Joy as Flavours of Herriot Country Awards to return for 2022

Awards News

Hannah ChapmanOriginal article by Hannah Chapman, Editor, Darlington & Stockton Times


AFTER a long and enforced absence, the organisers of the Flavours of Herriot Country Awards have announced the return of the event for 2022.

Now in their ninth year, the awards celebrate the best of food and drink businesses in Herriot Country, covering Richmondshire and Hambleton.

The 2022 awards will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Solberge Hall, near Northallerton.

Elly Fiorentini, BBC Radio York presenter, will be hosting and presenting the awards, which will feature 12 categories, offering an ideal opportunity for businesses to be recognised for their achievements over the past year.

The awards are easy to enter, and there are some top tips on what the judges will be looking for to help people complete their nominations.


Elly Fiorentini of Radio York will host the awards

Elly Fiorentini of Radio York will host the awards

The closing date is midnight on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Tickets for the awards are £25, and will be available to buy once the finalists have been announced.

Flavours of Herriot will return for 2022

Irene Myers, chair of the Flavours of Herriot Country Awards, said: “It will be a very special, memorable and exciting awards event in May next year, for many reasons. A time for us to get together and congratulate each other, and to really celebrate everyone’s incredible achievements, despite the fragile climate we have all been faced with.

“A credit to you all for drawing on your resources, diversifying, supporting your communities, feeding those in need, offering food deliveries and working so hard, sometimes against the odds, to make sure all this happened. This is what the awards will be about, to recognise all the hard work, going that extra tough mile, alongside running your day to day businesses.


Irene Myers

Irene Myers

“We can’t wait for all your entries to come rolling in, to hear how you made a difference, and how your business has grown in strength, and determination. We want to applaud you!”

The judging process involves some of the most experienced and highly regarded food and drink experts in the region, headed by chair of judges, Susie Brindley, who said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be back again, chairing the judging process for the Flavours Of Herriot Awards 2022.


Chair of judges, Susie Brindley

Chair of judges, Susie Brindley

“After an enforced break, our return is even more welcome as this will be an opportunity to recognise and reward the resilience and fortitude of our amazing Herriot Country businesses, producers and makers. The tough process of selecting the finalists and winners for the 2022 awards will be carried out by our independent judges, and once again, I have no doubt that this will be an incredibly hard task for everyone concerned.

“In previous years, the high standard of nominations, and the extraordinary people and accomplishments are truly remarkable, however, in 2020 and 2021, in our eyes, every single nominee deserves praise for what they have achieved.”

The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards, in association with the Darlington & Stockton Times and BBC Radio York, sponsored by Hambleton District Council



Categories and sponsors

  • Breakfast of the Year (Herriot Country Tourism Group)
  • Tea Room of the Year (Solberge Hall, Classic Lodges)
  • Local Product of the Year (Shepherds Purse Cheeses)
  • Specialist Retailer of the Year (Rounton Coffee)
  • Afternoon Tea of the Year (TT Installations Ltd)
  • Pub Food of the Year (Hambleton Brewery​)
  • Restaurant of the Year (Hambleton District Council)
  • Baked Product of the Year (The Yorkshire Tour Guide)
  • Customer Service Team of the Year (Grand Central Rail)
  • Locally Produced Beer of the Year (Barker Partnership)
  • Young Professional Chef of the Year (North Yorkshire County Council)
  • Readers Choice Awards (Darlington & Stockton Times)