Winners of the 2021 Virtual Trencherman’s Awards

Following over 10,000 reader votes we are thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2021 Virtual Trencherman’s Awards

The Trencherman’s Awards are renowned as the South West’s most prestigious restaurant accolades, and its ceremonies well-known as the best hospitality bash of the year thanks to multi-course menus (cooked by the previous year’s award winning chefs) and astonishing wine pairings. Of course, hosting an awards evening to celebrate the cream of the South West culinary crop has been impossible this year, but that’s not stopped us going virtual. Trencherman’s readers have risen to the challenge to support the awards by casting an incredible 10,000 votes.

One of the reasons for going ahead with the awards this year has been to support the hospitality industry through such an incredibly tough time. Trencherman’s editor Jo Rees says: ‘We want to show restaurants – whether small neighbourhood affairs, the Michelin-starred big names or the fine dining restaurants of upmarket foodie hotels – how much they are appreciated. They are at the heart of the South West’s vibrant food and drink culture, not just for the wonderful dining experiences they create but also because Trencherman’s restaurants are the businesses supporting South West farmers and fishermen and providing professional hospitality jobs in the region.

Well done everyone – and thank you to all of the Trencherman’s readers who voted this year. If you didn’t vote, sign up for the Trencherman’s weekly email newsletter here (we’ll send you restaurant reviews, comps, insider recipes and foodie news each week) and be the first to get access to voting in the future.

Winners and grand finalists of the 2021 Virtual Trencherman’s Awards

Best Trencherman’s Pub – sponsored by Frobisher’s

Winner: The Bear & Blacksmith
Finalists: The Bell Inn, The Barley Sheaf, The Crown Inn and Acorn Inn

Best Front of House Team – sponsored by Food Magazine

Winner: The Club House
Finalists: The Fig Tree @ 36, Penrose Kitchen, The Galley Restaurant

Best Bar List – sponsored by Salt Media

Winner: The Rising Sun
Finalists: Fletcher’s Restaurant, The Greenbank Hotel, Puro

Best Gourmet Food To-Go in Lockdown – sponsored by Indy Coffee Box

Winner: Restaurant GL50
Finalists: Pyne Arms, The Star and Garter, The Mint Room – Bristol

Best Restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce

Winner: Number Eight
Finalists: Karrek, The Square at Porthleven, Crab House Cafe

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

Winner: Guy Owen of St Enodoc Hotel
Finalists: Jude Kereama of Kota Restaurant, Jeffrey Robinson of New Yard Restaurant and Olivier Certain of The Masons Arms

Best Trencherman’s Hotel – sponsored by Trencherman’s Guide

Winner: The Idle Rocks
Finalists: St Enodoc Hotel, Boringdon Hall, Housel Bay Hotel, The Eastbury Hotel, Two Bridges Hotel.

Award for Creativity and Innovation in Lockdown – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery

Winner: Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers
Finalists: The Oyster & Fish House, The Seafood Restaurant, Rock Salt Cafe & Brasserie

Award for Special Contribution – sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

Winner: Rick Stein of The Seafood Restaurant
Winner: Robin Hutson of The Pig Hotels

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