Stockbridge wins Britain's 'Best Foodie Street'
08 March 2010
It’s official – Stockbridge High Street in Hampshire has the best food in the country. The rural village high street was voted as the best ‘foodie street’ in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.
The High Street, which runs right through Stockbridge, was praised for its many independent specialist shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, many of which serve local produce.
The Google Street View Awards are a celebration of Britain’s best-loved streets as voted for by the public in a nationwide poll. Stockbridge faced tough competition from 19 other streets in the UK but, through a sheer amount of public support, it stormed to the top of the vote in its category.
The rural high street was nominated by the food and drink editor of Metro who praised it for its eclectic mix of tea-rooms, delicatessens, its world famous butchers and acclaimed eatery of The Greyhound.
It also hosts a range of food events during the year including the popular Trout and About Festival (August 1st) highlighting local produce.
As a prize for coming top the High Street will be made into a special Google street view online tour which will highlight all its food-related attractions.
Cllr Janet Whiteley, chairman of Stockbridge Parish Council, is delighted the High Street has been recognised in the competition.
“It’s a tremendous accolade for Stockbridge from Google who are world renowned to put Stockbridge firmly on the foodie map,” she said.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in raising people’s awareness of this competition and congratulations to Stockbridge for having such a great selection and choice of eating places.”
Local food shops include Hampshire Fare members John Robinson Butchers and Thyme & Tides Deli. John Robinson butchers won three gold, two silver and two bronze awards at this year's Great Hampshire Sausage Competition held in February. The White Hart, a Fuller's pub sources local produce for it's menu and Southern Co-operative store on the High Street stocks a range a local food and drink from Hampshire. Both Fullers and The Southern Co-operative are committed to sourcing local produce and supporting the rural economy, and are Corporate Partners of Hampshire Fare for this reason.
Other local food producers and places to eat in the surrounding area include Broughton Water Buffalo, Hildon Water, Fundamentally Fungus and Danebury Vineyard, River Test Smokery, Somborne Valley Vineyard, Leckford Estate (Waitrose) and The Peat Spade pub - click on the link below for more information or download Hampshire Fare's Directory of Local Produce.
For further information please contact Liz Bourne, Stockbridge Town manager: firstname.lastname@example.org