Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards for Local Food Promoters; the Journal Taste North East England Dining Venues for Honours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards for Local Food Promoters; the Journal Taste North East England Dining Venues for Honours

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Byline: Jane Hall

RESTAURANTS and cafes in County Durham are to be rewarded for championing local produce. Thirty two businesses from across the county will this Saturday become the first to be awarded a new food quality mark to celebrate the official launch of Taste-Durham.

The County Durham Tourism Partnership (CDTP) initiative aims to reward those restaurants, hotels, farm shops, cafes and bars that put local produce on the menu, support the area's food suppliers and offer a consistently high quality of service. Among those set to be honoured at a special ceremony and afternoon tea party at Durham's Gala Theatre, are Oldfields Restaurant, owned by Journal Taste food columnist Bill Oldfield, which has recently taken its support for local producers to new levels by displaying their pictures on wallboards and placemats; the awardwinning Rose & Crown Hotel at Romaldkirk and Broom Mill farm shop and visitor attraction at West Auckland in Lower Teesdale.

An inaugural TasteDurham book, featuring more than 25 recipes from the scheme's participants, will also be unveiled. Dishes include Cotherstone Cheese souffle with a light chive cream from the Rose & Crown, and Weardale Teabread from the Durham Dales Centre Tea Room in Stanhope.

Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of CDTP, said: "TasteDurham is a celebration of the county's food and drink businesses, which are among the best in the country, and rewards those who offer consistently good service and champion the use of locally sourced produce."

Each of the winners has been assessed by the national tourist board, Visit Britain, for the scheme, which is split into three tiers: highest quality assured, quality assured and local produce champion. TasteDurham businesses can earn both quality assurance award grading and the title of local produce champion. …

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