Our Categories

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards nomination criteria. Click on ‘More information’ to find further details of each category.

Family Dining Award

Judges of this category will be looking for a restaurant, café or pub which really

Food and Drink Hero

Sponsored by N. Notaro Homes Ltd

This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the food community

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Burns the Bread

This award is designed to praise a local food or drink business for their excellent awareness of their customers’ needs

Best Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Strongvox

NEW for 2016- This category is open to anyone in the food or drink business

Best Tearoom/Coffee Shop of the Year

We recognise that tea and coffee shops are an integral part of the Somerset food and drink scene and we’d like to know your favourites.

Best Producer

Sponsored by Porter Dodson

Somerset has a food and drink scene which is more vibrant than many others across the UK. This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the food and drink community.

Best Independent Retailer of the Year

Vote for your favourite local food shop in this category. We need to hear about your favourite deli, baker or food retailer who you think deserves this accolade.

Best Product of the Year

Today’s food culture is a really competitive one with consumers demanding top quality products. This category gives you a chance to nominate a food product made by a Somerset farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer.

Best Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Thatchers

Somerset is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of restaurants we have here. The winner of this category should be someone who has devoted him or herself to the cause of serving the best possible food.

Best Pub of the Year

Combining country pubs and dining pubs, the whole eating out experience needs to be taken into account in this category.

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Best Restaurant

Sponsored by Howards Motor Group

This category is one of our most coveted awards; the fine dining restaurant needs to offer an incomparable dining experience, everything from the ambience to the service and most importantly the food.

Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Westchem

This category enables our numerous hotel restaurants to stand out from the crowd. We are looking for venues that offer a sublime dining experience with fantastic food, drink and superb service.