A number of venues in Stokesley and Great Ayton have been nominated in this year’s The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards.
The awards event, which is the ninth of its kind, is set to take place at Solberge Hall near Northallerton on Monday, May 9. A panel of judges will be tasting and testing the nominee’s products before they make a decision on the winners of each category, which include the likes of pub food of the year and restaurant of the year.
The event is set to be hosted by BBC Radio York presenter Elly Fiorentini and will see venues battle it out across 12 different categories. The award aims to celebrate the best food and drink throughout Herriot county, and venues in Great Ayton and Stokesley are nominated in four different categories this year.
Here are the nominated venues.
The Green Apple Café & Bistro, Stokesley
This Stokesley café and bistro is nominated for two awards this year, including the breakfast of the year award and the customer service team of the year award. The venue is known for its fully plant-based menu, where it serves a variety of food including burgers, sausage patties, and seitan.
It’s also got a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor and is popular with locals and visitors to the area.
The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club & Catering Ltd, Great Ayton
This club is nominated for the baked product of the year award, as well as the customer service team of the year award.
The venue, which uses sustainable, local meat and vegetables, has a wide range of offerings from cake and scone selections to lunchtime bites and meat platter boards. They offer a number of baked goods, including cinnamon buns and corned beef slices.
The Dessert Pod, Stokesley
The Dessert Pod, a Stokesley business owned by two friends, is also nominated for the baked product of the year award.
This dessert parlour, which is located just off of Stokesley High Street, sells a large range of homemade sweet treats, including fudges, cookies, and slushes. They also sell cheesecakes, cookie pies, and rocky roads.
Bexters Tea Room, Stokesley
This family-run tea room has been open since 2013 and offers a variety of brews, light lunches, or even afternoon tea. The Stokesley business is nominated for afternoon tea of the year.
Owners Neil and Jayne provide specialty coffee, freshly roasted in Yorkshire, alongside a number of traybakes and sweet treats made by Linda, who’s been a baker for the team room since 2013.
You can book tickets for the event now.
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