founded the business in 2013 with two coffee industry friends, Paul

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beans, the company sources speciality coffees from skilled farmers, and roasts on a 1950s German drum roaster to bring out their distinctive flavours. There is plenty of distinction in La Huella Café de Panama, a brand that covers beans grown by a group of farmers in Panama. The La Huella collective is headed up by Pedro Moss in Panama, who hand-selects and mills microlots of beans for Dark Woods. “These small, unique batches are sourced from different coffee producers under the La Huella umbrella, with every farmer working with distinctive micro-climates, soils, altitudes, and Arabica varietals and process styles in and around the town of Boquete,” explains Blackburn. The batches used to make the Golden Fork-winning Café de Panama Natural coffee are primarily selected from a farm called Finca Pandura, and the coffee beans are dried within

WORKING IN A DRAMATIC, WINDSWEPT VALLEY HELPS INSPIRE THE MOOD AND FLAVOURS OF OUR COFFEES Meikle-Janney and Ian Agnew. “You need to be in the zone when you’re roasting to hear, see and smell the beans, so it’s good to work in a peaceful space.” Rather than commodity

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their cherries – on raised beds in the sun. “This ‘natural’ processing is what lends the beans an extrasweet fruitiness, combined with a rich body and chocolatey flavour, once they are carefully roasted,” says Blackburn. Unlocking the natural sweetness, acidity and complex aromas is a delicate job with only 5kg of beans roasted at a time. “We leave the roast a little lighter so the inherent fruitiness really shines through in the cup,” he says. The final flavour is remarkable, taking in berry and milk chocolate notes with a clean, sweet, cranberry finish. A taste of Panama with a hint of the Pennines. www.darkwoodscoffee.co.uk

HOW TO USE IT? Pain au chocolat is a perfect match, complementing the milk chocolate notes in the coffee. For something completely different, try thin slices of sweet and spicy salami.

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FRESH SEMI-SKIMMED GOATS' MILK ★ DELAMERE DAIRY

www.delameredairy.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Fresh, pasteurised, homogenised semi-skimmed goats’ milk. Mild and easy to digest. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This goats’ milk should be used like any other – on cereals, with tea and coffee, or in baking and sauces. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mild Goats’ Cheese ★

CHOCO'LICIOUS SAMOSA ★ GREEN SISTERS

www.greensisters.co.uk WHAT IS IT? These deep-filled, velvety chocolate samosas are made with crisp, gluten-free pastry. They are also vegan, organic, FairTrade and free from 14 allergens. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A great dessert with sorbet, coulis or ice-cream. Equally good with a drizzle of chocolate or fruit sauce, accompanied by a selection of berries. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

BLOOMSBURY ESPRESSO BLEND ★★ THE LOST BARN COFFEE ROASTERS www.lostbarncoffee.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A Brazilian/Mexican espresso coffee blend that offers luxurious, nutty chocolate flavours with hints of citrus and honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This espresso blend can be enjoyed black or milky, at home or in cafés. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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NORTH OF ENGLAND CUMBRIA

HERBACEOUS STRAWBERRY GIN LIQUEUR ★★ LAKELAND ARTISAN www.lakelandartisan.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A light, refreshing liqueur made from a blend of strawberries, basil and mint with London gin. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it straight over ice or as an after-dinner liqueur. Add it into prosecco or make a longer drink with cucumber tonic water. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Sloe Gin Liqueur ★★ Ginger Cordial ★★ Damson Gin Liqueur ★

CUCKOLD'S REVENGE JELLY GIN MARMALADE ★ SHED 1 DISTILLERY www.shed1distillery.com WHAT IS IT? A jelly gin marmalade made with fresh citrus fruit left over from Shed 1’s gin production. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spread it on toast, serve it with meat and cheese, or use it as a glaze, cake filler or a cocktail mixer. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Fancy Frolic ★ Chilli Fest ★ Festive Tipple ★

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RYE FLOUR & WHOLEGRAIN ★★ CRAGGS & CO www.craggsandco.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This dark rye flour is made from British grains which are milled in their entirety to maintain taste and flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s a versatile flour which will render both a wonderful dark and rich loaf and a delightful crispbread. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Emmer Flour - Wholegrain ★★ Einkorn Flour - Wholegrain ★★

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LOCH NESS BIRCH SYRUP ★ THE BIRCH SYRUP COMPANY www.thebirchsyrupcompany.com WHAT IS IT? This is the finest Highland Birch syrup – UK-made and 100% pure with an earthy, savoury flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s ideal for fine cuisine, baking, glazes and salad dressings, as well as marinades and BBQ sauces. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Locally, Online

EAST YORKSHIRE

SIGNATURE LONDON DRY GIN ★★ THE HOOTING OWL DISTILLERY www.hootingowldistillery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A single-shot distilled London Dry Gin, 42% ABV. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try neat over ice or serve with a plain tonic, a slice of grapefruit and plenty of ice. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): East Yorkshire Gin ★★ North Yorkshire Gin ★

LANCASHIRE

ANN FORSHAW‘S LUXURY LAYERED YOGURTBLUEBERRY & BLACKCURRANT ★ ANN FORSHAW’S ALSTON DAIRY www.alstondairy.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Luxuriously creamy vanilla yogurt, made using only milk from the producer’s own herd, suspended over fruit compote. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy this luxurious yogurt any time of the day – at breakfast or even as a lighter dessert choice in an evening. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Ann Forshaw’s Luxury Layered Yogurt - Strawberry & Rhubarb ★ Ann Forshaw’s Luxury Layered Yogurt - Peach & Apricot ★

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NORTH OF ENGLAND LANCASHIRE

GLUTEN FREE SPICY STEM GINGER COOKIES ★★ FARMHOUSE BISCUITS www.farmhouse-biscuits.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Baked the traditional way, this crumbly oat biscuit contains warming spices and stem ginger. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s a great dunker and is perfect to share with the whole family or to keep to yourself as a special treat. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Gluten Free Honey & Oat Biscuits ★ Gluten Free Oat & Cranberry Cookies ★

STEAK RUB ★ JD SEASONINGS www.jdseasonings.com WHAT IS IT? Take your steak to another level with this blend of herbs and spices. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This steak rub is the perfect accompaniment to beef, lamb, pork and tofu, but is also great in stews and hotpots. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Chicken Rub ★ Jamaican Jerk ★

MRS KIRKHAM'S TASTY LANCASHIRE ★★★ MRS KIRKHAM’S LANCASHIRE CHEESE www.mrskirkhamscheese.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This is a true, traditional raw milk Lancashire, made from two days’ curd, creating a rich, buttery crumbly cheese. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Great on its own or served with fruit chutneys. It’s also fantastic for melting on crusty bread. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally

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FREE RANGE CHICKEN ★ HERB FED POULTRY www.herbfedpoultry.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A truly free-range, slow-grown chicken, fed on a unique fresh herb diet resulting in a delicious depth of flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This succulent, flavoursome and very meaty chicken is perfect for a hearty Sunday lunch. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Free Range Bronze Turkey ★ Free Range Christmas Rooster ★

YORKSHIRE BLUE ★★ SHEPHERDS PURSE CHEESES www.shepherdspurse.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This creamy, mellow, and beautifully balanced blue cheese is made by hand on the family farm in Yorkshire using local milk. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Melt it onto a freshly baked baguette or over a steak. Stir it into mashed potato or pasta. Or simply devour it on its own. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Harrogate Blue ★★ Mrs Bell’s Blue ★

ROMAN FRUIT GIN ★ YORK GIN www.yorkgin.com WHAT IS IT? A juniper-led 42.5% dry gin, infused with fruits associated with Ancient Rome. No sugar added. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drink it with quality tonic over ice and garnish with frozen raspberries. Try it with prosecco and strawberries for a ‘Roman Fizz’. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): London Dry Gin ★★

