The South West’s finalists in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from across the region going head to head for a regional title and a shot at national glory.

The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. They are now in their twelfth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. This year we received over 7,500 nominations, meaning these finalists truly are the best of the best. The Awards are public-nomination led across five categories:

Local Food & Drink

Village Shop/ Post Office

Tourism Enterprise

Farm Enterprise


The finalists in the 2016 Rural Oscars in the South West are:

Local food/ drink category

Darts Farm, Topsham, Devon www.dartsfarm.co.uk/

Hannahs @ Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon www.discoverhannahs.org/seale-hayne/

Ducks Deli Farm Shop Café, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset

Moonbeams Farm, Wellington, Somerset www.moonbeamsland.co.uk/

Village shop / Post Office category

Ponsanooth  Village Store & Post Office, Ponsanooth, Truro, Cornwall www.ponsanoothvillagestores.co.uk/

Buckfast Post Office, Buckfast, Devon

Our Shop, Hinton St George, Somerset www.ourshophinton.org/

The Villagers Stores, Wootton Courtenay, Minehead, Somerset www.woottoncourtenayvillage.co.uk/VillageFacilities/Shop

Wren’s Shop & Post Office, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire www.eastknoyle.org.uk

Tourism enterprise category

Blackberry Farm Shop, Milton Damerel, Holsworthy, Devon www.blackberryfarmshop.co.uk/

The Langton Arms Butchery, Blandford Forum, Dorset www.thelangtonarms.co.uk/butchery.php

Luccombe Farm Holidays, Milton Abbas, Blandford, Dorset http://luccombeholidays.co.uk/

Hillside Brewery, Longhope, Gloucestershire www.hillsidebrewery.com/

Farm enterprise category

Roskilly’s, St Keverne, Helston, Cornwall www.roskillys.co.uk/

Rollestone Feeds, Kenn, Exeter, Devon www.rollestonefeeds.co.uk/

Cranborne Chase Cider, Minchington, Nr Blandford, Dorset www.facebook.com/cranbornechasecider/

Brinkworth Dairy, Brinkworth, Chippenham, Wiltshire www.brinkworthdairy.co.uk


Veyseys Butchers, Cullompton, Devon http://veyseysdevon.co.uk/

Brace of Butchers, Poundbury, Dorset www.braceofbutchers.co.uk/

Jesse Smith Butchers and Farm Shop, Cirencester, Gloucestershire http://jessesmith.co.uk/

Penleigh Butchers, Frome, Somerset www.facebook.com/penleighfarmbutchers/

Notes to:

Each business will receive a visit from judges.

Regional winners will be announced in February and will advance to the national finals.

Our regions are: South West, South East, East, Midlands, North, Wales.

The Parliamentary reception will be held at the House of Lords in London on Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Follow the Awards on Twitter @CAAwards and use the hashtag #RuralOscars

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