Food firms win Select awards

Peter Thompson and Shelly Goodley from Manor Farm Shop with their People's Choice award.
Peter Thompson and Shelly Goodley from Manor Farm Shop with their People's Choice award.

A family-run farm shop in Swineshead is among three Boston area businesses to scoop a top food award.

Manor Farm Shop won the People’s Choice top prize at the Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards – with just 20 votes between the three finalists.

Last year’s winners, Boston Sausage, came second in the category after taking home the top prize three years in a row.

But it was triumphant in the Wholesaler of the Year category – and was also highly-commended in the Retailer of the Year award for its popular bangers and produce.

Elm Farm Cottages, in Hubberts Bridge, won the Self-caterer of the Year award. Guests booking to stay for a week here are given a Tastes of Lincolnshire welcome hamper – which includes seasonal vegetables grown on the farm.

Votes in the People’s Choice category increased by 25 per cent this year, with some 2,000 votes cast.

Manor Farm Shop is run by three generations of the Moses/Thompson family, who set up their first shop 25 years ago at the side of their farm.

In 2013, they opened their second farm shop, in a modern timber building on the side of the main A17.

A thrilled Angela Thompson said: “Receiving the People’s Choice award means a great deal to the family and staff. My husband Peter was actually shaking when the award was announced as we did not expect to win.

“The award shows all our hard work has been appreciated by our many customers. Manor Farm Shop has continually evolved since opening in 2012 and we continually change stock lines to give customers a new product to try.

“We shortly expect to unveil exciting plans for our sister shop, the Ivy Farm Shop.”

Last year, the shop won a Best Small Farm Shop award from the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association.

Thanking all who voted, farm manager Roy Hilton said: “Whenever possible, we use products from Lincolnshire – fruit, veg, meat, fish, pastries, ice-cream and even beer.”