Exmouth shellfish company scoops top award

PUBLISHED: 14:04 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth company specialising in shellfish has won a prestigious title for its products at a regional food and drinks ceremony.

AN Exmouth company specialising in shellfish has won a prestigious title for its products at a regional food and drinks ceremony.

Exmouth Mussels Ltd has won best entrepreneur/product of the year at the Devon Life food and drinks awards.

Exmouth Mussels recently scooped four gold medals at the 2008 Taste of the West awards for the quality of its shellfish.

Owners Myles and Lisa Blood Smyth, and their band of employees, regularly see their shellfish delivered to some of the most prestigious tables in the UK.

After receiving the latest gong, Myles Blood Smyth said: "We would like to thank Devon Life readers for taking the time and trouble to vote for us.

"We are delighted that they are so appreciative of our efforts to develop technology that is sympathetic to the estuary and its diverse eco-systems.

"Farmers everywhere are custodians of their environment and take their responsibilities very seriously.

"Our specialist harvesting and re-laying techniques have a positive effect on the habitats in which we work and it is a pleasure to be able to make a sustainable living while leaving a positive legacy."

Also recognised at the award ceremony was Topsham's Darts Farm, the town's Olivia restaurant, Gerald David and family butchers and the Georgian Tea Room.

Otterton Mill narrowly missed out on an award after making it to the finalist of baker of the year.

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