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Collecting the tourism gold award

What’s in an award?

As a small independent business we’ve been incredibly flattered by the number of awards we’ve
collected since opening back in 2016.

Early on, our Farm Shop and the original café won several Taste of the West gold and silver awards
and we were one of their semi-finalists in 2018/19.

 Taste of the South West Silver Winner  

Not long after we opened the Field Kitchen in 2022, we were blown away to win a gold at the Devon
Tourism Awards, swiftly followed by a silver at the South West Tourism Awards. What a way to start!

2022-23 GOLD Devon Tourism Awards

Beth and Andrea were in the top three finalists in the Women in Food and Drink category at the
Westcountry Women Awards. Our fabulous Flaming Barrel Gin won a gold at the Food Drink Devon
Awards, and we were finalists in both the Exeter Living Awards and the Countryside Alliance Awards.

So what’s in an award?

There are awards and there are awards. Some are what are known as vanity awards which are
bestowed rather than won. For others you really do have to earn your stripes! We think in general in
the food and drink sector, the awards are very genuine. For some we have to fill out detailed
nomination forms, while food and drink products (such as our gin) are tasted and judged. There are
occasional awards where you have to request customers to vote for you, and others where
customers actually nominate you.

There are several awards when an establishment is visited and judged by independent judges. You
never know when they’re coming, so you can’t cheat and be overprepared! So you just have to make
sure you do your best, every day. So we were thrilled when the Field Kitchen recently won gold with
Taste of the West. It put a big smile on our faces.

An award doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll get an amazing meal or fantastic product, but it does
give you some measure of quality and the pride someone has in their business – after all, we really
have to believe we’re getting it right to feel we might deserve an award.

Our little part of the world if filled with award winners, including Devon Eco Boutique, Mazzard Farm
Cottages, Christopher Piper Wines and The Pig at Combe. We’re proud to be amongst them.

  gold taste of the South west

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