The winners of the South West’s most prestigious dining awards were announced at a gourmet ceremony at Salcombe Harbour Hotel on March 6
Broadcaster and food critic William Sitwell and Dorset’s TV chef and restaurateur Mark Hix of The Oyster and Fish House joined Trencherman’s Guide editorial director Jo Rees to present the Trencherman’s Awards 2023 – the most prestigious dining accolades in the South West. The event was attended by the region’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers, among other influential foodies.
Over 30,000 individual reader votes were cast in the second round of voting, with some of the closest final scores seen in the Awards’ ten-year history. Nathan Outlaw of Outlaw’s in Port Isaac, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling in Carbis Bay, and Boringdon Hall near Plymouth were honoured among the winners (full list below).
The finale of the evening saw Nathan Outlaw win the Award for Special Contribution. Nathan said: ‘I’ve been in the South West for well over 25 years and the Trencherman’s Guide has always been at the forefront of the scene. It’s one of the guides you want to get into as a chef – and it’s also a guide that a lot of customers follow and then come to your restaurant as a result. To receive this award is incredible and a great honour.‘
In traditional Trencherman’s style, a number of last year’s award winners made up the team of top chefs who crafted the ceremony’s four-course feast: Mark Dodson of The Masons Arms (starter), Michael Smith of Porthminster Beach Cafe (fish), host chef Jamie Gulliford of Salcombe Harbour Hotel (main) and Dorian Janmaat of The Idle Rocks (dessert).
The quality cooking was paired with fine wines from Hallgarten and Novum, Cornish beers from Sharp’s Brewery and soft drinks from Frobishers. Canapés were served with local spirits Trevethan Cornish Gin, Atlantic Spirit No.7 Sea Buckthorn Gin, and Sea Arch Coastal Juniper.
Trencherman’s Awards 2023 winners and grand finalists
Award for Special Contribution (sponsored by PKF Francis Clark)
Best Trencherman’s Chef (sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
Best Trencherman’s Restaurant (sponsored by Dole)
Best Trencherman’s Hotel (sponsored by The Eco Laundry)
Best Trencherman’s Pub
Award for Creativity & Innovation (sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery)
Best Front of House Team
Best Newcomer (sponsored by Salt Media)
Best Bar List
Trencherman’s Guide reveals the best restaurants in the South West, from Cornwall to the Cotswolds. Restaurants are invited to be in the guide upon meeting strict and exacting quality criteria. The latest edition of the guide can be purchased here.
Images by Guy Harrop.