RESTAURANTS, pubs, farm shops and food producers are celebrating after being chosen by diners and shoppers for coveted accolades.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards 2023 have attracted a record 59,000 votes from the public.

Groobarbs farm in High Legh has been shortlisted for four awards – Food Producer of the Year, Green Award for Sustainability, Local Produce in a Menu and Best Large Restaurant.

Warrington Guardian: Groobarbs Field Kitchen has been developed inside a beautifully converted barn at Groobarbs Wild Farm in High LeghGroobarbs Field Kitchen has been developed inside a beautifully converted barn at Groobarbs Wild Farm in High Legh (Image: Supplied)

The Lambing Shed in Knutsford is up for Local Produce Shop of the Year with The Hollies Farm Shop in Little Budworth.

Briony Wilson, chief executive officer of Taste Cheshire, said: "I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to vote in this year's awards, the power of these awards truly lies in your hands.

Warrington Guardian: The Lambing Shed in KnutsfordThe Lambing Shed in Knutsford (Image: Supplied)

“After what has been a really trying time for all of us over the last few years—our sector has been impacted harder than most—it is truly heartening to see how many people have gotten behind their favourite places around the area.

“Thank you for returning and supporting us and all the shortlisted and nominated establishments.

Warrington Guardian: The butchery counter at The Lambing ShedThe butchery counter at The Lambing Shed (Image: Supplied)

“Because of you, the local regular customers, these awards mean so much to our food and drink industry.”

Mystery judges, made up of industry experts, have dined, shopped, stayed and tasted food nominees Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Chester Racecourse on Wednesday, September 27.

Tickets priced £80 per person include a pre-dinner cocktail and four-course meal, are available by emailing

Here are the finalists:

Local Produce Shop of the Year – Sponsored by Taste Cheshire

Longmans Farm Shop, Nantwich Hoole Food Market Rose Farm Shop, Tarporley The Hollies Farm Shop, Little Budworth The Lambing Shed, Knutsford.

Event Venue of the Year

The Square at Chester Zoo Storyhouse, Chester Opera Grill The Chester Fields Chester Racecourse

Cheshire Accommodation Award – Sponsored by Chester Boutique

The Chester Grosvenor Abode Hotel, Chester The Lion and Swan, Congleton The Pheasant Inn, Burwardsley Hotel Indigo

Chester Best Newcomer (must have been opened within the last 2 years) - Sponsored by Morgan's Hair

JAX, Chester Northgates, Chester RIO Brazilian Steakhouse, Chester The White Horse, Churton Twenty Eight @ The Chefs Table

Best Casual Eatery – Sponsored by Scope Out Cheshire

New Chester Market Bean and Cole, Chester Death By Tacos, Chester The Naughty Badger Bistro, Chester Home Coffee & Studio, Alsager

Best Cheshire Bar - Sponsored by WLGT

Bar Lounge Liquor & Co Little Tap Craft & Company Vin Santo Vandal, Warrington

Food Producer of the Year

The Bear Bakery, Chester Cheshire Cupcakes, Nantwich Bradwall Bakehouse, Sandbach The Weston Biltong Co, Groobox Ltd High Legh

Drinks Producer of the Year

Lost Barn Coffee Spitting Feathers, Waverton Three Wrens Gin Weetwood Brewery and Distillery Wych’s Brew, Malpas

Green Award for Sustainability

Groobarbs Wild Farm, High Legh Twenty Eight @ Chef’s Table Shrub, Chester Jaunty Goat Chester Zoo Hoole Food Market

Family Friendly Venue

Ginger Monkey No. 31 Hickory’s Smokehouse, Chester Peacock Hotel, Great Boughton Ring O’ Bells, Christleton The White Lion, Weston

Local Produce in a Menu - Sponsored by City Framers

Little Tap, Tarporley The Chefs Table, Chester The Chester Fields Poco, Chester Groobarbs Field Kitchen, High Legh

Best Cheshire Pub - Sponsored by Harlech Food Services

The Henry Potts, Chester The White Horse, Churton Fox & Barrell, Cotebrook The Pheasant Inn, Burwardsley The Swan at Marbury

Best Small Restaurant

The Forge, Chester Porta, Chester Pecks Restaurant, Congleton Poco, Hoole Upstairs at the Grill, Chester

Best Large Restaurant - Sponsored by Harlech Food Services

Artezzan Restaurant and Bar Chez Jules Opera Grill Groobarbs Field Kitchen, High Legh La Brasserie, Chester Grosvenor