Game company named best meat retailer in Kent

Godmersham Game was named Kent Meat Retailer of the Year 2012 for the second year running at the Taste of Kent Awards last week (2 March 2012).

The company, which is based in Godmersham, near Canterbury, was praised by judges for its “great product knowledge and service”. Owner Phil Miles said: “I am delighted and surprised to win the award again for the second consecutive year, which is very unusual for a Taste of Kent Award. We have been shortlisted for the Kent Meat Retailer for the Year for five years now, and it is wonderful to be able to retain the trophy for a second year.”

A total of 15 awards were given out at the Taste of Kent Awards dinner, which took place at the Oakwood House Hotel, Maidstone, and was hosted by BBC Radio Kent’s Saturday morning presenter Matthew Davies.

Julie Monkman, manager at Produced in Kent, which organises the event, said: “Tonight we have been celebrating the county’s food, drink and farming heroes. It has been wonderful to recognise not only the outstanding food and drink producers, the food retailers, farmers’ markets and best dining experiences in Kent, but for the first time to reward the farming community too.

“We recognise and applaud the incredible role they play as proactive custodians of the ‘Garden of England’ and it is little wonder that the two key reasons people visit Kent are for our outstanding food and views. Many of the winners here really are creating ‘edible views’ in our county and Produced in Kent congratulates them all.”

Other winners on the night included: The Marquis of Alkham, in Alkham, Dover which won the Kent Restaurant of the Year award; Sankey’s of Tunbridge Wells, which took the Kent Seafood Retailer of the Year award; Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, which made it three years in a row as Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year; and the late Michael Barry OBE, who was awarded the first-ever Produced in Kent Special Award, which was collected by his widow Jennie Bukht.