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Congratulations to the winners of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival Awards 2016

There has been a frenzy of tasting, testing, sampling and digesting as the bon viveurs of St Albans and Harpenden were tasked with finding the winners of this year’s prestigious Food & Drink Festival.

Sponsored for a second time by SA Law, the competition showcases and celebrates the rich diversity of fabulous food and wonderful drink available in the district and rewards and applauds those businesses that excel in terms of quality produce, outstanding customer service and overall conviviality.

Nominees in this year’s competition did not disappoint – in time honoured fashion, the cream rose to the top.

SA Law proudly offers hearty congratulations to these culinary kings and queens, winners in no less than 10 mouth-watering categories, from best local restaurant and best pub, to best foodie market stall and outstanding customer service.

Each was honoured during a gala evening at Sopwell House Hotel on Monday, October 3 – each is worthy of a visit in the very near future. Once tried, you will be tempted back time and time again.

The winners were:

Hedges Farm for best local producer

Buongiorno Italia for Best independent food/drink shop

George Street Canteen won Most family friendly venue

Godfrey’s Fish & Chips won best takeaway

The Cheese Wheeler won best market stall

Bakehouse won best café

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks won best pub

Dylan’s The Kings Arms won Best Bar

Tabure won best newcomer

Samera Butt from the Six Bells won the Kate D’Arcy award for customer service

Dylan’s The Kings Arms won Best restaurant

Chris Evans, owner of Hatch & co-owner of Panko won Food & Drink Champion