2019 Taste Awards Shortlist Announced

The food has been tasted, the drinks have been sipped and the entries whittled down the highly anticipated Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards shortlist for 2019.

The Pavilions of Harrogate played host to 3 very full days of judging by a panel of experts who included top chefs, food writers, supermarkets buyers and of course Deliciouslyorkshire favourite BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden, who carefully judged each of the several hundred products in turn.

The awards, which are now in the 16th year have grown to become the largest and most respected food and drink accolades in the region, and this year is no exception with a huge number of entries from a range of both new and iconic Yorkshire brands.

Nigel, who as Head Judge has been involved with the Taste Awards for a number of years said: “We’ve tasted and judged some fantastic products over the last week.  As ever, the standard has been incredibly high and at times it’s been difficult to decide on a single winner for each category.  The entries are a great reflection of the food and drink scene in Yorkshire and it’s a pleasure to return each year to find it thriving.”

As well as Nigel, the panel included local chefs Steph Moon from Rudding Park and Josh Whitehead from the Harewood Food and Drink Project as well as Gilly Robinson from Malton Cookery School and Adrian Boswell from Selfridges in London who made the trip North to sample what the County had to offer.

The winners of this year’s coveted Taste Awards trophies will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Wednesday 6th November where Nigel will host an evening of champagne, local food and celebration.  Tickets are available to buy online at now HERE

And the 2019 shortlisted businesses are:

Best Bakery

Haxby Bakehouse – Pain de Levain Sourdough

Lottie Shaw’s – Savoury Oatmeal Biscuits

Tipple Tails – Plum Pudding

Topping’s Pies – Salmon, Broccoli & Dill Quiche

Best Fresh Produce

Bert’s Barrow – Multi-coloured beetroot

Class One – Vegetable Box   

Herbs Unlimited – Speciality Baby Salad Box

Herbs Unlimited – Yorkshire Wasabi (Dittanda)

Best Fresh Meat

British Premium Sausage Company – Bath Pig Traditional Italian Porchetta

Herb Fed Poultry – Herb Fed Free Range Chicken

Warrendale Wagyu – 8oz Wagyu Chuck Denver

Warrendale Wagyu – 8oz Wagyu Dry Aged Sirloin

Best Prepared Meat

British Premium Sausage Co – Red Wine & Fennel Salami Coins

Geo Middlemiss & Son – Yorkshire Biltong

Lishman’s of Ilkley – Honey Mustard Glazed Ham                        

Lishman’s of Ilkley – Oak Smoked Back Bacon                               

Best Pork Pie

Geo Middlemiss & Son – Pork Pie

J A Mounfield & Son Ltd – 1lb Pork Pie

Topping’s Pies – Traditional Pork Pie

Vale of Mowbray – Piccalilli Pork Pie

Best Fish & Seafood

JCS Fish Ltd – BigFish Traditional Smoked Salmon

JCS Fish Ltd – BigFish Traditional Smoked Sea Trout

Noble’s Shellfish & Curing – Hot Smoked Salmon

Noble’s Shellfish & Curing – Whitby Cold Smoked Scottish Salmon

Best Ready to Eat

Saffron Tree – Achari Murg

Saffron Tree – Vegetable Korma

Yorkshire Pudding Pie Co – Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with Garlic, Chilli & Mozzarella Yorkshire Pudding Pie

Yorkshire Pudding Pie Co – Wagyu Steak, Red Onion & Blue Cheese Yorkshire Pudding Pie

Best Cheese

Sheffield Cheesemasters – Yorkshire Poutine Cheese Curds

Shepherds Purse Cheeses – Buffalo Blue

Shepherds Purse Cheeses – Harrogate Blue 

Wensleydale Creamery – Yorkshire Wensleydale

Best Ice Cream/Dairy

Burtree Puddings – Lemon Posset

Farmer Copleys – Liquorice & Honey Gelato

Ryeburn of Helmsley – Fig & Mascarpone Ice Cream

Yorvale – Yorlife Kefir Ice Cream with Sour Cherry

Yummy Yorkshire – Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Best Beverage

Dark Woods Coffee – Café De Panama La Huella Natural Coffee

Hollin House Farm – Whole Milk

Kinoko – Citrus Hop Kombucha

Source Climate Change Coffee – Organic Biodegradable Single Origin Coffee Capsules – La Sierra Cloud Forest (Mexico)

Yorvale – Yorlife Kefir – Natural

Best Beer/Cider

BAD Co Brewery – Dark Necessities Milk Stout

BAD Co Brewery – Off Tempo 03_19 Tropical IPA

Pennine Brewery – Celtic Hill Porter

Treboom Brewery – Orion’s Belt Oatmeal Stout

Best Spirit

Harrogate Tipple – Downton Gin

Masons Yorkshire Gin – Original

Whitby Gin – Original

York Gin – York Gin (London Dry)

Best Flavoured Spirit/Liqueur

Hotham’s Gin School & Distillery – Cardamom Gin

Isaac Poad Brewing – Damson & Gin

Masons Yorkshire Gin – Lavender

Sloemotion – Hedgerow Botanical Vodka

Best Savoury Condiment

Charlie & Ivy- Garlic, Oregano & Balsamic Bread Dipper

Rosalind’s Larder – Piccalilli

The Chilli Jam Man – Scotch Bonnet Chilli Jam

Wharfe Valley Farms – Smoked Garlic Sugar Free Mayonnaise

Best Sweet Preserve    

Bert’s Barrow – Strawberry Jam

Bessie’s Yorkshire Preserves – Grapefruit & York Gin Marmalade

Rosalind’s Larder – Blackberry, Rhubarb & Liquorice Jam

Tickle Your Tastebuds – Granny’s Gooseberry Jam            

Best Confectionery

Bear & Mouse Chocolate – Mini Bite Gift Box             

Crofts Chocolates – Scarborough Salted Caramel Chocolates

The Chilli Jam Man – Balls of Steel Roulette Set

Por Favour – Fudge

Best Free From

Geo Middlemiss & Son – Gluten Free Sausage Roll

Sugar Therapy – Undeniably Charlotte  Gluten Free Chocolate & Raspberry Bombe

The Chilli Jam Man – Simmering Smoky Chilli Jam

Wold Top Brewery – Scarborough Fair IPA

Best Yorkshire Breakfast

Cambridge House, Reeth

Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey Estate

Newton House, Knaresborough

The Barn, Monk Fryston

Best Afternoon Tea

Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey Estate

Farmer Copleys, Pontefract

Fodder, Harrogate

Spirit of Yorkshire, Hunmanby

Best Use of Local Produce on a Menu

Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Pickering

Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey Estate

Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax

Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

Best Wholesaler

Class One

Coffee Care

Cryer & Stott


Best Independent Retailer

Cedarbarn Farm Shop

Minskip Farm Shop

Rafi’s Spicebox,

York Gin Shop

Best New Business

Hotham’s Gin School & Distillery

Saffron Tree

Storehouse Bar & Eatery

The Pig Inn, Country Inn & Events Centre