The Chiltern Society is passionate about supporting local eateries and food producers. An abundance of high quality pubs, farmers markets, farm shops, breweries and wineries enhance the Chilterns experience for local people and visitors alike.
Given the growing public interest in the quality of our food, we are keen to encourage these pioneers of artisan food and drink.
We want to encourage you to celebrate and enjoy the fantastic range of local food and drink on offer in the Chilterns, so in 2013 we launched our Food and Drink Award, which has now become a highly anticipated annual event. Over the last few years we have given awards to Chiltern Farm Shops, Tea Shops, Favourite Walkers’ and Cyclists’ Pubs and Artisan Bread Makers. This year we put the spotlight on Craft Beer created by our local microbreweries.
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a nice pub lunch, afternoon tea or locally produced ale?
Why not have a look at our Top Ten listings for our best suggestions of places to eat and drink across the Chilterns…
Chiltern Society Craft Beer Award 2017
In order to seek out the best Chiltern brewery, our judges visited five local breweries shortlisted from those nominated by the public to take a brewery tour, hear about their beginnings and their ambitions for the future and learn about their efforts to work in an environmentally friendly way.
The most important part of the quest was the beer tasting in July where six experts bravely sampled fifteen different beers.
We are delighted to announce the results.
North Chilterns &
Central Chilterns Winner
South Chilterns Winner
The Craft Beer Award is sponsored by NFU Mutual.
The judging panel consisted of members of the Society’s Save Our Pubs team, along with CAMRA’s central southern director, Carl Griffin.
The judges were highly impressed by the fantastic beers they sampled. Hearty congratulations to our three winners!
Tea Shop Award
House of High Tea, Berkhamsted
Walkers’ & Cyclists’ Pub Award
The Highwayman Inn, near Checkendon
Real Bread Award
The Rex, Little Chalfont