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Long Table scoops top foodie gong


Despite an uncertain future, The Long Table is toasting a major food accolade.

Following the sale of their Brimscombe Mill headquarters, the social enterprise business is due to be made homeless later this summer, but on Monday they were handed the top Gloucestershire Foodie award at a celebration of the county’s culinary expertise at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

Last year, The Long Table welcomed more than 35,000 people to eat at below-cost price – many for no charge at all – while rescuing 3.4 tonnes of food destined for the bin and paying local suppliers fair prices for the rest.

Stroud Times’ Faye Hatcher presented the top award of the evening to Long Table co-founder Tom Herbert and his team, Faye said: “It was a wonderfully fun, foodie night. Guests were seated on long tables in the historic setting of Blackfriars, so it was a great way to make new friends and contacts, whilst sharing some excellent food.

04 2024 Gloucs Foodies Awards Best CoffeeTea The Canteen presented by Fay Hatcher | Long Table scoops top foodie gong
Faye Hatcher presented Nailsworth eatery The Canteen an award for best coffee house

“It was of course so lovely to see so many Stroud winners! It really feels like we have so much to be proud of in Gloucestershire, when it comes to food and drink production and eating out experiences.

Tom was delighted to pick up the award, he said: “We were extremely honoured to come away with The Foodie Award, after the judges deemed The Long Table to embody the spirit of excellence and innovation that defines Gloucestershire’s vibrant food and drink scene – we’re truly humbled.

Pictures: Helen Yandell, hello@HelenYandellPhotography.com

04 2024 Gloucs Foodies Awards Wine and Spirits winner Lemoncello by Non Solo Pasta presented by Drew Montague | Long Table scoops top foodie gong
Drew Montague presented the wine and spirits award to Stroud’s Non-Solo-Pasta for their Lemoncello,

“So, come eat amazing food, for whatever you can afford, at an award- winning restaurant this week, and every week while we’re still at Brimscombe Mill.”

Supported by headline Sponsor Gloucester Bid and Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, this year’s awards witnessed a record number of entries across sixteen categories, including five new additions for 2024. A distinguished panel of judges, including industry experts and influencers, such as Drew Montague from Monty’s Wine Emporium, George & Stef, the Cotswold Food Bloggers and Paul Williamson, Marketing Consultant meticulously selected the deserving finalists and winners, demonstrating the talent and innovation within Gloucestershire.

04 2024 Gloucs Foodies Awards Event Caterer Birch Catering presented by Matt Fox | Long Table scoops top foodie gong
Matt Fox presented the best event caterer award to Stroud-based Birch Catering

Jonathan Smith, Founder and Director of the Foodie Awards expressed his gratitude to all attendees and supporters, emphasising the event’s role in spotlighting the tireless efforts of local businesses, the real  people and real stories in the business, in giving us great culinary treats and service.

Guests were treated to an array of tasting offerings from street food favourites, including Dirty Boys and Stockers Street Food, complemented by the delightful Spring Rhubarb and Custard Pastry Buns from Nelson Trust Kitchen.

04 2024 Gloucs Foodies Awards Vegan Taste Coco Caravan presented by Kevin Maunder | Long Table scoops top foodie gong
Coco Caravan, Stroud scooped the best vegan taste award, presented by Kevin Maunder, left, to Jacques Cöp

A spotlight and raffle were given to the NEW Charity chosen charity in 2024 Let’s Cook with Josie. A one-woman inspiration based in Cheltenham running this CIC to support underprivileged and challenging kids with cooking skills. Josie, the founder, expressed her overwhelming gratitude for the room’s support and generosity. Over £750 was raised. It costs £30 per person for an adult or child to attend a group class.  For more information, please visit https://www.feedinggloucestershire.org.uk/lets-cook-with-josie-cic-2/.

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