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PLUM PUD ★★ TIPPLE TAILS www.reallygreatfruitcake.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A luxuriously moist, fruity pudding, filled with boozy Sloemotion damsons, and laced with damson gin. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve it hot or cold with custard or cream. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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SOPPRESSATA SALAMI ★ BLOCK & BOTTLE / MEAT SALT SMOKE www.meatsaltsmoke.com WHAT IS IT? Meat Salt Smoke’s flagship salami is made with Gloucester Old Spot pork, balanced with chilli, fennel and garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Slice thinly and serve with other cured meats and cheese or add it to pizzas just out of the oven. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

BREAKFAST BLEND TEA BAGS ★★★ TRAIDCRAFT www.traidcraftshop.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A smooth and refreshing Fairtrade breakfast blend tea, from small holder producers in East Africa. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drop a bag in your cup, add a splash of milk, and enjoy a fullbodied, smooth and refreshing brew. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Chilean Nectar Set Honey ★★ Breakfast Blend Decaffeinated Tea Bags ★ Earl Grey Tea Bags ★

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BLEND 7 ★★ BALMFORTH & CO www.refreshmentsystems.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This medium roast, whole bean coffee is sustainably sourced from Brazil and Vietnam. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The product is best served through a traditional espresso machine or automatic bean-to-cup machine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Temba Tanzanian Blend ★

COMMON GROUNDS BARREL-️AGED COFFEE ★★ DARK WOODS COFFEE

www.darkwoodscoffee.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Developed in collaboration with brewery Magic Rock, these Ethiopian coffee beans are aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Thanks to its dried fruits-vanilla flavour, this coffee is perfect for espresso, filter brews and also aromatic cold brew infusions. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Panama La Huella ‘Café de Panama’ Natural ★★★ Arboretum Blend ★★ Under Milk Wood Blend ★

DARK CHOCOLATE GINGER BISCUITS ★★ GRANDMA WILD’S BISCUITS www.grandma-wilds.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Always crunchy and utterly delicious, Grandma Wild’s Dark Chocolate Gingers are baked in the traditional way in a Yorkshire family bakery. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Thanks to the warm hit of ginger, this deluxe biscuit goes very well with a cup of tea – especially in the afternoon. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Butterscotch Biscuits ★ Salted Caramel Biscuits ★

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ORGANIC ETHIOPIA SHAKISSO ★★ GRUMPY MULE www.grumpymule.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A floral, crisp and refreshing coffee from Ethiopia, with notes of Earl Grey and citrus. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Grind beans for espresso or brew ground in a cafetiere, V60 or filter. It can also soak overnight for cold brew. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Roast to Order Widescreen Espresso ★★ Colombia Equidad ★ Peru Café Femenino ★

STEM GINGER OATMEAL BISCUITS ★ LOTTIE SHAW’S www.lottieshaws.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A truly unique British biscuit, baked using the finest oats, wheat and Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This savoury biscuit is perfect with cheese, houmous, cold meats and chutneys. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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SUPREME CHAMPION & GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Swoon | Nocciola Gelato

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SOUTH WEST ENGLAND Bruno Forte grew up eating his grandfather’s gelato in the family trattoria. It was the inspiration for setting up Swoon in Bristol less than 5 years ago and it has already driven him to create a Supreme Champion product. runo Forte can pinpoint the moment he knew gelato was his future. “I took a course at the Gelato University in Bologna, and the first morning I was amazed by what we were making and tasting,” he says. “It was a real ‘wow’ moment.” Forte had decided to take the course after many years in hospitality – first running hotels in London and then back in the family trattoria in Swanage, set up by his grandfather in 1970. “Gelato has always been in the family,” he says. “But there wasn’t a product out there as good as my grandfather used to make.” Enthused by his training, Forte returned to the UK and set up the first Swoon gelateria with his family in Bristol in 2016, before opening three more – two in Bath and one in Oxford. It’s been a rapid rise, which is only likely to gather pace after Swoon’s Nocciola (hazelnut) Gelato was named Supreme Champion at Great Taste 2019, where judges raved about its “smooth and super creamy” texture and

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“pure” flavour. “Our gelato is soft and silky because we churn it slowly and keep water crystals absolutely microscopic,” explains Forte. “A lot of ice cream is made using pastes, which are often high in additives and stabilisers. We make ours with fresh ingredients like milk from Somerset and hazelnuts from a small farm in Piedmont.” The Bristol and Bath shops have their own gelato ‘labs’, but Swoon also has

GELATO HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE FAMILY a central production site in Bristol, which supplies freshly made mix to its other shops where it is churned on site. Further outlets, which will be supplied by the unit, are planned in the near future. Sales have increased 20% since the award win and the phone has been ringing constantly with food halls keen to stock Swoon’s products. As yet, the company has not developed a retail product, but trials are underway to recreate the

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fresh gelato experience in branded tubs. “We’re currently looking at how we can tweak the recipe so it has a longer shelf life and will work at colder temperatures, but we refuse to compromise on the flavour or texture,” says Forte. Grandfather would approve. www.swoononaspoon. co.uk

HOW TO USE IT? Swoon’s gelato matches beautifully with a dark chocolate tart, or served in a tub or cone with a scattering of crunchy hazelnuts.

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ORGANIC GINGER LEMON TEA ★★ TAKA TURMERIC www.takaturmeric.com WHAT IS IT? Unbleached, plastic-free teabags contain this organic turmeric blend with ginger, lemon and other uplifting ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Place a teabag in your favourite cup, add freshly boiled water and brew for five minutes, then enjoy! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Organic Hibiscus Cinnamon Tea ★

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RUGGED PEANUT BUTTER ★ BUTTER BIKE CO. PEANUT BUTTER www.butterbike.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This small-batch, super crunchy peanut butter is freshly roasted and free from all added oils and sugars. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Not just a delicious toast topper, this peanut butter is perfect for swirling over oats, or used in baked treats, curries and sauces. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

DARTMOUTH ENGLISH GIN ★★ DARTMOUTH DISTILLERY CO. www.dartmouth-gin.com WHAT IS IT? A classic juniper-led gin distilled to create a complex, perfectly balanced, very smooth spirit. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Smooth enough to be drunk with just ice, great in a gin and tonic, and a perfect foundation for cocktails. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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It’s hats off to the tasting team down at Tyrrells Farm in Herefordshire. You see, it takes a particular palate to perfectly balance the twang of chive and the tang of cheddar. But with four Great Taste awards under their belt, we’re certain they’ve got it spot on. Keep up the good work chaps!

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RHUBARB CRUSH ★★ LUSCOMBE DRINKS www.luscombe.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A lightly sparkling blend of organic rhubarb, Madagascan vanilla and soft Devon spring water. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Fill your glass with plenty of ice and serve with a sprig of mint for a refreshing and fragrant taste. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Hot Ginger Beer ★ Devon Tonic Water ★ Sparkling Apple Crush ★

VIPER LONDON DRY GIN ★ AVALON DISTILLERY COMPANY www.viperspirit.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A handcrafted London Dry Gin with slightly sweet hints of apple and spices. Streaks of fresh citrus shine through on the finish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with elderflower tonic and garnish with a slice or two of crisp Granny Smith apple and a single segment of star anise. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

CHUNKY STEAK & KIDNEY PIE ★ TREVISICK’S PIE EMPORIUM www.trevisickpie.co.uk WHAT IS IT? The world’s first certified palm oil free steak & kidney pie, made to a 130-year-old recipe from tender meat, well-seasoned gravy and a hint of brandy. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Can be enjoyed hot or cold, for lunch or even as a main course at a dinner party. Serve with traditional accompaniments. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mushroom Stroganoff Pie ★

