Keen Taste of Bath fans will already know that we were absolutely delighted to be finalists in the Retailer category of the 2018 Crumbs Awards – and on Sunday night, the Taste of Bath team headed over to Bristol for the awards ceremony, at the newly and fabulously renovated Bristol Old Vic. We had our fingers tightly crossed, but competition was fierce and we didn’t get to take home the prize this time – but we’re still over the moon to have made it to the final shortlist, with record numbers of nominations coming in this year for every single award!
Not only that, but we couldn’t have been prouder of Bath itself – the awards are open to businesses from Bath and Bristol, and even though we’re quite a bit smaller than our sister city, Bath’s brilliant independent businesses were all over the bill, with loads making it to the shortlist and several of our favourite local businesses taking home the trophies. We have it on good authority that the three awards which get the most nominations are Best Newcomer, Best Casual Dining and Best Restaurant – and Bath swept the board, with the fantastic Noya’s Kitchen taking Best Newcomer, fish & chip heaven The Scallop Shell winning Best Casual Dining, and Bath’s hottest ticket Menu Gordon Jones taking Best Restaurant, all the in face of some seriously stiff competition. Basically, if this was the foodie Oscars, Bath has nabbed Best Actress, Best Actor AND Best Film… and it didn’t stop there, with Roman Vidal at The Olive Tree taking Best Front of House (there won’t be much room left in their trophy cabinet, with their recent Michelin Star as well – congratulations chaps!) and The Inn at Freshford winning Best Foodie Pub – a big Taste of Bath favourite, check out the review on our blog.
It wasn’t just about the restaurants, either: our Bath cheering section went absolutely nuts when Luscious Organics took the Best Food Producer prize for their incredibly scrumptious organic ice cream, made just outside Bath at Neston Park Estate. Although we can’t quite incorporate their fabulous frozen treats in our hampers (ice cream and the post don’t really mix) we’re big fans of this lovely little company and we highly recommend you check out their award-winning goodies.
All in all, it was a fantastic night that made our hearts swell with pride for the outstanding local foodie scene. At Taste of Bath, we’re on a mission to spread the word about the incredible food and drink produced in this part of the world – a mission we share with the talented team at Crumbs Magazine. Huge congratulations to all the winners, from Bath and Bristol (we’ve got our eye on a few new places to try in Bristol now) and massive thanks to Crumbs for such a brilliant night. Next year we’re coming back to win…