Alfred Enderby's traditionally smoked salmon is the pride of the region

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Aug 2018

Alfred Enderby’s Traditionally Smoked Salmon has secured a spectacular three star rating in the 2018 Great Taste Awards.

The Grimsby premium dish is flying the flag and leading the pack when it comes to quality and provenance in the Humber region according to the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of what is billed as 'The Oscars of fine food and drink'.

The high profile billing puts it in the top three per cent nationwide in the 'epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize'.

And Enderby's Traditionally Smoked Haddock has also netted a two star rating, making it a phenomenal first time double for the docks-based business, taken on by Patrick Salmon in December 2016 from the retiring son of Alfred, Richard Enderby.

When taking the helm, the loyal customer and former equity partner in Grimsby payment processor Cardsave vowed to build on a "brilliant brand," and with a first retail listing into Lincolnshire Co-op and now such an esteemed national accolade, he has stayed true to his words.

Joining his haddock on two stars is Pipers Crisps’ Burrow Hill Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt, ahead of four flavours all awarded a single star for the Elsham Wold-based long-term collector of Great Taste accolades. Winning are Lye Cross Cheddar & Onion, Kirkby Malham Chorizo, Karnataka Black Pepper & Sea Salt and Biggleswade Sweet Chilli.

On the North Bank the beers brought the cheers with clinking two stars, as Liquorice Lads Stout from Great Newsome Brewery and Marmalade Porter from Wold Top Brewery were celebrated along with Seaton Ross’ St Helen’s Farm Goats Butter. It took a further five single stars, with Great Newsome adding two more and Wold Top a further accolade.

Two hat-tricks of single star awards were landed by Three Little Pigs of Dalton Holme, near Beverley and T Soanes & Son Poultry of Middleton-on-the-Wolds, near Driffield.

Three Little Pigs’ range of air dried snacking sticks was recognised, having been brought forward under the brand, which models itself as a perfectionist producer of cured meats, developed by the fifth generation of the Clark family holding.

T Soanes & Son Poultry, in its 71st year of agri-food, won for its Yorkshire Grain Fed Chicken Supreme and Fillet, as well as Cockerel Crown.  

Staal Smokehouse’s Smoked Mackerel brought a star back to Long Riston, with Drewton’s of South Cave earning recognition for its Sticky Toffee Pudding, with Pocklington’s Taste of Yorkshire earning a star for its Ginger Shortbread Bites. 

A third fish win for the region came for BigFish Brand Traditional Oak Smoked Salmon from JCS Fish in Grimsby, as it too received a Great Taste star. 

In 2018 more than 500 judges, including specially trained food writers inputting judges’ comments, came together at 65 judging days from March through to early July.

The judges, from all corners of the food world, blind-tasted in teams of three or four ensuring a balance of expertise, age and gender. 

It comes as East Yorkshire-based Papa's is revealed to have two entries in the longlist for the 2019 Fish and Chip Shop of the Year. Both Cleethorpes Pier, which it claims is the world's largest, and Hull's Gutter Lane outlet are featured for East of England and North East England respectively, with Whiteheads Fish & Chips in Hornsea also competing in the latter category. 

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