Topsham producers and shops win Devon Life awards

PUBLISHED: 14:20 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

TOPSHAM has come out top in the regional food and drinks awards scooping six wining prizes.

TOPSHAM has come out top in the regional food and drinks awards scooping six wining prizes.

The Devon Life Food and Drinks awards showcase local producers and growers with the winners solely voted by the magazine's readers and customers.

The Mediterranean restaurant Oliva, on Fore Street, won two prestigious trophies achieving the dual-honour of top Devon restaurant and Tim Golder won top Devon chef.

Mr Golder said: "It feels fantastic to have won the second year running we are going to be running some specials to celebrate our success."

The Georgia Tea Room, on High Street, won best tearoom with their award-winning cream teas and classic English atmosphere.

Traditional Westcountry butcher Gerald David and family won best butcher and meat producer in Devon.

Customers were asked to quiz the butcher, who won the award for the third time, on traceability and knowledge of hanging and cooking the meats.

Fisherman David Kerley owner of the Fish Shed won best fishmonger, both based at Darts Farm.

Darts Farm Shopping Village, based in Topsham, also won best independent food shop and were a finalist for best organic trader of the year.

Mike Dart said: "We are fortunate to live in a region that is rich in fine local produce, these awards recognise and celebrate that.

"It's important that we all continue to support all the wonderful small businesses - they are the life blood of the South West.

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