Food offering of town recognised

Farndon Fields Farm Shop has been shortlisted in an independent retailer award
Farndon Fields Farm Shop has been shortlisted in an independent retailer award

Two Harborough businesses were shortlisted in the finals of the first ever Great Food Club Awards.

The awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the very best independent food and drink retailers and producers in the midlands.

The Garage Bakehouse and Farndon Fields Farm Shop, both of Harborough, were shortlisted in the finals.

The Bakehouse was set up about a year ago while Farndon Fields Farm Shop was set up more than three decades ago in the early 1980s by farmer Kevin Stokes.

Meanwhile, the Leicestershire and Rutland champions were Hambleton Bakery of Exton in Rutland,The Olive Branch of Clipsham in Rutland and Thrussington’s Village Store.

The winners were selected from a shortlist of 54 businesses after a judging process by Great Food Club’s eight-strong writing team, who are based across the East and West Midlands.

The shortlist was created after a public vote held between March and June this year attracted about 1,750 nominations, with the most popular vote-winners making it through to the judging process.

People’s Choice Awards were also given to food businesses that received the highest total number of votes in the three categories of Shop, Pub or Restaurant and Producer.

The Melton Mowbray-based Great Food Club is an online food and drink guide magazine that celebrates food and drink independents in the Midlands.

It has more than 6,500 members and a growing recommended network of more than 200 local businesses, from breweries to street-food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants.