STAFFORD eating venues were celebrating this morning after winning accolades at last night's Taste of Staffordshire Awards.
The prestigious event at Keele Hall, Keele University saw the cream of the county compete for excellence in food and service.
And Stafford's Post House took one of the top honours, being named best restaurant. The Moat House, Acton Trussell served up the best breakfast while Trentham's Grown and Green deli was judged best retailer. Wedgwood Visitor Centre at Barlaston was attraction of the year.
Awards patron Sarah Willingham said:"Success breeds success. Hopefully it will not be long before we are looking at a Michelin star in Staffordshire."
Cullens, of Stone, run by former Staffordshire Masterchef Richard Cullen was runner-up in the fine dining experience category while Canalside Farm Great Haywood was Farm Shop runner-up.
The full honours list:
The Special Award for Happiest Atmosphere: The Apple Tree Coffee Shop & Delicatessen, Barton Marina.
The Special Award for Enthusiasm and Motivation: Misco’s Chocolates and Truffles, Leek
Grower of the Year: Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, Denstone.
Manufacturer of the Year: Essington Fruit Farm, Essington.
Farm Shop of the Year: Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café, Denstone.
Retailer of the Year: Brown & Green, Trentham.
Tea Room of the Year: Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, Denstone.
Traditional Pub of the Year: The Middle Bell Pub, Barton-Under-Needwood.
Brasserie of the Year: Netherstowe House, Lichfield.
Fine Dining Experience of the Year: Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield.
Best Breakfast: The Moat House, Acton Trussell
Visitor Attraction of the Year: Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Barlaston.
Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Churchill China:
The Post House, Stafford.