Local Businesses Reach Finals of Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards

Three businesses from Andover and the surrounding Villages have reached the finals of The Hampshire Life Food & Drink awards.

The beautiful glossy magazine that any coffee table would be proud to host, launched the ninth year of the popular county awards with a final ceremony on 26th November 2014.

The 2014 local finalists are:

Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year – The Tea Cosy, Hurstbourne Tarrant

The Tea Cosy first opened for business in May 2014, officially opened by Keith Chegwin. This beautiful tea room tucked away in Hurstbourne Tarrant serves fresh tea, coffee, homemade cakes and a selection of light meals.

Onwer, Jenni Danks, said of the news of being a finalist, “I couldn’t quite believe it. I am so proud of all of my staff and the hard work everyone puts in to making The Tea Cosy the perfect place for anyone to come and enjoy a cuppa and something to eat.”

The Tea Cosy is up against Rosie Lee Tea House & Bakery in Brockenhurst and The Parlour Tea Room in Basingstoke.

Best Hampshire Menu – The Greyhound on The Test, Stockbridge

The Greyhound has been in operation since the 1800’s. However, in its current guise it has been open since March 2013. Situated on the High Street, in the beautiful market town of Stockbridge, the Greyhound prides itself on its excellent quality and service.

The Greyhound on the Test is up against The Elderflower in Lymington, and The Terrace Restaurant, The Mantagu Arms Hotel, in Beaulieu.

The Best Hampshire Menu section is sponsored by Andover company, Cooking2Cooling.

Chef of the Year – James Durrant – The Plough Inn, Longparish

Local favourite James Durrant has become a household name after his appearance on The British Menu and his subsequent finalist achievement.

An accomplished chef, with a string of accolades and awards to his name and also for The Plough in Longparish, James has put Andover on the map for excellent food.

James is up against Matthew Tomkinson, The Terrace Restaurant, The Mantagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu, and Andrew Du Borg, The Elderflower, Lymington.

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