Womersley’s Blackcurrant & Rosemary Jam
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…
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
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
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
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.
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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