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SOUTH WEST DORSET

COCONUT CHICKEN LAKSA ★ MR LEE’S PURE FOODS CO. www.mrleesnoodles.com WHAT IS IT? Chicken curry rice noodles with generous chunks of 100% chicken breast. Gluten free, no nasties. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply add hot water to enjoy as a quick lunch at work, a light dinner or food on-the-go while travelling. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

NATIV HOT SAUCE ★★ NATIV RESTAURANT www.nativsauce.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Scotch bonnets, mustard, uziza seeds and other African spices are blended to create this delicious and unique hot sauce. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy a taste of the African heat by adding it to chicken, curry, pasta and pizza, or try it as a marinade. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

SPICY TOMATO & CARAMELISED ONION CHUTNEY ★ THE CHERRY TREE www.cherrytreepreserves.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An Indian influenced, sweet & aromatic tomato chutney. It is hand-made in small batches. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This sweet chutney is a great accompaniment to all soft cheeses, or try it as an alternative to tomato purée on a pizza base. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Sweet Cider Chutney ★★ Pina Colada Curd ★★ Blackcurrant & Sloe Gin ★

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WASABI MUSTARD ★★★ THE WASABI COMPANY www.thewasabicompany.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An original mustard recipe combined with fresh wasabi grown on our Dorset and Hampshire farms. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s delicious in sandwiches, and with beef, pâté or cheese. Use in salad dressings and sauces for an original flavour. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Vegan Sudachi Kombu Ponzu ★★★ Yuzu Mustard ★★ Wasabi Mayonnaise ★

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

DAVID'S CHILLI OIL MEDIUM ★★ DAVID’S CHILLI OIL

www.davidschillioil.com WHAT IS IT? An intensely flavoured and complex chilli oil with subtle fruity, aromatic and smoky notes. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it as a dressing for plated food or try adding it to your cooking and marinades. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): David’s Chilli Oil Hot ★

DOUGLAS-FIR DISTILLED GIN ★★★ TWISTING SPIRITS

www.twistingspirits.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A distinctive twist on the classic London Dry Gin with cold distilled Douglas Fir. It is aromatic, smooth and herbaceous. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it as a G&T or twist it up by adding grapefruit soda and fresh lime juice to make a Twisted Paloma. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Earl Grey Distilled Gin ★

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SOUTH WEST SOMERSET

ELDERFLOWER & ROSE ★★ LOVELY DRINKS www.lovelydrinks.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A true taste of English summer, this deliciously floral and aromatic drink is made with handpicked roses and wild elderflower petals. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Blend it with Pimm’s, lemonade, and plenty of cucumber. It also mixes well with craft gin or even an English sparkling wine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Indian Tonic Water ★ Dandelion & Burdock ★

PERRY'S VINTAGE CIDER ★★ PERRY’S CIDER

www.perryscider.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A modern take on barrel-aged ciders, fermented using champagne yeasts and aged in wooden barrels. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s great served chilled by itself or paired with rich meat dishes and West Country cheeses. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Redstreak - Single Variety ★ Grey Heron - Single Orchard Cider ★

TRADITIONAL VEGAN CHRISTMAS PUDDING ★★ PLUM DUFF & STUFF www.plumduffandstuff.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This moreish, handmade Christmas pudding is well balanced with a light texture and luscious mouthfeel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? If you have any leftover pudding from Christmas day, it is delicious fried or eaten cold the next day. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Longueville House Cider | Longueville Mรณr

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IRELAND Mór is the Irish word for big and this 8% ABV cider, aged in brandy barrels, certainly lives up to the name bestowed on it by its creators at Longueville House in Cork here are plenty of good reasons to visit Longueville House in County Cork, Ireland. The 300-year-old country house has a four-star hotel and an award-winning restaurant. It also offers activities like fly fishing, falconry and horse riding on the surrounding 450acre estate in the beautiful Blackwater Valley. But for drinkers it’s the tours of the 25-acre apple orchard and distillery that are the biggest draws. First planted by Longueville’s owner Michael O’Callaghan in 1985, the orchard is home to Dabinett and Michelin cider apple trees, whose tart and tannic fruits are used to make cider and Irish Apple Brandy – Cork’s answer to Calvados, made by distilling cider. “My father always instilled in his children the fact that we are only curators of the land for the next generation,” says Michael’s son William O’Callaghan, who now runs the business with his wife Aisling, after his father passed away in 2010. “We have a very strong blossomto-bottle ethos here using

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only cider apples that we have grown ourselves and using only 100% juice. No concentrates, no water, no added preservatives, no added sugars and no added sulphates. “It’s a totally natural cider. We take great pride in being as sustainable as possible with a huge respect for the terroir and environment. We do not use any pesticides or chemicals in the orchards or on the apples.” O’Callaghan makes his smooth, rich brandy and two types of cider with master distiller and chief cider-maker

WE HAVE A VERY STRONG BLOSSOM-TO-BOTTLE ETHOS HERE Dan Duggan. The original Longueville House Cider is crisp, clean and medium dry, but it’s the richer, punchier Mór that won plaudits at this year’s awards. Developed eight years ago, it’s a unique product that is made by allowing freshly pressed apple juice to naturally ferment and age in barrels previously filled with apple brandy. Mór is the Irish word for ‘big’ – a nod to the cider’s 8% ABV and its bigger, rounder flavour,

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which comes from barrel ageing. “It’s got a buttery fruitiness – apricot and butterscotch notes – but also structure from the tannins,” says O’Callaghan, who formerly trained as a chef, including a stint with Raymond Blanc. “Cider is an extension of cooking and taste. It’s just like the kitchen – if you work with good ingredients you can make a good product.” www.longuevillehouse.ie

HOW TO USE IT? The rich, tannic notes of Mór cry out for cheese. O’Callaghan is a fan of cheddar from nearby cheesemaker Dan Hegarty. The producer also makes a Comte-like raw milk cheese called Templegall, which works well.

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HOMEMADE KETCHUP ★ FITZPATRICK’S GOURMET KETCHUP www.facebook.com/fitzpatricks-ketchup2016 WHAT IS IT? This homemade ketchup is made with real food ingredients and infused with Irish Poitín for a unique taste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It goes well with everything but it is slightly less sweet than a standard ketchup, so it particularly complements a succulent burger. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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HORGAN'S IRISH SILVERSIDE SPICED BEEF ★ HORGAN’S DELICATESSEN SUPPLIES www.horgans.com WHAT IS IT? This lightly salted premium Irish beef is cooked with a coating of secret spices using a traditional Horgan family recipe from 1921. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It can be served hot or cold as part of a meat platter. It’s equally delicious in crusty bread with pickles, cheese and coleslaw. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Horgan’s Honey Baked Ham on the Bone ★

COLD-SMOKED IRISH HADDOCK ★

SALLY BARNES’ WOODCOCK SMOKERY www.woodcocksmokery.com WHAT IS IT? Locally caught Atlantic haddock, carefully brined and gently smoked with sweet beechwood. Nothing artificial is ever added.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Slice it thinly and acidulate with lime juice and olive oil. Poach gently in milk or add to risotto, fish stew or fish pie. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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WARBLER & WREN LITTLE BIRD BLEND ★★ FINDLATER & CO www.findlaterandco.com WHAT IS IT? A perfect balance of Colombian, Brazilian and Ethiopian coffees, the Little Bird blend delivers that sought-after artisan taste with notes of chocolate, fruited sugar and lemon.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A versatile blend that lends itself to almost anything. Try it as a 5oz Americano or long black to taste it at its full potential. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Warbler & Wren Wren’s Nest ★ Salana & Eshe Yirgacheffe ★

RIO VERDE ★★ KHANYA CRAFT COFFEE www.khanyacraftcoffee.com WHAT IS IT? A single-origin, medium roast, Brazilian coffee with a pronounced caramel taste and a full aroma, with notes of dark chocolate, citrus, honey and molasses. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s the perfect base for all drinks – savour the flavours in any speciality coffee, either black or milk-based. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): HoneyBush ★ El Jaguar Mexican ★

