The owners of a village shop are celebrating after their business was recognised as one of three best food and drink independents in Leicestershire an Rutland according to the Great Food Club.
Ben and Jo Meacock, of Thrussington’s Village Store, were delighted to have been selected as winners from a shortlist of 54 businesses including noteable entrants Nice Pie, in Old Dalby and The Red Lion Inn, in Stathern.
The shortlist was created after a public vote held between March and June attracted 1,750 nominations, with the top vote-winners making it through to the judging process.
Mr Meacock said: “It was a complete surprise to be given this title but we’re thrilled. We know the competition was strong and didn’t think we’d win so it’s great to have been recognised.
“As a business we’re evolving all the time and have just applied for planning permission to double the size of our tea room so to hear this news gives us a timely boost.”
In February, Thrussington Village Store also won a national award for being rated highly commended in the ‘Local Shop’ category of the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2015.
The other two winners of the of the best food independents in Leicestershire an Rutland as revealed by the Great Food Club were The Olive Branch, in Clipsham and Hambleton Bakery, in Exton.
Great Food Club in Melton, is an online food and drink guide magazine that celebrates food and drink independents in the midlands. It has over 6,500 members and a growing recommended network of more than 200 local businesses, from breweries to street-food stalls and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Many shops and businesses recommended by Great Food Club offer special deals and discounts to Great Food Club members.