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A constellation of 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 Berkshire producers

The Tea People

Buckle up for Berkshire’s gastronomic greats. The Great Taste Awards has dished out its stars to the UK’s best food and drink producers and the Royal County did 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 Berkshire go to 137 Distillery in Newbury for its Lumber’s Bartholomew Navy Royal gin and Reading’s Tea People for their Calming Camomile. 137 Distillery also received one star for is Navy Strength and retained its Great Taste Producer status for consistently achieving greatness more than three years in a row. It’s actually four, but who’s counting? We are!

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

THREE STARS 🌟🌟🌟

137 Distillery Lumber Navy Royal Gin Great taste Award winner

137 Distillery (Newbury) – Lumber’s Bartholomew Navy Royal

The Tea People (Reading) – Calming Camomile

TWO STARS 🌟🌟

TWO HOOTS CHEESE

Two Hoots Cheese (Wokingham) – Barkham Belle and Heckfield

Tea Times Trading (Newbury) – Dragonfly Gunpowder Citrus Green

Village Maid Cheese (Riseley) – Maida Vale

The Tea People (Reading) – China Silver Needle, Ceylon Black and Spearmint.

La Famiglia Rana (Windsor) – Organic Spinach, Ricotta & Burrata Whole Wheat Ravioli

Bray Cured (Bray) – Bray Cured Flower Meadow Hogget Bresaola

One star 🌟

Epic Brownies Great Taste Award winners

Two Hoots Cheese (Wokingham) – Barkham Blue

Epic Brownies (Maidenhead) – Epic Brownies

137 Distillery (Newbury) – Lumbers Bartholomew Navy Strength

Siren Craft Brew (Finchampstead) – Soundwave IPA, Pastel Pils and Pompelmocello

Bray Cured (Bray) – Berkshire Salami, Cacao Spiced Venison, Venison Old Fashioned Salami and Berkshire Pestle

Biltong and Jerky Boss (Windsor) – Volcano Boss Biltong, Traditional Boss Biltong and Chilli Beef Biltong

The Handmade Cake Company (Maidenhead) – Gluten Free Chocolate brownie and Cherry Genoa cake

West Berkshire Roastery (Thatcham) – gymBrew, Black Gold and House Roast

Miyoung Kimchi (Reading) – Kimchi

La Famiglia Rana Tortelloni

La Famiglia Rana (Windsor) – Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni, Mushroom & Mascarpone Tortelloni and Tagliatelle Carbonara Recipe Kit.

Tea Times Trading (Newbury) – Dragonfly Night Sky Calm Organic Infusion and Dragonfly Two Mint Twist

PAMA Plant Based Kitchen (Hungerford) – SUUR Garlic & Pepper Love Craft Kraut

Riviera dei Gelati (Wokingham) – Raspberry and Mascarpone gelato

Copas (Maidenhead) – Copas Clear Orchard Honey

Waz’ BBQ Hut (Bracknell) – Hawaiian Tropics

Tutts Clump Cider (Tutts Clump) – Tutts Clumper

Hillside House Honey (Great Shefford) – Hillside House Summer Honey

Tick Tock Tea (Newbury) – Organic Rooibos Green Tea 40s / Loose Leaf

Organico Real Foods (Reading) – Organic rapeseed oil, organic oak-aged balsamic vinegar di Modena, organic artichoke hearts in herb marinade and organic raw red wine vinegar with the mother.

Shemins (Ascot) – Mexican Spice Blend and Quick and Easy Poppadoms

Tenuta Marmorelle (Thatcham) – Hand Stretched Pizza Base, Date and Almond Panforte, Gluten Free Penne, Pistachio Panettone

Food Thoughts (Reading) – Luxury White Chocolate Chips, Oat Mylk Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Coated Roasted Cacao Nibs

For the full list of Great Taste winners click here.

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