The Trencherman’s board, chefs and members have cast their nominations and we’re thrilled to reveal the Trencherman’s Awards 2020 shortlist

For over five years, the Trencherman’s Awards have been the South West’s most prestigious dining accolades. Whereas in previous years both rounds of voting have been decided by tens of thousands of reader’s votes, this year we handed over control of the first round to our Trencherman’s members and chefs.

Now it’s time for you, the Trencherman’s readers, to make the final decision. Vote for your favourites from the shortlist here. Final votes must be cast by October 4 and the grand finalists will be announced on October 7.

Trencherman’s Awards 2020 shortlist

Best Trencherman’s restaurant – sponsored by Total Produce
Acorn Restaurant, Bath 
Brassica Restaurant, Dorset 
New Yard Restaurant, Cornwall 
Number Eight, Devon 
The Crab House Cafe, Dorset 
The Shore, Cornwall 
Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers, Devon 
Wilder, Gloucestershire 

Best Trencherman’s hotel – sponsored by Hotel Perfect
Gara Rock, Devon 
Lords of the Manor, Gloucestershire 
Mount Haven Hotel, Cornwall 
Paschoe House, Devon 
The Alexandra Hotel, Dorset 
The Greenbank Hotel, Cornwall 
The Ollerod, Dorset 
The Painswick, Gloucestershire 

Best Trencherman’s pub
Acorn Inn, Dorset 
Lord Poulett Arms, Somerset 
The Bell Inn, Gloucestershire 
The Bunch of Grapes, Wiltshire 
The Farmers Arms, Devon 
The Lamb at Longdown, Devon 
The Pickwick Inn, Cornwall 
The Royal George, Devon 

Best Trencherman’s chef – sponsored by Hallgarten & Novum Wines
Tim Barnes, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen 
Chris Cleghorn, The Olive Tree Restaurant 
Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park 
Michael Nizzero, The Bath Priory 
Ben Palmer, The Sardine Factory 
Matthew Street, Seasons at The Eastbury 
Elly Wentworth, The Angel – Taste of Devon 
Tom Williams-Hawkes, The Salutation Inn 

Best bar list – sponsored by The Wrecking Coast Distillery
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire 
Fifteen Cornwall 
Lympstone Manor, Devon 
The Idle Rocks, Cornwall 
The Lamb Inn at Sandford, Devon 
The Museum Inn, Dorset 
The Peppermill, Dorset 
The White Horse Inn, Wiltshire 

Best front of house team – sponsored by Churchill China
Rick Stein Sandbanks, Dorset 
Slaughters Manor House, Gloucestershire 
Star & Garter, Cornwall 
The Galley, Devon 
The Masons Arms, Devon 
The Old Mill House Bistro, Cornwall 
The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath 
Three Tuns Freehouse, Wiltshire 

Award for creativity and innovation – sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery
Lords of the Manor, Gloucestershire 
Lympstone Manor, Cornwall 
Menu Gordon Jones, Bath 
New Yard Restaurant, Cornwall 
Rastella at Merchants Manor, Cornwall 
Seasons at The Eastbury, Dorset 
The Angel – Taste of Devon 
The Farmers Arms, Devon 

Best Trencherman’s newcomer – sponsored by Fish for Thought
Lord Poulett Arms, Somerset 
The Angel – Taste of Devon 
The Club House, Dorset 
The Farmers Arms, Devon 
The Ollerod, Dorset 
The Sardine Factory, Cornwall 
The Spiny Lobster Grill, Bristol 
Twenty Seven by Jamie Rogers, Devon 

Award for special contribution – sponsored by PKF Francis Clark
Paul Ainsworth 
Susy Atkins 
Josh Eggleton 
Mark Hix 
Jude Kereama 
Claire Randall 
Sue Williams 


The Trencherman’s Awards 2020 winners will be revealed on November 25 at a sumptuous ceremony at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. The awards presentation will be complemented by a multi-course feast which will be prepared by last year’s winning chefs. Confirmed chefs so far include Stephane Delourme of The Seafood Restaurant, Richard Buckley of Acorn Restaurant in Bath and Ellis Pannell of the Pyne Arms in north Devon.

Find out who scooped the prestigious accolades last year here.

A big thank you to Trencherman’s Awards 2020 sponsors Churchill China, Fish for Thought, Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Hotel Perfect, PKF Francis Clark, Salt, Sharp’s Brewery, Total Produce and The Wrecking Coast Distillery.