Trencherman’s Awards winners 2017 announced at a glamorous ceremony at Saunton Sands Hotel in north Devon

After an incredible inaugural event at Watergate Bay Hotel in 2014 and a sumptuous soiree at Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant last year, we weren’t sure whether The Trencherman’s Guide Awards could be topped in its third year.

Oh, how very wrong we were.

With the rugged north Devon coastline providing a stunning backdrop and a band of the South West’s finest chefs creating an exquisite bill of dishes for the VIP guests, the 2017 winners of the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards were revealed in delectable style at a lavish ceremony at Saunton Sands Hotel on November 7.

Over 10,000 self-professed gourmets got behind their favourite regional restaurants, dining pubs and hotels in two rounds of voting, and we’re delighted to crown the following as your 2017 winners …

Best Trencherman’s Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner – Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Grand finalists;

Best Dining Pub – sponsored by Salt Media

Winner – The Chequers, Bath

Grand finalists;

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

Winner – Stephane Delourme, The Seafood Restaurant

Grand finalists;

Best Front of House Team – sponsored by Barton Reed & Co

Winner – The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe

Grand finalists;

Best Dine and Stay Experience – sponsored by Origin Coffee

Winner – Gidleigh Park, Chagford

Grand finalists;

Best Bar List – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner – The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh

Grand finalists;

Award for Creativity and Innovation – sponsored by Impact

Winner – Kota, Porthleven

Grand finalists;

Between awards guests were treated to a sumptuous six course meal from last year’s Trencherman’s Guide Awards winners, matched with a fine selection of wines from Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines. Here’s what we tucked into …


Matthew Beardshall
Wild Garlic

Carpené Malvolti Prosécco Di Conegliano 1868
Veneto, Italy


John Hooker
The Cornish Arms

Pork cheek lasagne, mushroom duxelle, pasta, bernaise

Château Lestrille Capmartin Clairet 2014
Bordeaux, France

Fish course

Paul and Donna Berry
The Swan

Crab, pea, gin and lemon sorbet

Lismore Estate Chardonnay 2014
Greyton, South Africa


Dez Turland and Jamie Coleman
Saunton Sands Hotel

Waytown Farm beef and smoked potato pie, oxtail, king oyster mushroom truffle, Wolf Rock ale

Carmen Petite Sirah Gran Reserva 2012
Maipo Valley, Chile

Cheese course

Matthew Beardshall
Wild Garlic

Woefuldane Organic Blue Heaven, pickled quince, candied walnuts, pain d’épices brioche

Gérard Bertrand Cross Rivesaltes 2002
Languedoc-Rousillon, France


Ben Prior
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

Pear and date cake, walnut toffee sauce, muscovado ice cream

Roccolo Grassi Recioto Soave La Broia 2013
Veneto, Italy

Coffee and Petit fours

Kate Butler 
Saunton Sands Hotel

Origin Coffee Roasters

Nicaragua Los Altos (washed)


A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors; Total Produce, Origin Coffee, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines, Impact Sound, Sharp’s Brewery, Flying Fish Seafoods, Frobishers, Hildon, Barton Reed & Co, Philip Dennis, and Saunton Sands Hotel.


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