Winners of the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2016
PUBLISHED: 09:50 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:59 17 October 2016
The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards were bigger than ever in 2016 with a fantastic ceremony taking place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Thursday 6 October. Here we announce the winners
Judges visited each of their category finalists in recent weeks, before Sussex’s food, drink and hospitality industries gathered in Brighton for the black tie awards ceremony to discover who had won what.
With grateful thanks to our headline sponsor Pressleys Jewellers.
Green Company of the Year
Sponsored by 50 Cycles
We all want to ensure that Sussex is looked after and preserved in all its glorious beauty for generations to come. This company is environmentally friendly, sustainable and evangelical about issues affecting our countryside.
Entertainment Venue of the Year
Sponsored by Belle Tout Lighthouse
When entertainment is done properly, it can bring you memories that will last a lifetime. This could be music, theatre, comedy or in fact any form of entertainment.
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by Paint Pot
Our area is constantly evolving and moving with the times, with new businesses popping up on our high streets all the time. What’s new around you? A pub? A shop? A restaurant? This category was open to a company launched less than 18 months ago.
Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year
Sponsored by Bella Vou
We go to tea and coffee shops for the atmosphere, the service, the quality of the food and drink on offer, and of course the friendly faces that we see there.
Spa of the Year
Sponsored by Cuckfield Bathrooms
With the frantic pace of the modern digital age sometimes we all need some me-time. This spa is the perfect place to do just that. A real haven with beautiful décor and a tranquil atmosphere, quality and professionalism of treatments are vital.
Best Family Dining
Sponsored by Colliers Kitchens
Getting the generations together around one table can present its challenges. The best family dining winner will welcome young and old alike, be able to cope with all sorts of dietary requirements and quite literally have something for everyone.
Hotelier of the Year
Sponsored by Rathfinny
The winner will have both passion and dedication for making sure their hotel runs smoothly, but that’s just the start. They take that extra step to provide a great service to customers and they know their local area like the back of their hand.
Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Nepcote Financial
Sussex is blessed with fantastic restaurants. Perhaps it was the local endeavour just around the corner that produces simple dishes but does them really well, has a great atmosphere and fantastic service.
High Street Hero
Sponsored by Witterings Dental
With national companies dominating our high streets, local businesses have to offer something to stand out. We want to salute the people that make our high streets special.
Pub of the Year
Sponsored by John Murray Butchers
For a favourite pub that could: serve Sussex ales and wine, host a great quiz night, support the local community or provide a haven for locals; or all of the above!
Sussex Visitor Attraction
Sponsored by Seaford College
We all know of at least one place in Sussex that we love to show off about to those unlucky enough to live elsewhere. We have dozens of iconic properties landmarks and attractions here.
Outstanding Customer Service
Sponsored by Cornerstone Environments
Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company in question. It could be a maitre’d, a hotelier, or a cashier at the local pet shop.
Farm Shop of the Year
Sponsored by Covers Timber & Builders Merchants
Here, provenance and knowledge are key to good customer service. Whether they are selling meat from their rare breed herd, honey from their own hives or homemade cheese, the winner must exemplify the field to fork philosophy.
Food and Drink Innovation
Sponsored by Pac N Vac
The winner of Food and Drink Innovation could be a beverage, a sweet treat or even something like an app.
Festival of the Year
Sponsored by Sussex Air Imaging
There are festivals here that celebrate food, music, fashion – pretty much anything, in fact. The festival of the year must be a fantastic addition to the local area, involving and celebrating local people, accessible to all and drives footfall and revenue into the county.
Services to the Community
Sponsored by Melrose Care
This person, company or organisation has local interests at heart and does a tremendous amount of good for their local area.
Sussex Life Hero
Sponsored by Pressleys Jewellers
This category celebrates those who make a tangible difference to the lives of people here in Sussex. This will be someone active in local charities or voluntary service who deserves recognition for their endeavours.