CLASSIC IRISH TONIC ★ POACHER’S DRINKS CO www.poachersdrinks.com WHAT IS IT? This classic tonic water is the perfect blend of Irish spring water, premium natural quinine, lemon, hibiscus and handpicked Irish thyme.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s made for pairing with juniper-forward or citrus-style London dry gin. Alternatively, simply savour it on its own. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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FUSED TERIYAKI STIR FRY SAUCE ★ FUSED BY FIONA UYEMA www.fusedbyfionauyema.com WHAT IS IT? This authentic teriyaki sauce was inspired by founder Fiona Uyema’s years spent living in Asia.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try this light and sticky sauce in a marinade, or in a stir fry with vegetables, meat or fish. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally

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HOMEMADE POTATO BREAD ★ DROMOD BOXTY www.dromodboxty.ie WHAT IS IT? A homemade golden potato bread made to a traditional Irish recipe.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try it as a bread alternative or as soldiers for eggs. It is also a classic component of the full Irish breakfast. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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WEXFORD BLACKCURRANT YOGURT ★★★ KILLOWEN FARM www.killowen.ie WHAT IS IT? This premium yogurt, made using home-produced milk, is layered with locally sourced blackcurrants.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it as a healthy snack, dessert, breakfast or treat. It’s particularly delicious with a berry crumble, pavlova or fruit salad. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Lemon Curd Yogurt ★★ Wexford Rhubarb Yogurt ★★

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NORTHERN IRELAND While Northern Irish craft beer is still relatively small compared to other parts of the UK, Whitewater Brewery has made itself a spearhead for the country’s scene with a punchy 10.5% imperial stout

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raft beer is so mainstream these days that many pioneers – from Fuller’s to Camden Town – have been bought up by huge multinational breweries. It’s a different story in Northern Ireland, however, where the craft scene has been slower to take off and still remains largely independent. “Northern Ireland has been less receptive to craft beer, but that’s changing big time,” says Bernard Sloan, owner of Co Down-based Whitewater Brewery, which is spearheading the new movement. “We have a strong ‘beer-tie’ system here, which has made it harder

Australian, New Zealand and American hops, was launched in 2016, but now accounts for 40% of sales. To keep up with demand, the company moved to a new 15,000 sq ft brewery two years ago, which has 10 times the capacity of its previous premises. The 10.5% imperial Russian stout Kreme dela Kremlin – which triumphed this year with the Great Taste Golden Fork for Northern Ireland – is a rich, dark brew made with muscovado sugar, maple syrup and premium malts. It is aged in whiskey barrels from local distiller Hinch. “I don’t want to say we’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it, but we haven’t spared any expense on the

, , I DON T WANT TO SAY WE VE THROWN THE KITCHEN SINK , AT IT, BUT WE HAVEN T SPARED ANY EXPENSE for small breweries, but it’s getting easier. “The larger brewers and publicans are waking up and seeing that people want to go beyond lager and drink beer that has more flavour.” Whitewater’s Maggies Leap IPA is a case in point. The beer, which is made with

ingredients,” says Sloan, who has since signed a deal to supply the stout to a Swedish retailer, part of a big drive to boost exports. “I’m careful that we don’t end up in a race to the bottom,” says Sloan. “Just bringing in turnover for the sake of it – that’s not where

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we want to be.” Specialist products like the Kreme dela Kremlin help in this regard, he adds, as well as being exciting to make. “There was a lot of deliberating, tasting and conversation in the brewery when we were developing it,” he says. “It has to pay the bills, but nobody says you can’t have fun while you’re doing it.”

www.whitewaterbrewery. com HOW TO USE IT? The relatively high ABV and rich, complex flavours make this a beer to be served with food. Sloan recommends blue cheese – Stilton, Shropshire Blue or Belfast’s own spicy blue, Young Buck.

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CHILLI BILTONG ★ KE NAKO BILTONG www.kenakobiltong.co.uk WHAT IS IT? It’s chilli-cured, air-dried beef. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eat it as a snack or use it to spice up soups and salads. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online

PIEMONTE IGP DARK HAZELNUT ICE CREAM ★★ MAUDS www.mauds.com WHAT IS IT? Real dairy ice cream flavoured using dark-roasted Piemonte IGP hazelnuts. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This ice cream pairs well with all sorts of desserts but it’s particularly good served with dark chocolate & sea salt torte. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Poor Bear’s Delight ★ Irish Atlantic Sea Salted Caramel ★ Special Reserve Ethiopian Coffee ★

IRISH SEA SALT & VINEGAR CRISPS ★ SHINDIGS CRISPS www.weareshindigs.com WHAT IS IT? These premium hand-cooked Irish potato crisps offer bold punchy flavours, all wrapped up in a recyclable sharing box. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The ready-packed sharing box makes it easier than ever to enjoy these crisps with friends and family. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Irish Mature Cheddar & Sweet Onion Crisps ★

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IRISH BLACK BUTTER ★★★ THE IRISH BLACK BUTTER COMPANY www.irishblackbutter.com WHAT IS IT? A rich, dark conserve made from PGI status Armagh Bramley Apples, cider, brandy, spices and treacle. Suitable for vegans. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try it savoury or sweet. Black Butter pairs just as well with cheese as it does with ice cream. It can also be used as a meat glaze or spread on toast. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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BLACK GARLIC MISO ★★★ CRAIC FOODS www.craicfoods.com WHAT IS IT? An umami-rich fermented soybean paste seasoning, produced with slow aged black garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s a unique savoury ingredient for broths, dressings and marinades, or a seasoning paste for meat, fish or roasted vegetables. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Black Garlic Solo ★★

SMOKED CHICKEN & MUSHROOM QUICHE ★★ L’ARTISAN FOODS www.lartisanfoods.com WHAT IS IT? Crisp shortcrust pastry filled with creamy egg, smoked chicken, soft caramelised leeks and mushrooms seasoned with wholegrain mustard. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This individual portion quiche goes really well with a salad or just served up on its own. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Red Pepper & Asparagus Tart ★

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JUMBO ORGANIC OATS ★ WHITE’S OATS www.whitesoats.co.uk WHAT IS IT? These oats, supplied by White’s 30 organic growers, deliver a supremely creamy taste and hearty texture. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? They are best served simply as a porridge but can also be used in baking to add wonderful texture to a recipe. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Toat’ly Oaty Original Instant Oats ★ Speedicook Porridge Oats ★ Medium Cut Oat Bran ★

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MILLBAY OYSTERS ★★★ ROONEY FISH www.rooneyfish.com WHAT IS IT? These meaty, sweet-tasting oysters offer a big hit of sea-fresh aroma and flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve them raw on a bed of crushed ice, drizzled with your choice of sauce. Or coat and deep-fry them. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Millbay Oysters with Gin ★★

KREME DELA KREMLIN IMPERIAL STOUT ★★★ WHITEWATER BREWERY www.whitewaterbrewery.com WHAT IS IT? This 10.5% Russian imperial stout is brewed with added maple syrup and vanilla pods, then aged for three months in Irish whiskey barrels. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is perfect with food, either used as an addition in cooking or savoured as a digestif at the end of a meal. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Ewe Rebel ★

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FREE RANGE EGGS ★ CAVANAGH FREE RANGE EGGS www.awardwinningeggs.com WHAT IS IT? Ethically produced, free range eggs. Available to both retail and the catering trade. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? They are extremely versatile and can be used in sweet or savoury dishes, but they’re perfect on their own too. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally

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PEPPER SAUCE ★ NEWELL STORES www.newellstores.com WHAT IS IT? A creamy sauce spiced with crushed black peppercorns. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve it hot alongside a steak or use it as a base for a peppered chicken dish. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Hand-Crafted Steak Burger ★

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | New Quay Honey Farm | Afon Mêl Heather Mead

