New Forest Marque members sweep the board at Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards

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Published Monday 2 September 2013

New Forest Marque members are celebrating after sweeping the board by winning seven out of 11 categories at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority, the Marque gives businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services, encouraging people to buy local and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food over long distances.

Two hundred guests, finalists and sponsors joined Hampshire Life at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire, for the awards regarded as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry.

Hosted by BBC Radio Solent’s Georgie Windsor, the awards celebrate the finest produce that Hampshire has to offer and give valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues.

An independent panel of judges selected 33 finalists from over 2,500 nominations made by the public. They picked seven New Forest Marque winners, including Naked Jam, who became New Forest Marque’s producer of the year.

Jen Williams has grown her Naked Jam business over the past two years from cooking in her kitchen using local Marque suppliers, to selling her jams at Royal Ascot, the Chelsea Flower Show and Claridges, as well as locally at Setley Ridge Farm Shop near Brockenhurst.     

Jen said: ‘It's a privilege to win this award. It reassures me that my ethos of using fellow New Forest Marque members to help me put together my unique product is the right one.’

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque’s manager was also awarded the prestigious title of Hampshire Food and Drink Hero, for her tireless work in promoting and supporting local producers in the New Forest.

Jenna Bessant, New Forest Marque project officer, said: ‘We’re delighted that so many New Forest Marque members have been awarded Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards in so many categories. They thoroughly deserve the recognition and it shows how great the quality of the produce is in the New Forest.

‘The fact that so many members were even nominated was fantastic, but for so many to win is amazing and for Sarah to be recognised as Hampshire’s local food hero underlines how strongly the New Forest Marque is committed to promoting local produce.  We couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.’

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Picture caption: Lyburn Cheese were among the New Forest Marque winners

Notes to editors:

New Forest Marque Winners

Newcomer of the Year: Lisa’s Larder, Keyhaven, www.facebook.com/lisaslarder

Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year: Rosie Lea Tea House, Brockenhurst, www.rosielea.co.uk

Best Local Supplier/Producer sponsored by New Forest Hotel: Lyburn Cheese, Landford, www.lyburnfarm.co.uk/cheese2

New Forest Marque sponsored by New Forest Produce:  Naked Jam, Barton on Sea, www.naked-jam.co.uk

Best Hampshire Menu: The Pig, Brockenhurst, www.thepighotel.com

Restaurant of the Year: Hartnett Holder & Co. at Limewood Hotel, Lyndhurst, www.limewoodhotel.co.uk

Chef of the Year:  Luke Holder, Limewood Hotel, Lyndhurst, www.limewoodhotel.co.uk

Hampshire Food and Drink Hero sponsored by Forest Holidays – Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque manager, www.newforestmarque.co.uk

Quotes from New Forest Marque winners

Lisa Morgan, from pop-up farm shop Lisa’s Larder, said: ‘I am delighted to have won the Newcomers Award. I am very grateful to my customers for taking the time to nominate us and it is great to know that they like what we are doing. To be recognised in our first six months of trading is a great incentive for me and the team to keep moving the business forward and to explore new opportunities.’

Rachel Rabbetts, of Rosie Lea Tea House, said: ‘I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all our customers for nominating us for this award. To win two years in a row really is the best accolade to my staff’s on-going hard work! It means the world to all of us at Rosie Lea.’

James Golding, head chef at The Pig, said: ‘It’s a great achievement to win best Hampshire Menu as people don’t realise how much work goes into producing a truly local and semi self sustainable menu. It’s not just about the local sourcing but also about being able to produce the ingredients yourself on the property as well as having a great team behind you to support and ensure the 25 mile menu exists. Without the hard work from our team and the support of our customers and the great producers from the New Forest Marque this could not have happened so thank you to everyone who loves The Pig. See you there soon.’

Hartnett Holder & Co. at Limewood Hotel said:  ‘We are so proud to have won these awards.  For such a new restaurant to have been acknowledged by our guests and readers of Hampshire Life is very humbling, but also a great accolade for our staff and all their hard work this year.  Luke is as passionate and inspiring a chef as you would wish to meet, and for him to be personally acknowledged is the icing on the cake to what has been an amazing journey over the last six months at Lime Wood. Here’s to the next six months and beyond.’

Notes to Editors: The Marque® – a sign of quality.

A product is only licensed to use the Marque® if:

  • it contains at least 25 per cent New Forest produce
  • it has met stringent standards according to its particular speciality (for example, meat producers must show that high standards of welfare and good husbandry have been applied at all times).

Hosted by the New Forest National Park Authority the award scheme was created to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

For more information on the New Forest Marque and who is part of the Marque visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk  to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk


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