Published: Wednesday, 8th September 2021

The winners and runners-up of the first-ever Medway Food and Drink Awards have been unveiled.

The winners were announced during an Instagram live stream last night, Tuesday, 7 September. 

The awards celebrate the very best food and drink businesses in a region that has over 1,000 venues, retailers, and suppliers all contributing to its rich and varied food scene.

The event received a total of 37,456 public votes, across the 19 categories.

Showcasing the quality and diversity of Medway's food and drink offer

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We received some fantastic nominations for the inaugural Medway Food and Drink Awards and I am pleased that more than 37,000 people voted for their favourite eateries. I would like to congratulate all of the winners, as well as the businesses which were shortlisted. The awards have showcased the quality and diversity of Medway’s ever-expanding food and drink offer.”

The winners and runners-up as follows: 

  • Best Fine Dining Restaurant sponsored by Gusbourne Wine
    • Winner - The Pumproom at Copper Rivet Distillery
    • Runner-up - Brettington’s Steak and Lobster House
  • Best Casual Restaurant sponsored by Bumbu Rum
    • Winner - Cheeky Clucker
    • Runner-up - Chuck and Blade Burgers
  • Best International Restaurant sponsored by Merchant's Heart
    • Winner - Don Vincenzo
    • Runner-up - Ela Kendro
  • Best Pub sponsored by New Openings Rochester
    • Winner - Three Sheets to the Wind
    • Runner-up - Ship & Trades
  • Best Micropub or Taproom sponsored by Kent Cider Co.
    • Winner - The Dead Pigeon
    • Runner-up - 10:50 From Victoria
  • Best Bar sponsored by Crystal Head Vodka
    • Winner - The George Vaults
    • Runner-up - The Cheese Room Botanicals
  • Best Cocktail List sponsored by Rochester Cocktail Week
    • Winner - Oliver’s Bar & Restaurant
    • Runner-up - Poco Loco
  • Best Café or Coffee Shop sponsored by Owlet Fruit Juice
    • Winner - Café Nucleus Rochester
    • Runner-up - Deaf Cat Coffee
  • Best Garden or Terrace sponsored by Simply Ice Cream
    • Winner - Café Nucleus Chatham
    • Runner-up - Café Nucleus Rochester
  • Best Shop sponsored by Jonomade Gin
    • Winner - Naked Products Co.
    • Runner-up - Austen’s of Rochester
  • Best Service or Supplier sponsored by Medway Foodbank
    • Winner - Medway Foodbank (please note this was an upaid/gifted sponsorships and Medway Foodbank had no involvement in the voting/judging process)
    • Runner-up - Austen’s of Rochester
  • Best Event Space sponsored by Rochester Wick Company
    • Winner - Cooling Castle Barn
    • Runner-up - The Historic Dockyard Chatham
  • Best Takeaway or Delivery Restaurant sponsored by
    • Winner - Chuck and Blade Burgers
    • Runner-up - The Dead Pigeon
  • Best Vegan Menu sponsored by Get Ready Comics
    • Winner - Café Nucleus Rochester
    • Runner-up - Thai Four Two
  • Best New Opening sponsored by New Openings Medway
    • Winner - Cheeky Clucker
    • Runner-up - The Vines of Rochester
  • Best Hotel sponsored by Visit Medway
    • Winner - The Vines of Rochester
    • Runner-up - Ship & Trades
  • Best Street Food Trader sponsored by ‘cene magazine
    • Winner - Mumma Soraya
    • Runner-up - The Creeping Fig
  • Best Disability Access sponsored by Orchard Employment Law
    • Winner - Rico Sabor
    • Runner-up - The Mess Deck at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
  • Best Food Offering sponsored by It's The Biz
    • Winner - Rochester High Street
    • Runner-up - Rochester Farmers Market

Find out more about the Medway Food and Drink Awards

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