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Buckle up for Bucks & Oxon’s gastronomic greats. The Great Taste Awards has dished out its stars to the UK’s best food and drink producers and our brilliant local indies have done us proud.

Run by The Guild of Fine Foods, a panel of judges (all wearing their roomiest pants) scoff and quaff their way through hundreds of thousands of entries. Each one is blind tasted by chefs, cooks, buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, food critics and writers who are looking a party of flavours, texture and aroma. Not fancy packaging. They then award the few one, two or three stars.

So what do the stars mean? Three stars = exquisite. Extraordinarily tasty foods that you won’t want to leave the shop without buying. Two stars = outstanding. Above and beyond delicious. One star = Simply delicious. A food that delivers fantastic flavour.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in…

THREE STARS  

TOAD Oxford Rye Vodka

Dorabella (Oxfordshire)- Sourdough Chocolate Orange cake

The Oxford Artisan Distillery (Oxford)- Oxford Rye Vodka

Team Tea (Oxfordshire)- Moroccan Mint Organic

Vaeleo Foods UK (Wallingford)- Buckwud Organic Intense Maple Syrup

3 Oaks Orchard (Henley)- Pure apple juice

Pavilion Foods Ltd (Henley)- Pavilion Signature Gin – Classic Dry

TWO STARS  

The Nettlebed Creamery’s Bix

Delicioso UK Ltd (Wallingford).- Delicioso Tortas de Aceite Sugared Olive Oil Biscuits from Seville

Dorabella– Seville Marmalade

Nettlebed Creamery (Henley)- Bix, Witheridge in Hay

Emma’s EwesfulAcres (Abingdon)- 100% Grass Fed Leg of Lamb

The Oxford Artisan Distillery. (Oxford)- Oxford Rye Whisky The Graduate

Team Tea (Oxfordshire)- Rooibos Organic

The Sky Wave Distilling Company t/a Sky Wave Gin (Bicester)- Sky Wave Signature London Dry Gin

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Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross

Valeo Foods UK (Wallingford)- Rowse Heather Max – British Heather Honey

Pronto Cocktails (Watlington)- Pronto Cocktails Espresso Martini

Tangram Tree Cakery (Abingdon)- Salted Caramel Basque Cloud Cake

Pavilion Foods Ltd (Henley)- Pavilion Classic Fish Pie

The Henley Distillery (Henley)- Henley Gin – Classic Dry

Doyleys Farm Ltd (Stadhampton) – Slow Grown Free Range Chicken

R H Amar & Co Ltd (High Wycombe) – Mazzetti Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO Extravecchio – Aged 25 Years, Mazzetti White Condiment, Mutti Passata Gastronomia – Baby Plum.

Rubis Wine (Bucks)- Jayish (London) Ltd (High Wycombe)- Rubis Chocolate Stout

Two Spoons Tea Ltd (Chesham)- Two Spoons Green Tea

ONE STAR

Cotswold Fudge Company’s Butterscotch Fudge

Delicioso UK Ltd (Wallingford)- Can Bech Rose Petal Jelly, Can Bech Confit Figs, Paul & Pippa ‘Lady Carrot Cake’ Vegan Biscuits, Paul & Pippa ‘Me and Ma’ Apple & Cinnamon Vegan Biscuits, Torre de Nunez Serrano Reserva Ham Slices, Torre de Nunez Serrano Chorizo Slices, Delicioso Tortas de Almendras Olive Oil Biscuits from Seville, Delicioso Salsa Brava: Smoked Tomato and Pepper Salsa.

Cotswold Fudge Company (Kingham)- Butterscotch Fudge, Vegan Seasalt Fudge

Tutu Delicious Chocolates (Watlington)- Milk Chocolate Peanut Bar, Passion Fruit and Ginger Chocolate.

Nettlebed Creamery (Henley)- Highmoor

Kind to Bee– Raw Honey with bee Propolis, Cut Comb in Raw Honey, Bee Pollen

Wonky Food Company (Woodstock)- Zesty Lime Relish

SaltPig Curing Company (Cotswolds)- Smoked Streaky Bacon, Cotswold Chorizo Stix.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery. (Oxford)- Oxford Rye

Emma’s EwesfulAcres (Abingdon)- 28 day hung 100% Grass Fed Beef Rump Steak

Team Tea – Ruby 18, Peregrine Mountain 1st Flush, Digestive Boost, Genmaicha ‘Popcorn’ Organic Green, Orange Blossom Oolong.

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The Sky Wave Distilling Company t/a Sky Wave Gin (Bicester)- Sky Wave Orange and Madagascan Vanilla Gin

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars Ltd. (Chipping Norton)- Raspberry & Apache Chilli Vinegar, Blackcurrant & Rosemary Jam.

Waterperry Farm Shop (Waterperry) – Beef & Ale Pie

R H Amar & Co Ltd (High Wycombe) – Mutti Passata with Basil, Mutti Organic Chopped Tomatoes, Mutti Organic Passata, Kuhne Whole Pickled Gherkins, Kuhne – Gourmet Selection Cornichons – Chilli, Kuhne Sliced Gherkins for Burgers.

Ozi Lala (Bucks) – Honey Harissa

We Made ltd (Bucks)- Zesty Lemon

Haynes Gourmet (Marlow) – Haynes Gourmet Candied Jalapenos, Haynes Gourmet – Candied Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

Starveall Turkeys (Upton) – Starveall Exceptional Christmas Goose

Claire’s Amazeballs (Marlow)- Claire’s Amazeballs A Taste of Christmas, Claire’s Amazeballs Hot Cross Balls, Claire’s Amazeballs Cranberry Brazil.

Nunc Living (Buckingham)- Chilli Cha Cha, Mango Buzz.

Honey Tradition Limited (Milton Keynes)- Honeydew honey, Acacia honey, Linden honey, Dark chocolate infused with spices, Bee pollen & honey with a sprinkling of bee pollen

Holy Cow Home Ltd (Aylesbury)- Chic Lady Grey

Ghee appètit Ltd (Mursley)- Original Cultured Ghee, Roasted Garlic Ghee, Turmeric Ghee

Two Spoons Tea Ltd (Chesham) – Two Spoons Bucks Blend

PhomoUK (Bucks)- Phomo Chilli Oil

Neville Boshoff t/a Bossie’s Biltong (Marlow) – Beer’s Best Buddy – Black Pepper Biltong, Scorpion Chilli Biltong.

Flying Fish Foods (Bucks)- Evening Zephyr, Intrepid Cannoneer

Grandma’s Hot Sauce (Bucks)- Grandma’s Hot Maple Syrup

Tea in the Moment Ltd (Bucks)- Chai Cacao

For the full list of Great Taste winners click here.

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