Only the best heather honey, made in Wales’s Berwyn mountains, is used to brew up small batches of this mead that is brimming with flavour and the terroir of this key ingredient farmed at all.” Cooper’s family has been making raw honey under the Afon Mêl brand since 1995, selling it in jars through a shop and visitor centre on the 40-acre farm and to independent retailers. He also ferments the honey with Champagne yeast to make the ancient alcoholic drink mead in a range of styles, from 330ml bottles of sparkling sessionable drinks to 750ml bottles at 13% ABV, designed to be drunk like wine. The company’s awardwinning Heather Mead is a particularly remarkable product, made with honey from hives that are moved up into the Berwyn mountains in North Wales in August when the purple flower comes into bloom. Cooper literally straps around 100 hives on the back of a lorry and takes them up into the mountains. “It’s worth doing because heather honey is the king of honeys,” he says. “It has a unique flavour and texture very rich, opulent and intense with a jelly-like consistency and an interesting bitter flavour. When you ferment it

into mead, the flavour really shines through.” New Quay only makes around 5,000 litres of Heather Mead a year, which is at least a year old when it hits the shelves after several months of fermentation and a series of tasting, assessment and blending steps.

THE LEVEL OF BIODIVERSITY IN THIS PART OF WALES IS REALLY UNIQUE

ew Quay Honey Farm’s bees have an impressive menu of flowers to choose from when they fly about their daily business. Plants such as sycamore, hawthorn, willow, clover and blackberry grow wild in the hedgerows, hills and valleys of Ceredigion in West Wales, where the company’s 500 hives are strategically placed in groups of ten to fifteen. “The level of biodiversity in this part of Wales is really unique,” says the company’s owner Sam Cooper. “A lot of places are completely wild and haven’t ever been

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“Usually when you ferment something you lose a lot of the flavour of the original ingredients – beer doesn’t really taste of barley,” says Cooper. “But heather honey has such a powerful flavour that it really does run through the mead. You can taste the heather.” www.afonmel.com

HOW TO USE IT? The sweetness of the honey means Heather Mead can be treated a bit like a dessert wine or Port. Serve at room temperature and match with spicy blue or pungent washed-rind cheeses.

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SPICY PAPAYA KETCHUP ★ BIM’S KITCHEN www.bimskitchen.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This exotic, fruity ketchup is made with papaya and a hint of chilli . WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Create a flavoursome marinade, add it to stir fries and casseroles, or use it alone as a tasty dip or sandwich filling. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

ORGANIC LONDON DRY SINGLE BOTANICAL JUNIPER GIN ★★★ JIN TALOG www.jintalog.wales WHAT IS IT? A unique, single botanical juniper gin for true aficionados. It’s deeply flavoured and truly Welsh. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply enjoy it neat over ice or add a premium, unflavoured tonic to allow the juniper notes to sing. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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HEATHER MEAD ★★★ AFON MÊL www.afonmel.com WHAT IS IT? Fermented using heather honey, this intensely characteristic mead carries the rich and luxurious, almost smoky, taste of heather. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is best served ambient and partners well with dessert or a cheese board. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Medium Honey Mead ★

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WELSH WHISKY ICE CREAM ★★★ CONTI’S ICE CREAM www.contisicecream.com WHAT IS IT? A rich dairy ice cream, made using the finest ingredients and paired with Penderyn Legend Welsh Whisky. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it solo or partner it with any number of warm desserts for a delicious after-dinner treat. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Traditional Dairy Ice Cream ★★ Pistachio Ice Cream ★★ Coffee Ice Cream ★

SEA SALTED CARAMEL ★ CRWST www.crwst.cymru WHAT IS IT? A smooth salted caramel made from just five ingredients and locally sourced Pembrokeshire sea salt. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Heat it up and pour over ice cream or use in your favourite cake recipes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

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BLACK BOMBER ★ SNOWDONIA CHEESE COMPANY www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An extra mature cheddar known and loved for its immense depth of flavour and smooth creamy texture. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Black Bomber can be enjoyed simply by the chunk or paired with a good quality chutney and cracker accompaniment. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

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GRANDMOTHER, MOTHER, DAUGHTER Three generations of Rachel’s family believed the tastiest dairy could only come from the best nature has to offer.

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BIO-LIVE NATURAL YOGURT WITH HONEY ★ LLAETH Y LLAN CYF

www.villagedairy.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Honey is added to this bio-live natural yogurt made using grass-fed milk from local Red Tractor assured farms. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Naturally high in protein, it’s the perfect addition to your breakfast. It’s also great for baking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Bio-Live Rhubarb Yogurt ★ Natural Bio-Live Yogurt ★

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PIRATE BAY ★★★ COLD BLACK LABEL/BRECON BREWING www.coldblacklabel.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A golden IPA that allows the treasures of Citra and Mosaic hops to shine. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply enjoy it with friends or try it with grilled fish and beans, fried chicken or barbecued kebabs. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): CBL Nutty Ale ★ Brecon Red ★

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GREY TREES INDEPENDENT CRAFT BREWERS www.greytreesbrewery.com WHAT IS IT? A modern, hand-crafted ale with citrus aromas and a subtle bitterness. It is bottle conditioned for natural carbonation. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? For optimum flavour, serve at 12°C and enjoy. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Drummer Boy ★ Mosaic Pale Ale ★

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WALES PEMBROKESHIRE

RASPBERRY SORBET ★★ POINTZ CASTLE ICE CREAM www.pointzcastle.com WHAT IS IT? A creamy gelato-style sorbet, made using whole raspberries to create a true taste of summer. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Refreshing and vibrant, it can be enjoyed either on its own or as an accompaniment to fresh fruit or dessert. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Chocolate Ice Cream ★ Lemon and Mascarpone Ice Cream ★ Christmas Pudding Ice Cream ★

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ESPRESSO BLEND ★★ BLACK MOUNTAIN ROAST www.blackmountainroast.com WHAT IS IT? A small batch, single origin, Arabica coffee, ethically sourced in Brazil and Rwanda and roasted fresh from Wales. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use this gently roasted espresso blend to make yourself the perfect cup of coffee. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | Shortbread House of Edinburgh | Pea Green Boat Cheese Sablés

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Originally developed to replace substandard shop-bought dinner party nibbles, these diminutive cheese biscuits have remained true to their original home recipe as they’ve gone from strength to strength t would take an iron will to eat just one Cheese Sablé. The “incredibly cheesy little biscuits” (as their producer likes to describe them) are extremely moreish, thanks to a unique recipe combining organic Scottish wheat flour, butter, 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano and Scottish Mature Cheddar. “The secret is to not hold back on the cheese,” says Shortbread House of Edinburgh director Rupert Laing. “In fact, getting that much cheese and butter into a biscuit and still keep it looking like a biscuit is quite difficult.” Not surprisingly, Laing is not willing to divulge any technical details of how to shoehorn so much cheese into a tiny snack, but says the recipe has not changed since Hugh and Pam Corbin (who also founded Thursday Cottage jam company) first came up with it in 2010. “Hugh was a bit of a foodie and was disappointed by the cheese biscuits in shops,” says Laing. “He wanted something special he could serve with drinks when people came over for dinner, so spent ages coming up with the

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perfect recipe.” Corbin’s daughter Maddy started making the sablés commercially at her bakery Pea Green Boat in Portobello soon after, but before long they became so successful she couldn’t make them fast enough. Local bakery Shortbread House of Edinburgh started helping

THE SECRET IS TO NOT HOLD BACK ON THE CHEESE with production and now owns the company outright, baking at a new dedicated facility in Leith with plenty of room to grow. “Export is a really big area for us, especially to the US,” explains Laing. “We’ve put a lot of work into extending the shelf life from two to six months with hermetically sealed packaging, so we have big plans.” Original Cheese Sablés won a three-star in Great Taste Awards 2015 and 2018, but this year it was the turn of the fennel & chilliflavoured version to get full marks and take the Golden Fork. “The fennel gives you a slightly cooler flavour and

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then you get the heat of the chilli,” says Laing, who adds that the success shows the Corbin family’s legacy is in safe hands. “100% of the credit goes to those original recipes that are so good,” he says. www.peagreenboat.co.uk

HOW TO USE IT? Cheese Sablés are perfect as an aperitif. The warm spicy notes of the fennel and chilli flavour work well with the aromatic botanicals in a gin and tonic, says Laing, as well as with cold beer or cider.

