Food Magazine Reader Awards 2018

This year Frobishers was delighted to again sponsor a category – the Best Café category – with nominees epitomising the icing on the cake in terms of the best places to nip out for a quick bite to eat!

Held at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall on February 5th, guests on the night were also treated to a stunning Italian menu with drinks served from ourselves and other sponsors, including Sharp’s Brewery and Enotria & Coe.

Marketing Manager, Jessica Waller attended the event and presented the Best Café category award to the owners of the Gylly Beach Café in Falmouth, Simon and Viv Daw, along with their staff. The venue was commended for its innovative family run ethos and a menu that centres on offering locally sourced food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Close runners-up in the Best Café category included Block in Barnstaple and Society Cafe in Bath.

Commenting on the evening, Jessica says;

“These awards are always such a major event in the South West’s foodie calendar, gaining huge interest from both Food Magazine readers and the industry as a whole. An amazing 20,000 votes were received this year, demonstrating that good food really does matter to the people who live, work and play in our area. Frobishers is immensely proud of its South West heritage and connections, you’ll find us lining the fridges and shelves of many pubs, restaurants, hotels and cafes in the region. Thanks again to Food Magazine for championing our great food and drink heroes and for allowing us to be part of these gastronomic celebrations.”

For a full list of all the winners in the Food Magazine Reader Awards please see below:

Best Chef – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner: Michael Caines – Lympstone Manor

Grand finalists: Steve Pidgeon – Arundell Arms Hotel, Nathan Outlaw – Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

Best Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner: Oliver’s – Falmouth

Grand finalists: The Square – Porthleven, Olive Tree Restaurant – Bath

Best Foodie Hotel – sponsored by Enotria & Coe

Winner: Arundell Arms Hotel – Lifton

Grand finalists: Soar Mill Cove Hotel – Devon, The Scarlet – Mawgan Porth

Best Cocktail Bar – sponsored by Wrecking Coast Gin

Winner: Dr Ink’s Curiosities – Exeter

Grand finalists: North Coast Wine Co – Bude, The Dark Horse – Bath


Best Cafe – sponsored by Frobishers

Winner: Gylly Beach Cafe – Falmouth

Grand finalists: Block – Barnstaple, Society Cafe – Bath

Best Foodie Pub – sponsored by Flying Fish Seafoods and  Philip Warren

Winner: The Star & Garter, Falmouth

Grand finalists: The Methuen Arms – Corsham, The Rising Sun – Truro

Best Drink – sponsored by Impact

Winner: Black Cow Vodka

Grand finalists: Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin, Salcombe Gin


Best Foodie Product – sponsored by Michelmores

Winner: Cornish Gouda Co Gouda

Grand finalists: Primrose Herd Cornish Hogs Pudding, Eat The Smoke Rubs

Best Indie Retailer

Winner: Riverford Organic, Buckfastleigh

Grand finalists: Fillet & Bone – Chipping Campden, Johns of Instow – North Devon

Best Cookery School

Winner: Exeter Cookery School – Devon

Grand finalists: Rick Stein’s Cookery School – Padstow,  Ashburton Cookery School – Devon

Best Wine List

Winner: Gidleigh Park – Chagford

Grand finalists: The Idle Rocks -St Mawes, Ben’s Wine & Tapas – Totnes

Best Farm Shop

Winner: Darts Farm – Topsham

Grand finalists: Greendale Farm Shop – Woodbury, Daylesford – Moreton-in-Marsh