AFTER an exceptionally difficult two years for the hospitality industry, the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards have returned, with a record number of votes cast for Cheshire's best establishments.

With more than 58,000 individual ballots and some categories new for 2022, the Awards have now revealed their finalists. With several titles up for grabs, has one of your favourites made the shortlist?

Taste Cheshire CEO Briony Wilson said: "I would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to vote in this year’s awards, the power of these awards really does lie in your hands. It truly is inspiring to see how many people have got behind their favourite establishments across the area, after what has been a truly difficult time for us all over the last few years; our industry has been hit harder than most. But from me and all the venues who have been shortlisted and nominated, thank you for coming back and supporting us.

"The recognition of these awards means so much to our venues because of you, the local regular customers! I would also love to thanks all the great sponsors who have chosen to get involved as this event which would not be possible to do without your support, we are very proud of what Cheshire has to offer and it is clear you are also."

Local Produce Shop of the Year – Sponsored by Taste Cheshire

Cheerbrook Farm Shop

Church on the Green Deli

Hoole Food Market

The Hollies

The Lambing Shed

Event Venue of the Year



Opera Grill

The Chester Fields

The Grosvenor Pulford

Cheshire Accommodation Award

The Chester Grosvenor

The Grosvenor Pulford

The Hollie Forest Lodges

The Pheasant Inn

The Townhouse

Chester and District Standard: Previous winners, The Weston Biltong Co. have made the shortlist.Previous winners, The Weston Biltong Co. have made the shortlist.

Best Newcomer (must have been opened within the last 2 years)

Artezzan Restaurant and Bar


Big Belly Bakery

Kookaboora Bakery

Linden Stores

Best Casual Eatery

A Little Give ‘n’ Cake

Bean and Cole

Little Tap

Neighbourhood Bakehouse

Best Cheshire Bar - Sponsored by Secret Singles

Bar Lounge

Liquor & Co

Little Tap

The Suburbs

Vin Santo

Food Producer of the Year - Sponsored by Morgan's Hair

Cheshire Farm Chips

Hannah's Homemade Fudge

Veg ‘n’ Petals

The Weston Biltong Co.

Drinks Producer of the Year - Sponsored by TC Podcast

Kingdom Recommends

Tappers Gin

Three Wrens Gin

Weetwood Brewery and Distillery

Green Award for Sustainability



Hoole Food Market

Jaunty Goat

Just Footprints

Family Friendly Venue

Croes Howell

Ginger Monkey No. 31

Hickorys Smokehouse

Shrewsbury Arms, Mickle Trafford

White Horse, Chester Racecourse

Local Produce in a Menu - Sponsored by the New Chester Market

Little Tap

The Chefs Table

The Chester Fields

The Church Green Pub at Lymm

The Faulkner

Best Cheshire Pub

Ring O’ Bells, Christleton

The Dog at Peover

The Fishpool Inn

The Pheasant Inn

The Swan at Marbury

Best Small Restaurant - Sponsored by WLGT

Elephant Bank


Sticky Walnut

Urbano 32

Upstairs at the Grill

Best Large Restaurant - Sponsored by Harlech Food Services

1539, Chester Racecourse

Artezzan Restaurant and Bar

Chez Jules

Hickorys Smokehouse

Opera Grill

Taste Cheshire's industry experts will soon be gearing up to mystery dine, shop, stay and taste each finalist ahead of a celebratory Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday, September 28 at Chester Racecourse.

Tickets for this event are £65.00 per person with a table of ten costing £620 and include a pre-dinner cocktail and a 4 course gala meal provided by Horseradish Catering.

For more information about the awards, sponsorship opportunities or to book tickets for the event email Briony Wilson at