By MICHAEL LANE
Town Mill Cheesemonger in Lyme Regis has been named the best speciality retailer in the West, while Devon’s Darts Farm took the gong for best farm shop at the inaugural South West Flavour Awards, run by regional food group Taste of the West.
The winners were announced at the annual Taste of the West awards ceremony, held at The Eden Project yesterday, where Town Mill’s Merry Turnbull and Justin Tunstall (pictured centre and right) collected their award from Western Morning News editor Bill Martin.
Darts Farm (FFD’s Deli of the Month in October) was up against a number of competitors for the title of best farm shop including Washingpool Farm Shop in Bridport, Lifton Farm Shop on the Devon-Cornwall border, Plymouth’s Moostone Meats Farm Shop and Newton Farm Foods in Bath.
Meanwhile, The Conservatory at the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, headed by chef and Great Taste Awards adjudicator Brett Sutton, was named best restaurant.
A number of businesses were up for these titles after Taste of the West handed out bronze, silver and gold awards at the end of September.
Taste of the West set up the scheme, which runs alongside its product awards, to recognise the region’s retail and hospitality sectors.