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2021 Trencherman’s Awards winners revealed

Trencherman's Awards winner Rick Stein
Award for Special Contribution winner Rick Stein

Trencherman’s Guide readers voted in their thousands to crown the 2021 winners and show restaurants how much they’re appreciated

Rick Stein, Robin Hutson (The Pig) and Guy Owen (St Enodoc Hotel) were among the winners of the prestigious 2021 Virtual Trencherman’s Awards. The ceremony took place online over two nights (March 2 and 3) and the winners accepted their awards via video message (watch them here), sharing heartfelt thanks to the thousands of Trencherman’s Guide readers who voted for them in what’s been an incredibly tough year for the hospitality industry.

Over 10,000 votes were cast by Trencherman’s Guide readers who wanted to show their support for their favourite chefs, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

We want to show restaurants – whether small neighbourhood affairs, the Michelin-starred big names or the fine dining restaurants of upmarket foodie hotels – how much they are appreciated,’ said Trencherman’s Guide editor Jo Rees.

‘They are at the heart of the South West’s vibrant food and drink culture, not just for the wonderful dining experiences they create but also because Trencherman’s restaurants are the businesses supporting South West farmers and fishermen and providing professional hospitality jobs in the region.’

The annual Trencherman’s Awards are a highlight in the South West gastronomic calendar. The chef-studded ceremony is known as the best hospitality bash of the year (thanks to multi-course menus cooked by previous winners) and the awards are considered some of the most prestigious in the industry.

Winners and grand finalists of the 2021 Virtual Trencherman’s Awards:

Best Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner: Number Eight
Finalists: Karrek, The Square at Porthleven, Crab House Cafe

Best Trencherman’s Chef – sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Winner: Guy Owen of St Enodoc Hotel
Finalists: Jude Kereama of Kota Restaurant, Jeffrey Robinson of New Yard Restaurant and Olivier Certain of The Masons Arms

Best Trencherman’s Hotel – sponsored by Trencherman’s Guide

Winner: The Idle Rocks
Finalists: St Enodoc HotelBoringdon HallHousel Bay HotelThe Eastbury HotelTwo Bridges Hotel.

Award for Creativity and Innovation in Lockdown – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner: Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers
Finalists: The Oyster & Fish HouseThe Seafood RestaurantRock Salt Cafe & Brasserie

Award for Special Contribution – sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

Winner: Rick Stein of The Seafood Restaurant
Winner: Robin Hutson of The Pig Hotels

Best Trencherman’s Pub – sponsored by Frobisher’s

Winner: The Bear & Blacksmith
Finalists: The Bell InnThe Barley SheafThe Crown Inn and Acorn Inn

Best Front of House Team – sponsored by Food Magazine

Winner: The Club House
Finalists: The Fig Tree @ 36Penrose KitchenThe Galley Restaurant

Best Bar List – sponsored by Salt Media

Winner: The Rising Sun
Finalists: Fletcher’s RestaurantThe Greenbank HotelPuro

Best Gourmet Food To-Go in Lockdown – sponsored by Indy Coffee Box

Winner: Restaurant GL50
Finalists: Pyne Arms, The Star and GarterThe Mint Room – Bristol

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