Hampshire Fare is tasting just fine!

Hampshire Fare is tasting just fine!

Great Taste has been discovering exceptional food and drink since 1994 with more than 100,000 products having been judged over the years. The Great Taste logo has become recognised as a stamp of quality on many of our favourite foods and drinks.

Over 500 judges working in small teams judged 12,634 food and drink products this year at 65 judging days, from March through to early July 2018.  They awarded one-, two or three-stars to the foods that deserved it and one of the judges on each team captured constructive feedback for the producers who didn’t quite make the grade.

The local food group, Hampshire Fare works closely with many of the county’s winners to support and promote their businesses. Commercial Manager, Tracy Nash, commented on this year’s success at the awards: “It is great to see so many of Hampshire’s great producers being recognised in these awards, they really do make a difference to their businesses.  From cheeses, pies, meats, ice-cream, chocolates to juices and oils. Hampshire Fare members have really shone bright in this year’s Taste awards that is for sure.

The Farmers Butcher at Bramshaw Mike Alexander commented: "We are chuffed to bits to announce we have been awarded a Great Taste 1 star for our unsmoked dry cured back bacon. Our first time entering these awards."

Reaction from Jon Kaye from Jakes Artisan Foods: “For those in the know, Jake’s is a bit special, a little bit of luxury that challenges common preconceptions about what a pork pie actually is or can be. They’re not surprised that it’s been awarded a Great Taste star. They get the Jake’s philosophy: simplicity of ingredients and process, free-range pork, a commitment to producing and sourcing in and around Hampshire, and of course a great taste. That’s the best feeling you can get. Recognition by the Guild of Fine Foods is the icing on the cake”

Read more about the Great Taste Awards.

Congratulations to our members!

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A Pinch of Salt, Curing Company
Dry cured Hampshire Pork Collar - 1 star

Anvil Coffee Roasters
Anvil #3 - 2 star

Briddlesford Farm Dairy
Briddlesford Cheddar - 2 star
Briddlesford Double Cream - 2 star
Briddlesford Halloumi style cheese - 1 star
Briddlesford Whole milk - 1 star
Briddlesford Semi Skimmed milk - 1 star

Chalk Stream Foods Ltd
Fresh Chalk Stream Trout - 1 star
Dry Cured, Cold Oak Smoked Chalk Stream Trout - 1 star

Charlotte Brown's Handmade
Tomato Relish - 1 star

Blackcurrant Beauty - 3 star
Purely Pistachio - 2 star
Salcombe Gin - 2 star
Madgascar 65% Mega Milk bar - 2 star
Chocolate Salami - 2 star
Conkered Coffee - 1 star

Conker Spirit
Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur - 3 star

FNK Pies
Cauliflower, Fennel & Pea Tagine Pie - 1 star

Jake's Artisan Foods
Jake’s Hand-Cut Pork Pie - 1 star

Jude's Ice Cream
Salted Caramel Dairy Ice Cream - 2 star
Salted Caramel with Swirl & Pieces Dairy Ice Cream - 2 star
Black Coconut Dairy Ice Cream - 1 star
Sticky Toffee Pudding Dairy Ice Cream - 1 star

Laverstoke Park Farm
Laverstoke Park Raspberry and Lime Lolly - 2 star
Laverstoke Park Naturally Creamy Ice Cream - 2 star
Laverstoke Park Coffee Ice Cream - 1 star

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers
Stoney Cross - 2 star
Old Winchester Extra Mature - 2 star
Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked - 1 star

Momo's Homemade Artisan Preserves
Lime Marmalade Fine Shred - 2 star

Mud Foods Ltd
Game Pie - 1 star
Lamb, Redcurrant & Rosemary Pie - 1 star

Naked Jam
Raspberry & Elderflower Jam - 1 star

Owtons Butchers
Traditional Faggots - 2 star
Fullers Chalcroft Farm Burger - 2 star
Owtons Black Pudding - 1 star

Summerdown Farms Ltd
Summerdown Peppermint Tea - 2 star
Summerdown Chocolate Peppermint Creams - 1 star

The Cold Pressed Oil Company Ltd
Pure Rapeseed Oil - 2 star

The Farmers Butcher
Unsmoked Dry Cured Back Bacon - 1 star

The Hog Shack
Hog Shack Safari Biltong - 1 star
Hog Shack Piri Piri Biltong - 1 star

The Meon Spirit Company T/A Hill Farm Juice
English Ashmead's Kernel Apple Juice - 2 star
English Cox & Bramley Apple Juice - 1 star

The Nut Butter Company
All Natural Peanut Butter – Crunchy - 1 star

The Real Jam & Chutney Company Limited
Crunchy Piccalilli - 1 star

The Tomato Stall
Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1 star

Turner Hardy & Co
Turner Hardy & Co, Lightly Spiced Tomato, Proper Lively Juice- 2 star

Two Hoots Cheese
Barkham Blue- 2 star

Wild Island
Spiced Fig Balsamic Dressing & Dip- 1 star





Hill Farm Juice
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Hill Farm Juice

Will Dobson is behind this family owned and run juice business, assisted by a team of dedicated local staff.

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Conker Spirit
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Conker Spirit

Nestled in the backstreets of Bournemouth, Conker Spirit is Dorset’s first gin distillery.

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Two Hoots Cheese
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Two Hoots Cheese

An award-winning handmade blue cheese created on the Hampshire/Berkshire boarder.

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Launched by husband and wife team Andy and Claire Burnet, Chococo have been making fine chocolates in Dorset since 2002.

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