Three Boston businesses have been awarded at the Select Lincolnshire For Food and Drink awards.
Mountains Boston Sausage, Strawberry Fields and Boston butcher Eric Phipps scooped top prizes at the annual awards, which recognise and reward the people and businesses behind the county’s billion pound food and farming industry.
Strawberry Fields won Grower of the Year, while Eric Phipps was honoured with the Mr George Award – in recognition for his outstanding and continuing support for local food in Lincolnshire.
Mountains Boston Sausage won The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Lincolnshire Co-operative, by receiving the most number of public votes.
Other Boston businesses that received highly commended recognition included Handson’s Butchers for Producer of the Year, and Manor Farm Shop for Retailer/Wholesaler of the Year.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Boston, received highly-commended for Pub of the Year. The Ball House received highly commended for Restaurant of the Year – and Elms Farm Cottages received highly commended for Self-Catering Establishment of the Year, as well as Caterer and Function Venue of the Year.
Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “My congratulations go to all the winners at this year’s Select Lincolnshire Awards. We think Lincolnshire’s food and drink is worth shouting about, and these awards are an important way of celebrating the best the county has to offer. And we’ll continue to do all we can to spread the message far and wide, strengthening our reputation as one of the UK’s top food spots.”
Gillian Richardson, business development manager for Select Lincolnshire for Food, added: “A special congratulations goes to Eric Phipps, who has been a passionate ambassador for local Lincolnshire produce for over 10 years now, since Taste of Lincolnshire was set up.”
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. The awards were sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative, Roythornes Solicitors and Lincolnshire Showground.