Durham food and drink businesses win awards

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Durham food and drink businesses win awards

Durham food and drink businesses win awards

Posted: 02 Dec 2009

Picture caption: Julia Cammiss with her award-winning Durham blue cheese


More than 40 County Durham food and drink businesses have been awarded a nationally accredited food quality mark from tourism agency Visit County Durham.


The restaurants, hotels, farm shops, cafés and bars have been recognised by assessors from national tourist board Visit Britain for consistently high quality service, authentic regional dishes and support for local producers.


TasteDurham was set up in 2008 by Visit County Durham (formerly the County Durham Tourism Partnership) to raise the profile of food and drink in the county among national audiences and clearly signpost visitors to those eateries serving the best fresh, seasonal and local dishes. 


In just its second year, the scheme has seen a 30 per cent increase in the number of businesses applying to hold the food quality mark.


TasteDurham co-ordinator Lucy Wearne, said: “The TasteDurham mark is highly rated among businesses in the county and enables us to shout loudly that Durham’s food and drink offer is among the best in Britain.”


The award-winning businesses received the quality mark at a ceremony held at Seaham Hall Hotel and The Serenity Spa on Monday November 30.


Multi national award-winning cheesemaker Julia Cammiss of the Durham Cow Cheese Company helped present the awards and talked about her journey from making blue cheese on her kitchen table to being stocked in some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets.


The 42 businesses were invited to join TasteDurham and undertake the assessment against strict national criteria for quality of menu, cleanliness, customer service and use of locally sourced produce.


TasteDurham has three levels of award:


Highest Quality Assured - awarded to businesses meeting 80 per cent of TasteDurham criteria.


Quality Assured - awarded to business meeting 60 per cent of TasteDurham criteria.


Local Produce Champion - awarded to those businesses who are strongly committed to using local suppliers and who help develop the growing distribution network for local produce in County Durham.


TasteDurham businesses can earn both quality assurance award grading and the title of Local Produce Champion in recognition of commitment to buying fresh and local.


Business


Location

TasteDurham Award

Bradley Burn Farm Shop & Café

Weardale, Durham Dales

Quality Assured & local produce champion

Brambles Coffee Shop

Durham City, Shincliffe

Quality Assured

The County

Sedgefield

Quality Assured & local produce champion

Durham Dales Centre Tearoom

Stanhope, Durham Dales

Quality Assured

The Garden House

Durham City

Quality Assured

Headlam Hall

Teesdale

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Hide Café Bar and Grill

Durham City

Quality Assured

Pemberton Carvery, Ramside Hall Hotel

Durham City

Quality Assured & local produce champion

Richardsons Garden Centre

Seaham

Quality Assured

The Rose & Crown Hotel

Teesdale, Romaldkirk

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Seaham Hall & the Serenity Spa

Seaham

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Sedgefield Racecourse

Sedgefield

Quality Assured

The Teesdale Hotel

Teesdale

Quality Assured & local produce champion

Gourmet Spot Restaurant

Durham City

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Spice Island Restaurant Ltd

Barnard Castle, Teesdale

Quality Assured

South Causey Inn

Beamish, North Durham

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Killhope Kitchen

Weardale, Durham Dales

Quality Assured

The Seven Stars

Durham City

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Knitsley Farm Shop

Consett, North Durham

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Filini Restaurant 

Durham City

Quality Assured

Bistro 21

Durham, City

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Broom House Farm

Witton Gilbert

Qualiity Assured & local produce champion

The Undercroft

Durham City

Qualiity Assured & local produce champion

La Tasca

Durham City

Qualiity Assured & local produce champion

Café 1618

Teesdale, Middleton-in-Teesdale

Quality Assured

Vennels Cafe

Durham City

Quality Assured

The Seaton Lane Inn

Seaham

Qualiity Assured & local produce champion

Fallen Angel Restaurant

Durham City

Highest Quality Assured & local produce champion

Poppies

Seaham

Qualiity Assured & local produce champion

Ozone Restaurant

Seaham

Highest quality assured

Pan Din Thai Restaurant

Seaham

Quality Assured

The Lambton Hounds Inn

Durham City

Quality Assured

Bed and Breakfast Providers

Location

Awards

Victorian Town House

Durham City

Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

Newlands Hall

Frosterley, Durham Dales

Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

Polemonium Plantery

Trimdon Grange

Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

Low Urpeth Farm Tourism

Chester-le-Street

Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion


http://www.tastedurham.com/

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