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Slow Food England Awards Winners 2021

Created eight years ago, the Slow Food awards are truly democratic – with no prior shortlisting, the winners are simply chosen by whoever gets the most votes. These Awards are so powerful in highlighting Good, Clean and Fair, that like last year, thousands of you voted over the summer. Each nation has its own winners, with the highest number of votes in each category also being the overall UK winner.

In addition to the public vote, each nation director chose their Person of the Year, their stories are below, with one of those of winners being crowned Slow Food in the UK Person of Year as well.

Slow Food England Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners

Best Butcher                                      Pipers Farm, Devon
Best Baker                                          Peter Cook’s Bread, Herefordshire
Best Greengrocer                         
   Farmers, Ludlow
Best Fishmonger                             
Fish House, Ludlow
Best Deli or Grocer                          Broad Bean, Ludlow
Best Cheesemonger                         Heritage Cheese, London
Best Market                                        Borough Market, London
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery        The Barn, Chichester
Champion Slow Food Product      Honey by the Beefarmer
,Ashby de la Zouch

Person of the Year: Clare Marriage

Clare is a Slow food tour de force. Along with her husband Michael she heads up Doves farm, growers and millers of heritage grains, including Ark of Taste Einkorn. She is a former member of the board of Slow Food in the UK, and was Chair of Slow Food Berkshire before retiring earlier this year from that role. Nominated by Shane Holland, Executive Chairman, Slow Food in the UK

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  1. James

    Is the UK’s best fishmonger somewhere over 50 miles from the nearest coast?

    I’m not doubting the efforts the Fish house have put in and I am sure their win is commendable – but this makes for depressing reading – the quality of fresh fish available to the average UK consumer is frankly woeful. Moreover as a nation surrounded by the sea it is almost inconceivable the poor quality of fish deemed acceptable. It would not fly on the continent that is for sure.

    Further person of the year being an ex Slow food board member and chair – doesn’t exactly smack of an impartial process. Again no doubt well deserved but the optics dont look great.

    Dec 13, 2021 @ 3:39 pm

  2. CommunicationsSFUK

    In response to James’ comment:

    The best fishmonger is a public vote – we would agree with you that the quality of fish within the UK (an Island nation) is woeful. Indeed the as a generalisation, the few types of fish we do eat on these shores (except farmed salmon) are not even from here.

    The Person of the Year award is not a public vote, but a “lifetime award” if you will in the gift of the director of each nation. Clare Marriage did not win the award for being a previous board member – but this was mentioned in all transparency – but because her company has done more to bring heritage grains to the wider public than perhaps any other. She won her award despite of her involvement in Slow Food – just as some of the businesses which won public votes are supporters of Slow Food, and some are not; some people of the year are connected to us at times, they usually are not; but what links them is their values and commitment to a better food system for all.

    Dec 24, 2021 @ 3:53 pm



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