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VESPERIS HEATHER HONEY VODKA ★ BLACKFORD CRAFT DISTILLERY www.blackfordcraftdistillery.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Award-winning botanical vodka is infused with raw heather honey to create a smooth, subtly sweet spirit with floral notes and a warming finish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Combine ice cubes, lime juice and honey vodka. Top with ginger ale, stir and garnish with a fresh slice of lime. Serve and enjoy! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

DOUBLE DAIRY GOLD ★★★ JAMES RIZZA AND SONS www.rizza.co.uk WHAT IS IT? The perfect vanilla ice cream, handmade with Jersey and Guernsey double cream. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy at any time of the year by simply serving with an accompaniment of seasonal berries. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally

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STIRRUP CUP GIN ★ GIN BOTHY www.ginbothy.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Scottish gin infused with fresh apples, local honey, ginger and the classic hedgerow flower, gorse. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s great neat or over ice. Try serving it with sparkling apple juice or elderflower and a slice of apple to garnish. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Raspberry Infused Liqueur ★

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SCOTTISH & CARIBBEAN SPICED RUM FUSION ★★ REDCASTLE SPIRITS www.redcastlegin.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Aged Jamaican and new-make Scottish rum are blended and flavoured with clove, star anise, ginger, orange and vanilla. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy neat over ice or savour it as a long drink with ginger beer or cola. It’s also excellent in desserts and sauces. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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KILN ROASTED SMOKED TROUT ★★★ CAITHNESS SMOKEHOUSE www.caithness-smokehouse.com WHAT IS IT? This delicate oak-smoked rainbow trout fillet is pin boned and kiln roasted to perfection. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it cold as a canapé or in salads, or gently warm it in the oven to add to a pasta dish. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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HANDMADE CRAFT SMOKED ARTISAN HOT DOG ★ BRIGSTON & CO www.brigston.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An artisan hot dog made from British Farm Assured beef and pork and a secret blend of herbs and spices. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s great barbecued, fried or grilled with traditional or innovative toppings. Try it in hearty pasta sauces and stews. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

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DARK STORM STOUT ★★ FIVE KINGDOMS BREWERY www.fivekingdomsbrewery.com WHAT IS IT? A new take on the classic stout – it’s a little bit lighter yet still smooth, rich and creamy. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s best served at room temperature on a winter’s night or after a hard day’s work. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally

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GHANAIAN SWEET CHILLI SAUCE EXTRA HOT ★ SCHOOLYARD CHILLIES www.schoolyardchillies.com WHAT IS IT? A fiery chilli sauce combining heat and sweetness with a subtle kick. It uses chillies from an anti-child exploitation project in Ghana. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This versatile sauce is perfect with beef and chicken or try it as a dipping sauce. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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DRINKS BISCUITS - LANCASHIRE CHEESE & SPRING ONION ★★ THE DRINKS BAKERY www.thedrinksbakery.com WHAT IS IT? These biscuits, flavoured with real Lancashire cheese and spring onion, have been expertly developed to match a range of drinks. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pair with hoppy IPAs, stouts and pilsners. They also work perfectly with Sauvignon Blanc or Speyside whisky. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond ★ Pecorino, Rosemary & Scottish Seaweed ★ Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts & Basil ★

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ROSEBERRY JAM ★★ THE DUNEDIN TEA COMPANY www.dunedin-tea.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A loose leaf fruit and herbal tea that blends sweet fruit with floral rose petals. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drink hot or cold as an iced tea. Pair it with gin for a summer cocktail. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

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ST ANDREWS FARMHOUSE CHEDDAR ★★★ ST ANDREWS FARMHOUSE CHEESE COMPANY www.standrewscheese.co.uk WHAT IS IT? This rich, buttery and full-flavoured Scottish farmhouse cheddar is made using raw milk and heritage cultures. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s ideal on any cheeseboard or as an ingredient in scones, cheese sauces and soufflés. Pair it with chilli jelly and sweet oatcakes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Anster ★★

ISLE OF LEWIS

CAJUN WATER BISCUITS ★ STAG BAKERIES www.stagbakeries.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Delicately spiced Cajun Water Biscuits made to a traditional recipe. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? An ideal accompaniment for any cheeseboard, the Cajun Water Biscuits are also a great carrier for meats, fish and pâté. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally

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STRICTLY COCO®️ ★★ STRICTLY COCO®

www.strictlycoco.com WHAT IS IT? A raw, wild, coastline coconut oil, produced by a family business that guarantees quality and traceability. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s a great substitute for butter in baking, or try using it to fry seafood. It also has numerous skincare benefits. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online

ORKNEY ISLANDS

INTO THE WILD VODKA ★★ DEERNESS DISTILLERY www.deernessdistillery.com WHAT IS IT? This smooth spirit, the UK’s most Northerly distilled vodka, is produced on the beautiful Orkney Islands. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply serve over ice or pair it with basil tonic, a squeeze of lime and a wedge of lime for the perfect drink! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

JOHNSMAS ★ ORKNEY GIN COMPANY www.orkneygincompany.com WHAT IS IT? A hand-crafted gin made in Orkney using traditional techniques and the finest botanicals. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve in a tall glass filled with ice, add your favourite Indian tonic, and garnish with clementine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

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SCOTLAND OUTER HEBRIDES

STORNOWAY BLACK PUDDING ★★ CHARLES MACLEOD www.charlesmacleod.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A traditional black pudding made to a family recipe. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? An essential part of the traditional breakfast, it is also the perfect accompaniment to scallops, chicken, beef and pork. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Stornoway White Pudding ★ Stornoway Haggis ★

PERTHSHIRE

SALTED PEPPER BERRIES ★★★ BOTREE SEASONING www.botreefarm.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Fresh green Kampot pepper berries, perfectly preserved in Fleur de Sel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Add them to savoury sauces or drop in a G&T to enrich the botanicals. They also add the wow factor to soups and salads. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): BoTree Herb de Kampot ★★

ORANGE,PASSION FRUIT AND THYME MARMALADE ★★★ THYME BY PAUL NEWMAN www.errichel.co.uk WHAT IS IT? Marmalade made with sugar, Seville oranges, passion fruit and thyme. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spread it liberally on toast or swirl it into yoghurt. It’s also delicious baked into cheesecakes and other desserts. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Pistachio Biscotti (Gluten Free) ★★ Picalilli ★

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ORGANIC SALAMI WITH VEAL,STAR ANISE & WHITE WINE ★★ PEELHAM FARM PRODUCE www.peelham.co.uk WHAT IS IT? An organic salami made with ruby veal, free range pork back fat, star anise and a hint of nutmeg, fermented naturally on-farm WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s delicious on its own with a good prosecco. Alternatively, try pairing it with mildly flavoured, soft, fresh cheeses. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Merguez Sausage ★

SOUTH AYRSHIRE

OAK SMOKED SALMON INFUSED WITH SHERRY & SPICES ★★ J.PIERONI & SONS www.pieronis.com WHAT IS IT? This salmon is cured with Himalayan salts, sherry, sugars, and spices, then smoked over whiskey cask shavings. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s best on its own, paired with a fabulous bottle of white wine. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Regionally, Locally, Online

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GOLDEN FORK WINNER | The Ojos Foods/Cecinas Nieto | El Abuelo Maragato Cecina de Leรณn

