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Big hitters – local stars in the Great Taste Awards

Award-winning local food and drink, you say? Hot off the press, the latest Great Taste Award winners have just been crowned. Take a look at the line-up of Warks & West Mids producers

Buckle up for Warwickshire and the West Midland’s gastronomic greats. The Great Taste Awards has dished out its stars to the UK’s best food and drink producers and our patch has 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.

The three star winners in Warwickshire go to Vinegar Tips in Wootton Wawen for its Sweet Plum Vinegar and Prices Spices in Budbrooke for its India Jaywala (that’s Pineapple and Dorset Naga Chilli Chutney to you and me). Vinegar Tips also scooped two stars for its Sweet Raspberry Vinegar and Sweet Damson Vinegar, while Prices Spices also received two stars for its Chipotle Coppa dry cured pork shoulder.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in to the rest…


Vinegar Tips (Wootton Wawen) – Sweet Plum Vinegar
Prices Spices (Budbrooke) – India Joywala


Monsoon Estates Coffee Co (Stratford-upon-Avon) – Colombian Juanambu, Ethiopian Sidamo Nigussie, Ethiopian Koke Anaerobic, Ethiopian Dumerso
Craig Finch (Harborne) – Pork and Leek Sausage
Vinegar Tips (Wootton Wawen) – Sweet Raspberry Vinegar, Sweet Damson Vinegar
Prices Spices (Budbrooke) – Chipotle Coppa
Little Sutton Biltong Company (Sutton Coldfield) – Spicy BBQ Biltong
Oakes Farm Shop (Balsall Common) – Handmade, handraised pork pie.
Arden Forest Honey (Studley) – Meadowfoam Honey
S.A Beef (Rugby) – Traditional Biltong
Napton Cidery (Southam) – Lost Apple Cider


Monsoon Estates Coffee Co (Stratford-upon-Avon) – Papua New Guinea Sigri
Napton Cidery (Southam) – Recipe No.4, Recipe No. 5
Revolver Co-operative Limited (Wolverhampton)- Copacabana Blend Coffee Bags, Swiss Water Decaffinated Nespresso Compatible Capsules, Blue Mountain Blend Nespresso Compatible Capsules
Aston Manor Cider (Birmingham) – Friels First Press Vintage Cider
Blue Basil Ltd (Warwick) – Chunky Chocolate Brownie, Caramelised Apple & Fig Flapjack, Supermood Flapjack
Oakes Farm Shop (Balsall Common) – Homemade Plain Sausage Roll, Free Range Thick Pork Breakfast Sausage
Auntie’s Sauces Ltd (Coventry) – Auntie’s Lemon, Ginger & Chilli Pickle
Arden Forest Honey (Studley) – Set Honey
Joey Koala Ltd (Birmingham) – Cinnamon Bun Caramel Popcorn, Spiced Ginger Caramel Popcorn
Primal Jerky (Moseley) – Primal Jerky Original
Beanu Cacao (Birmingham) – Madagascar 71% Dark Chocolate
Little Sutton Biltong Company (Sutton Coldfield) – Jamaican Jerk Biltong, Teriyaki Biltong
Cafe Cannoli Ltd (Redditch) – Sicilian Almond cannoli
AJ’s Classic Cakes (Balsall Common) – Chocolate Muffin (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Hemp Whole Foods (Warwick) – Hemp Seed Oil
Maters & Co (Birmingham) – Blackberry Honey
Pip’s Hot Sauce (Birmingham) – Bloody Mary
Pink Salt Shed (Long Compton) – Vegan Basil Pesto
Cucina Bindaas (Warwick) – Levantish Harissa
Maypole Butchers (Bidford-on-Avon) – The Irish Pudding, The Faggots
Mergulo (Kineton) – Mergulo Original, Mergulo Garlic and Herb
Epicuriosity Ltd (Birmingham) – Chilli Mint Tingler, Pineapple Jerk, Marvellous Mango
Claudia’s Kitchen (Birmingham) – Claudias Kitchen Seriously Nice Jerk & Sweet Chilli
Festen (Birmingham) – Festen Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pie

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