Medway Food & Drink Awards 2021

The winners and runners-up have been unveiled in the inaugural Medway Food & Drink Awards in association with Medway Council.

The awards celebrate the very best food and drink businesses in a region that has over 1,000 venues, retailers, and suppliers all contributing to its rich and varied food scene.

The event received a total of 37,456 public votes, across the 19 categories. The winners and runners-up as follows:

Best Fine Dining Restaurant sponsored by Gusbourne Wine

    - Winner - The Pumproom at Copper Rivet Distillery
    - Runner-up - Brettington’s Steak and Lobster House

Best Casual Restaurant sponsored by Bumbu Rum

    - Winner - Cheeky Clucker
    - Runner-up - Chuck and Blade Burgers

Best International Restaurant sponsored by Merchant's Heart

    - Winner - Don Vincenzo
    - Runner-up - Ela Kendro

Best Pub sponsored by New Openings Rochester

    - Winner - Three Sheets to the Wind
    - Runner-up - Ship & Trades

Best Micropub or Taproom sponsored by Kent Cider Co.

     - Winner - The Dead Pigeon
     - Runner-up - 10:50 From Victoria

Best Bar sponsored by Crystal Head Vodka

     - Winner - The George Vaults
     - Runner-up - The Cheese Room Botanicals

Best Cocktail List sponsored by Rochester Cocktail Week

     - Winner - Oliver’s Bar & Restaurant
     - Runner-up - Poco Loco

Best Café or Coffee Shop sponsored by Owlet Fruit Juice

     - Winner - Café Nucleus Rochester
     - Runner-up - Deaf Cat Coffee

Best Garden or Terrace sponsored by Simply Ice Cream

     - Winner - Café Nucleus Chatham
     - Runner-up - Café Nucleus Rochester

Best Shop sponsored by Jonomade Gin

     - Winner - Naked Products Co.
     - Runner-up - Austen’s of Rochester

Best Service or Supplier sponsored by Medway Foodbank

      - Winner - Medway Foodbank (please note this was an unpaid/gifted sponsorships and
      Medway Foodbank had no involvement in the voting/judging process)
      - Runner-up - Austen’s of Rochester

Best Event Space sponsored by Rochester Wick Company

      - Winner - Cooling Castle Barn
      - Runner-up - The Historic Dockyard Chatham


Best Takeaway or Delivery Restaurant sponsored by

      - Winner - Chuck and Blade Burgers
      - Runner-up - The Dead Pigeon

Best Vegan Menu sponsored by Get Ready Comics

      - Winner - Café Nucleus Rochester
     -  Runner-up - Thai Four Two

Best New Opening sponsored by New Openings Medway

      - Winner - Cheeky Clucker
      - Runner-up - The Vines of Rochester

Best Hotel sponsored by Visit Medway

      - Winner - The Vines of Rochester
      - Runner-up - Ship & Trades

Best Disability Access sponsored by Orchard Employment Law

      - Winner - Rico Sabor
      - Runner-up - The Mess Deck at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Best Food Offering sponsored by It's The Biz

      - Winner - Rochester High Street
      - Runner-up - Rochester Farmers Market

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We received some fantastic nominations for the inaugural Medway Food and Drink Awards and I am pleased that more than 37,000 people voted for their favourite eateries. I would like to congratulate all of the winners, as well as the businesses which were shortlisted. The awards have showcased the quality and diversity of Medway’s ever-expanding food and drink offer.”