Trencherman's Awards 2019
Trencherman's Awards

Following over 25,000 reader votes, the cream of the South West culinary crop were crowned at the Trencherman’s Awards 2019

In true Trencherman’s style, the 2019 awards winners were revealed at a sumptuous ceremony at Saunton Sands Hotel in north Devon on November 19. The cream of the South West culinary crop gathered at the art deco-style hotel to discover which chefs, restaurants, dining pubs and hotels had scooped the prestigious prizes. Guests were treated to a fabulous four course feast and each dish was crafted by one of last year’s winners – Toby Gritten of The Pump House, Ben Palmer and Josh Ackland of Glazebrook House, and Tom Browning of Lewtrenchard Manor – as well as the team at Saunton Sands Hotel.

Voted for by the Trencherman’s Guide readers, the awards celebrate the South West’s thriving fine dining scene and we’re thrilled to reveal the 2019 winners …

Best Trencherman’s restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner: The Olive Tree, Bath

Grand finalists:

  • Boringdon Hall, Plymouth
  • Castle Bow, Taunton
  • Oliver’s, Falmouth

Best dining pub – sponsored by Walter Rose & Son

Winner: Pyne Arms, north Devon

Grand finalists:

  • Bird in Hand, Long Ashton
  • The Springer Spaniel, Launceston
  • Star & Garter, Falmouth

Best Trencherman’s chef – sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Winner: Jude Kereama, chef patron of Kota in Porthleven

Grand finalists:

  • Bruce Rennie The Shore Restaurant, Penzance
  • Donna Berry The Swan, Bampton
  • Matthew Beardshall Wilder, Nailsworth

Best front of house team – sponsored by Churchill 1795

Winner: The Coach House by Michael Caines, Kentisbury

Grand finalists:

  • The Bath Priory, Bath
  • The Methuen Arms, Corsham
  • The Square, Porthleven

Best dine and stay experience – sponsored by Hotel Perfect

Winner: The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Grand finalists:

  • Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Forest
  • The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
  • The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster

Best bar list – sponsored by Wrecking Coast Distillery

Winner: The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth

Grand finalists:

  • The Bell Inn, Selsley
  • Koj, Cheltenham
  • The Mariners Public House, Rock

Award for creativity and innovation – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner: Acorn Restaurant, Bath

Grand finalists:

  • Appleton’s at the Vineyard, Padstow
  • BOX-E, Bristol
  • Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay

Championing the region’s finest chefs, restaurants, dining pubs and boutique hotels over the past five years, the Trencherman’s Awards are the South West’s most prestigious culinary accolades. Previous winners include Michael Caines’ Lympstone Manor, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Stephane Delourme of The Seafood Restaurant – view the full list of previous Trencherman’s Awards winners here.

Buy the Trencherman’s Guide No. 26 here. Images by Guy Harrop.