North Devon eateries shone brightly at the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards on Thursday.

Held at Sandy Park, the Devon Life awards are a celebration of the best food and drink across the county.

Dan ‘the Fishman’ Garnett was awarded Food and Drink Hero of the year, sponsored by Darts Farm.

The Coffee Cabin in Appledore won best tea room (sponsored by Radio Exe), for which Lynmouth Bay Cafe was also shortlisted.

Sue and Anthony Johns of Johns of Appledore, with sponsor Kerry Hogan from NFU Mutual. Picture: Matt AustinSue and Anthony Johns of Johns of Appledore, with sponsor Kerry Hogan from NFU Mutual. Picture: Matt Austin

Fremington Quay won the Family Dining Award, which was sponsored by Sandy Park.

Johns of Instow won best independent retailer of the year, sponsored by NFU Mutual.

Owner Sue Johns said: “We’re incredibly excited to win Independent Food Retailer of the Year.

Family dining award winners Fremington Quay caf�: Pictured with Bev Gratton from sponsors Sandy Park are: Yasmin Braund, Megan Butler, Helen Levick, Charlotte Lock, Simon Eagles and Paul Duffy
. Picture: Matt AustinFamily dining award winners Fremington Quay caf�: Pictured with Bev Gratton from sponsors Sandy Park are: Yasmin Braund, Megan Butler, Helen Levick, Charlotte Lock, Simon Eagles and Paul Duffy . Picture: Matt Austin

“An award that’s come from our loyal customers and through mystery shopping is special.

“So proud of our amazing team and the impressive haul of awards for North Devon food and drink businesses with huge congratulations too to The Coffee Cabin, Dan the Fisherman and Fremington Quay Café.”

As well as the winners, several businesses were also shortlisted for awards and attended the evening.

Dan Garnett, Food Hero, with James Dart of Darts Farm (sponsors) Picture: Matt AustinDan Garnett, Food Hero, with James Dart of Darts Farm (sponsors) Picture: Matt Austin

Higher Hacknell Organic Farm in Umberleigh was shortlisted for food product of the year.

Custom House in Barnstaple was shortlisted for customer service award; The Coach House in Kentisbury for restaurant of the year; and The Cupcakery in Barnstaple for newcomer of the year.

See a full list of all those shortlisted and the winners here.