After much anticipation and a great deal of excitement, the winners in the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2022/23 were fi nally celebrating being named the best of the best in the county!

The competition, now in its fourteenth year, received hundreds of nominations and applications across 15 categories, from a diverse range of ambitious and driven individuals and businesses who make up the fabric of Northamptonshire’s food and drink sector. The Awards are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues, producers and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.

The results were announced at a dazzling Awards Dinner staged at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Wednesday 12th October. The evening began with formal welcomes from Awards Director, Rachel Mallows MBE DL of The Mallows Company, Jo Gordon from Royal & Derngate and Stuart Branch of headline sponsors, Weetabix, before guests then enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal designed by Portfolio Events. Guests were in safe hands as Portfolio made a return to cater for the Awards for a second year, creating a bespoke menu for the special event.

Befi tting a celebration of the excellence of the county’s food and drink sector, the menu included a wealth of Northamptonshire ingredients, including Green Kitchen Preserves Tomato and Chilli Chutney, Whittlebury Bakery white sourdough crisp, Hamm Tun Fine Foods and the Northampton Cheese Company’s cheese, The Food Library’s Spiced Rhubarb Chutney and Mee Farmers’ Blueberry and Lavender Jam. The main course was a Roast Rib of Booker’s Black Gate Signature Beef.

A selection of winners include:

Booker Dining Venue of the Year (sponsored by Booker)

GOLD: Electric Pavillion, Northampton

Hibiscus Fine Dining, Northampton

Restaurant Ember, Wellingborough

The Snooty Fox, Lowick

SILVER: The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton

The Folly Inn, Towcester

Tollemache Arms, Harrington

BRONZE: Tap & Kitchen, Oundle

The Plough Inn, Shutlanger

The Rose & Crown, Yardley Hastings

The awards were generously supported and sponsored by major food and drinks businesses based in the county including headline sponsor, Weetabix. For more details on the competition please visit or call Rachel Mallows or Sophie Smith on 01933 664437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. @weetabixnfadawards using the hashtag #WNFAD 

Weetabix Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2022/23