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WORLD FLAVOURS Pork tends to dominate the charcuterie scene in Spain, but in the region of Castilla y León, it is air-dried beef that is most prized. And Cecinas Nieto makes one of the finest examples of this local delicacy. amón is king in most parts of Spain, but visit the western region of Castilla y León and you’ll find a very different cured meat on the slicing stand. Made with cuts of rear quarter beef, such as silverside, flank, topside and rump, Cecina de León is an oaksmoked, air-dried speciality that is less common in other parts of the country. “It’s not well known outside our region, especially the South of Spain where they are used to buying Iberico, but it has a history stretching back more than 2,000 years,” says Conchi Nieto Martinez, export manager at Cecinas Nieto, a company based in the small town of Astorga, which was founded by her father in 1965 and has been curing beef ever since. “Our area has very special weather to make such a pure product,” she adds. “We have dry, cold winters and hot summers – perfect conditions for air-drying beef.” Cecina de León’s secret is well and truly out now, however, after the company’s El Abuelo Maragato brand,

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which is distributed in the UK by The Ojos Foods, was named Best Imported Food in Great Taste 2019. Judges fell for its intense, smoky flavour and dark cherry complexion, which comes from a unique production process enshrined by a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). This specifies that only beef from cows that are at least 400kg in weight

WE HAVE DRY,COLD WINTERS AND HOT SUMMERS – PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR AIR-DRYING BEEF and five years old can be used. “Young animals just haven’t eaten enough grass or walked around enough,” explains Martinez. “The muscle must be well developed. We want big back legs that have good marbling inside and outside, so we can age them for a long time.” The meat is cured in salt, before being gently smoked over locally-grown oak and then air-dried for 18 months until the texture is silky and the flavour is long and complex. “I’ve been eating it all my life, so it’s difficult to

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put the flavour into words,” says Martinez, who runs the business with her brother José Luis. “It should be sliced thinly so it melts in the mouth and you get a juicy and savoury experience. We only use beef, salt and smoke to make Cecina de León, but it tastes of much more.” www.theojosfoods.com

HOW TO USE IT? Slice thinly and serve at room temperature with a little olive oil and freshly ground pepper. A glass of Tempranillo, such as the local Ribera del Duero, is traditional in Castilla y León.

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SIDR ORGANIC HONEY ★★ AMANA www.amana.uk.com WHAT IS IT? Deep, rich, amber-coloured honey. Great viscosity with strong woody aroma and distinctive taste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? For the digestive benefit of sidr honey, take 1-2 tablespoons daily, or add it to your food. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally, Online

AUSTRALIA

RAWR CHAI ★★ RAWR www.therawrstore.com WHAT IS IT? This premium, honey-free, sticky chai, is completely hand-made using only the freshest ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Create an awesome, flavourpacked chai latte using soy, almond or coconut milk. Or simply drink it as a black tea. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Online

BELGIUM

BALSAMIC GLAZE WITH DATES ★★★ BIOTAMRA www.biotamra.com WHAT IS IT? A certified organic balsamic glaze that is produced from Cretan grapes and sweet Algerian dates. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This glaze glows on ice cream, sparkles on fresh peaches and sings paired with crumbly Cheshire or Lancashire cheese. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Belgian Spread ★★ Organic Balsamic Vinegar with Dates ★ Organic Date Cream ★

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We did it again! 6 Awards in the 2019 Great Taste Awards! 8-year-old balsamic condiment

Nut Panforte

Traditional Nduja

Ricotta and Spinach Fresh Pasta

Ricotta and Truffle Fresh Pasta

Sicilian Vegetable Pasta Sauce

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JEROME ★★ COUP DE CHOCOLAT www.coupdechocolat.be WHAT IS IT? An 85% chocolate made with Arhuacos beans from northern Colombia. Exceptionally mild and fruity for such high cocoa percentage. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Let it melt on your tongue or pair it with high quality wine, beer or tea. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Marcel - 63% with sea salt and cacao nibs ★

BULGARIA

BIO TRUFFLE HONEY ★ MELLIFERA GOURMET HONEY www.mellifera.bg WHAT IS IT? This exquisite blend of golden acacia honey and real truffle slivers is delicate but delivers a woody, earthy flavour with some length. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect with cheese or as a salad topping, but true truffle enthusiasts will spread it on freshly toasted bread. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Bio Matcha Honey ★

DENMARK

HEY YUM! MAGIC FOREST ★ HEY YUM! www.heyyum.com WHAT IS IT? These are “yummilicious” organic and gluten-free fruit gums with a note of honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? HEY YUM! wants to redefine sweets and offer the world an alternative – one that’s organic, un-junked and just better. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): HEY YUM! Sour Flower ★

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WORLD FLAVOURS FRANCE

DELOUIS SAUCE AÏOLI ★★ EMPIRE BESPOKE FOODS

www.empirebespokefoods.com WHAT IS IT? This premium garlic mayonnaise is made with just eight simple high quality ingredients to an authentic French recipe. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use on fresh baguettes, crackers, tapas, potatoes, roasted or raw vegetables, fish and seafood, soups, sandwiches and burgers. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

CHARLES BASSET TUNA IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL ★ EMPIRE BESPOKE FOODS www.empirebespokefoods.com WHAT IS IT? MSC-Certified, pole & line caught, this White Albacore tuna is packed in Spanish extra virgin olive oil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve over salad, inside a wrap or sandwich, with pasta and other warm dishes. Don’t waste the oil, either! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

MARTINE CHESTNUT HONEY ★★ TASTE TRADERS www.tastetraders.com WHAT IS IT? This is an intense tasting honey from the forests of Ajoux in Provence. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s perfect drizzled over roasted figs or poached pears but will also add intense flavour and aroma to all home cooking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Martine Lavender Honey ★

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CHIAN TANGERINE PEEL SPOON SWEET ★★ CITRUS PRODUCTIONS www.citrus-chios.gr WHAT IS IT? A traditional Greek spoon sweet made only with the Chian Tangerine peel. Full of the famous citrus aroma of the Kambos area in Chios. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eat it straight from the jar, serve it with yoghurt and ice cream, or top cakes with it. It’s also perfect with cheese. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Baby Figs with Clove Spoon Sweet ★ Fig & Lemon Loukoumi (Delight) ★ Plum with Almond & Mastiha Oil Fruit Pie ★

ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS STUFFED WITH RICE ★ DELI BLOSSOMS www.deliblossoms.gr WHAT IS IT? An authentic and healthy Greek delicacy, seasoned with hints of mint and other herbs. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve them with Greek yoghurt on the side and, if you like it sour, a few drops of lemon on top. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Rice ★

PEANUT CREAM NUT BAR ★ HOOPS 3 www.hoops3.com WHAT IS IT? A smooth blend of crunchy sunflower seeds, peanuts and bran sticks, combined with a velvety textured peanut cream in this wholesome bar. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoyed it as a balanced but generous brunch snack. This bar’s rich flavour mix bursts through with every bite. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Tahini Nut Bar ★

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I AM ROYALTY SAMEZA VINTAGE COLLECTION PREMIUM BASMATI RICE With its outstanding performance and dramatic health transformations, it’s its no wonder that this MIRACULOUS SUPERFOOD is Revered By The Royal Families

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ROSEMARY BIO ★★★ SPOROS HELLENIC ORGANIC HERBS www.sporos-herbs.com WHAT IS IT? This unique organic herb is cultivated on Sporos’s own farm in Chaeronea, Greece. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Rosemary is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine to flavour roasted and grilled meat dishes, stews and roasted vegetables. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Thyme BIO ★★

PREMIUM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL ★ ORGANICORGANIC www.organicorganic.com WHAT IS IT? The only premium organic extra virgin olive oil certified organic in the USA and EU – in a 100% Biophoton violet glass bottle. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drizzle this rich and fruity oil on salads, enjoy it with bread or even savour the flavour by taking a teaspoonful as a tonic. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online

