Below is the nomination criteria for the 2016 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards. Click on ‘More information’ to find further details of each category.

Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year

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NEW for 2016- This category enables our numerous hotel restaurants to stand out from the

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Newcomer of the Year

This category is open to anyone in the food or drink business who has started a new venture within the last 18 months.

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Butcher of the Year

This category is here for one reason and that is to praise our numerous local butchers and everything they contribute to the local food scene.

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Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

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

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Best Bakery/Patisserie

Vote for your favourite local bakery or patisserie in this category. We need to hear about why you believe your favourite deserves this accolade.

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Best Independent Food Shop

The key to a good food shop is not only the range of produce and the layout, but also the principles that it supports.

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Food Product of the Year

Today’s Hampshire food culture is a really competitive one with consumers demanding top quality products. This category gives you a chance to nominate a food product that stands out above the rest.


Drinks Product of the Year

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This is your chance to nominate your favourite drinks product made in Hampshire. Let us know what sets this drink aside from all others.

Best Local Supplier/Producer

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This category aims to celebrate our local suppliers and producers that play such a vital role in the food community.

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Best Hampshire Sunday Roast

A fabulous roast dinner is a British institution, but we’re looking for the best in Hampshire.

Best Hampshire Menu

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We want to hear about the finest menus that Hampshire has to offer. We’re looking for menus full of local producers, commending those suppliers that contribute to making it such a delicious and award-winning menu.

Pub of the Year

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

Restaurant of the Year

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

Chef of the Year

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Hampshire is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of restaurants we have here. The Chef of the Year will be someone who has devoted him or herself to the cause of serving the best possible food.

Customer Service Award

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This award is designed to praise a local food and drink industry related business for their excellent awareness of their customers’ needs.

2016 Hampshire Food Hero

Sponsored by Shorefield Holidays

Hampshire has a food 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 community.