Businesses from the Louth and Mablethorpe area scooped top prizes at last night’s Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality awards 2015.
The annual awards, run by Select Lincolnshire, recognise and reward the people and businesses behind Lincolnshire’s billion pound food and farming industry.
The winners collected their certificates at a ceremony held at The White Heather in Caenby Corner on Tuesday evening (February 4).
Pocklington’s Bakery in Withern won ‘Wholesaler of the Year’, while Seacroft Holiday Estate’s bar in Trusthorpe won ‘Pub of the Year’.
West View B&B Cottages, in South Cockerington, was awarded a ‘highly commended’ certificate in the ‘B&B of the Year’ category, .
Chris Pocklington, owner at Pocklington’s Bakery, said: “We are delighted to have won the award against some very good opposition. To be recognised again by Select Lincolnshire is fantastic.
“It’s great testament to the people who work in every part of our business: bakers, drivers, office and shop staff.”
His daughter, Hollie Pocklington, received the award on behalf of the bakery on the night.
Hollie said: “It makes me incredibly proud to be the next generation of a successful Lincolnshire business that my family has worked so hard to become over the last 90 years.”
Meanwhile, Steve Atherton - who runs the bar at Seacroft Holiday Estate - emphasised the fact that every in his team is deserving of the award, including those who were not able to attend the awards ceremony.
Mr Atherton said: “We are delighted to have received the Select Lincolnshire Award. We have been involved with both Taste of Lincolnshire and Select Lincolnshire for some time. It is a great initiative promoting food and drink from the county.
“We always try to buy locally and support the food and drink suppliers from our area. This means good quality fresh produce which our customers really appreciate. All the staff are involved with the scheme and have good product knowledge, which was one of the qualities that was mentioned in the award.
“It shows just what a great team effort we have had to win the award in what I understand was a very competitive category.”
Lincolnshire County Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “We’ve had some fantastic winners this year, proving yet again that Lincolnshire’s food and drink is some of the best in the world.
“My congratulations go to the winners, and Select Lincolnshire will continue to do all it can to spread the word about all the county has to offer.”
Gillian Richardson, Business Development Manager for Select Lincolnshire for Food, added: “I would like to congratulate all the winning and highly commended businesses. There is no doubt that what we have in Lincolnshire is among the very best in the UK’s food and farming industry, and it continues to grow from strength to strength every year.
“Winning such a prestigious county award is a great achievement. I would like to thank all the businesses for the valued contribution they make to Lincolnshire’s renowned food, drink and hospitality industry”.