INDIA

TURMERIC SUPERBLEND- SPICY GINGER ★★ SUGAVIDA www.sugavida.co.uk WHAT IS IT? A fusion of triple strength organic turmeric, black pepper and Palmyra blossom nectar, blended by doctors. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Blend with heated milk to make a traditional Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte), or add to tea, coffee, smoothies or shakes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Regionally, Online

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WORLD FLAVOURS ISRAEL

FIRE GRAIN FREEKEH ★★ FIRE GRAIN www.thefiregrain.com WHAT IS IT? Freekeh is an ancient grain harvested while it is still green and then roasted in open fire. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Cook and use it just like rice or quinoa – as a side dish, in cold salads, as a stuffing, or in risotto. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Locally, Online

ITALY

BABÀRATTOLO AL RUM ★★★ DI CRISTIAN DESSERT

www.dicristiandessert.it WHAT IS IT? This babà is entirely made in the jar, including the cooking process. But it tastes like it was made by your local patisserie. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve the cake with custard, ice cream or whipped cream. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Babàrattolo al Limoncello ★★★ Babàrattolo Rum e Cioccolato ★★★

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SOFT AMARETTI ★★ ARDEN & AMICI www.ardenandamici.com WHAT IS IT? These sweet little soft amaretti are made to a traditional, naturally gluten-free recipe using crushed almonds and apricot kernels. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? You can enjoy these bitesized tastes of Italy on their own or with coffee. Try crumbling over gelato or your favourite dessert. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Almond Cantuccini ★★

PIZZERIA MARGHERITA ★ CROSTA & MOLLICA www.crostamollica.com WHAT IS IT? This margherita pizza is made in Italy with 24-hour slow-proved dough and baked in a wood-fired oven. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Try adding a few freshly torn basil leaves just before serving. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

TARALLINI FENNEL SEED ★★ CROSTA & MOLLICA www.crostamollica.com WHAT IS IT? A savoury snack from Puglia, made with durum wheat, extra virgin olive oil and white wine. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? They’re delicious as a snack, or as part of an aperitivo with a glass of white wine, Prosecco or beer. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

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Gourmet olive oils. Superb delicate taste, fruity with restrained bitterness. ACAIA is kolovi in top form.

Beautifully prepared traditional preserves. Enjoy the flavour and texture of real fruit on Greek yoghurt or ice cream.

If Lesvos be the jewel of the Aegean, the unique Kolovi olive is its secret. Our ACAIA brand brings you the rich aromas and balanced taste of this fruit of the Greek sun in its olive oils and tapenades. Our Hebe and Aeolian Olive brands reflect the same exacting search for quality and tradition.

Best value for money from Kolovi olives.

Choice pitted olives from Greece. A highly versatile way to enjoy the unique Kolovi olive fruit.

For more information please visit our website www.hae-gr.com Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises Ltd. 45 Grigoriou Lambraki Str, Lykovrissi 141 23, Greece Tel: +30 210 429 4268 | Email: info@hae-gr.com


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VEGETABLE & RICOTTA RAVIOLI ★ FIELD FARE www.field-fare.com WHAT IS IT? Frozen artisan Italian ravioli pasta, filled with spinach, borage, artichokes and ricotta. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Once cooked in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, serve with olive oil, grated Parmesan and a garnish of rocket leaves. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally

LA BANDIERA EVOO ★ LA BANDIERA www.labandieraoliveoil.com WHAT IS IT? La Bandiera EVOO is a single-estate, organic, award-winning olive oil from Tuscany. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It complements all dishes but is particularly delicious when drizzled over grilled vegetables or used as a dipping oil. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online

WHITE ROSE BISCUIT ★ LE FUREZZE www.lefurezze.com WHAT IS IT? A little biscuit with a very artisan appearance. The lemon zest and the crunchy almonds will take you to Italy. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Have it with a cup of tea or pair it with a fortified wine. Especially good with a citrus based spirit. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

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MANUKA HONEY ★★ NUTRIZING www.nutrizing.co.uk WHAT IS IT? 100% Pure Manuka Honey from New Zealand. Thick, creamy and yummy, with antibacterial properties. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s wonderful on toast, with breakfast cereal or even just by the spoonful. You can also use it as a natural face mask. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Online

PERU

MORONA DARK 78% ★

AMAZONA CHOCOLATE - PERU www.amazonachocolate.com WHAT IS IT? This is a Peruvian Tree-to-Bar chocolate made using cacao from a single variety of trees that are over 50 years old. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Its creamy mouthfeel and slight bitterness make this ideal for eating, but it can also be used for baking, in cooking and with ice cream. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Gran Pajaten Dark 73% ★

PORTUGAL

LICOR DE ERVA DE ANIS ★★ QUINTA PEDAGÓGICA DOS PRAZERES www.prazeresdaquinta.pt WHAT IS IT? A liqueur made by hand with 100% natural ingredients, including anise and rum from the island of Madeira. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It can be drunk before or after a meal – the fresher, the better. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Locally

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WORLD FLAVOURS RUSSIA

PREMIUM BLACK ORGANIC MATSESTA TEA ★★★ MATSESTA TEA www.matsestatea.ru WHAT IS IT? Hand-harvested in Sochi, Russia, this complex black tea renders a copper-coloured infusion, with a gentle creamy flavour and long smooth aftertaste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pour boiling water into a teapot and discard before brewing. Add a teaspoon of tea for each cup required. Brew with fresh boiling water for 5 minutes. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Premium Green Organic Matsesta Tea ★ Premium Black Classic Matsesta Tea ★ Premium Green Classic Matsesta Tea ★

SLOVENIA

FREEZE-DRIED PINEAPPLE ★★ LPT EU / BRIX

www.brixproducts.com WHAT IS IT? This freeze-dried pineapple is 100% pure fruit. Just the water is removed so it is crispy and retains its colour, flavour and up to 98% of its natural nutrients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The fruit can be rehydrated or eaten dry. Ideal for snacking, muesli, yoghurt, sorbets, smoothies, tea, baking and cooking. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally, Nationally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019):

Freeze-Dried Raspberries ★ Freeze-Dried Sour Cherries Freeze-Dried Blackcurrants ★

TASTE OF LONDON FESTIVE EDITION TOBACCO DOCK

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CATANIES CUDIÉ COFFEE CHOCOLATE ★ BOMBONS CUDIÉ-CATANIES www.bombonscudie.com WHAT IS IT? Marcona almonds enrobed in coffee & dark chocolate praliné, with a final coating of the finest cocoa powder. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy them on their own, with a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne, or as a side dish with desserts. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Internationally

ANCHOVY RESERVA CATALINA ★★★ CONSERVAS CATALINA www.conservascatalina.com WHAT IS IT? Anchovy fillets cured for two years in barrels, with their skins left on. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Remove the can from the fridge half an hour before serving and spray anchovies with olive oil. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Cantabrian Anchovy in olive oil ★★

THE LEVANT

ZAATAR & PINE NUT SAUCE WITH CRISPY ONIONS ★★ TERRA ROSSA www.terra-rossa.com WHAT IS IT? A scrumptious mix of Zaatar thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, topped with pine nuts and crispy onions. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spread it on toast, stir through pasta, use it on pizza bases and top with halloumi. Or combine it with olive oil to make marinades or dips. WHERE CAN I GET IT? Nationally, Regionally, Locally, Online OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2019): Manna from Heaven with Pistachios ★

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Great salmon with a twist

Our Shining Stars We’re over the moon to have won five Great Taste stars altogether this year, underlining our family dedication to great fish and our focus on flavour.

“ Very moreish” Judge’s comment

“ A skilled hand at work” Judge’s comment

“ Sensational” Judge’s comment

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