New Forest foodies make their ‘Marque’ at prestigious award ceremonies

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Published Monday 30 November 2015

Members of the local produce scheme The New Forest Marque took centre stage at awards ceremonies last week celebrating the best food and drink businesses.

Lyburn Farm, Landford, was honoured in the International Cheese Awards, receiving Bronze for both its Lightly Oak Smoked and Old Winchester Extra Mature Cheese.

Meanwhile Matthew Tomkinson, of the Montagu Arms hotel, Beaulieu, was named Hotel Chef of the Year (fewer than 250 covers) at the industry’s prestigious Hotel Catey Awards in London.

Marque members also claimed a total of eight honours in the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards at The Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney last Wednesday (25 November):

• Best Farm Shop
Winner: Lisa’s Larder, Keyhaven; Highly Commended: Hockey’s Farm Shop, Fordingbridge
• Customer Service Award
Winner: Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst
• Food Product of the Year
Winner: Stoney Cross Cheese, Lyburn Farm, Landford; Highly Commended: Chocolates by Miss Witt, Sway
• Best Local Supplier/Producer of the Year
Winner: New Forest Spring Water Ltd, Fordingbridge; Highly Commended: Tatchbury Manor Farm, Winsor
• Best Hampshire Menu
Highly Commended: The Pig Restaurant & Hotel, Brockenhurst.

The following day (26 November) saw another six Marque businesses recognised at the New Forest Business Partnership’s Brilliance in Business Awards.

The Award winners and runners-up at the ceremony at Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, were:

• Best Sustainable Business
New Forest Aromatics, near Brockenhurst
• Best Contribution to the New Forest Community
Winner: Handmade New Forest, New Milton; Runner –up: Woodlander Hoburne, Bashley
• Best Training and Development
Greenclose Hotels (Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst, and The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu)
• Business of the Year
Greenclose Hotels (Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst, and The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu)
• Best New Business
Runner-up: Harley Sweet Marshmallows, Lymington.

Jane Overall, New Forest Marque Chairman, said there are currently 150 members in the scheme with businesses only allowed to use the trademarked symbol if they meet stringent criteria.

She said: ‘The food, drink and hospitality scene in the New Forest is really exceptional, as the number of awards received by our members proves.

‘I would like to sincerely congratulate our hard-working producers, retailers and restaurateurs who not only provide first-class food, drink and customer service, but through their businesses are supporting our precious New Forest landscape.’

You can meet a number of New Forest Marque businesses at the New Forest Christmas Fair this Saturday and Sunday (5 and 6 December) at New Park, Brockenhurst, from 10am to 4pm.


Notes to Editor:

The Marque – a sign of true local produce

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.

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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.

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Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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