Rural Oscars the name now sin ominous with the Countryside Alliance Awards reveal the class of 2019. The finalists for Wales in the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from across the region going head to head for a regional title and a shot at national glory.
The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. They are now in their fourteenth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. This year we received over 17,000 nominations, meaning these finalists truly are the best of the best. The Awards are public-nomination led across five categories:
- Local Food & Drink
- Village Shop/ Post Office
- Rural Enterprise
The finalists in the 2019 Rural Oscars in Wales are:
Rural Oscars Local food/ drink category
Drovers Rest Restaurant, Dolcoed Road, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys LD5 4RA
The Decent Company, Morningside Cottage, Clydach, Abergavenny, Sir Fynwy, NP7 0LH
Crwst, Priory Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1BU (shown above and right)
Rural Oscars Village shop / Post Office category
Llangurig P.O. & Stores, Llangurig, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6SG
Rhydymwyn General Store, Denbighshire Road, Rhydymwyn, Flintshire CH7 5HE (shown left)
Blaenavon Post Office, 12 Broad Street, Blaenavon, Torfaen NP4 9ND
Rural Oscars Butcher category
Morgan’s Pori Gwych, Water Street, Caerwys, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5AT
T Samways Butcher, Bradford House, 53A Pendre, Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1JR (Shown Left)
Clwyd Williams Family Butchers, 4 Kinmel Terrace, Llandyrnog, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 4HG
Rural Oscars Rural Enterprise category
South Denbighshire Community Partnership, Canolfan Ni, London Road, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0DP
The Crafters Cwtch, 11 Pendre, Cardigan, Sir Ceredigion SA43 1JL
Bargoed Farm: Lakeside Caravan, Camping and Glamping Park, Bargoed, Llwyncelyn, Aberaeron, Sir Ceredigion SA46 0HL
Rural Oscars Pub category
Penybont Inn, Llanfynydd, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA32 7TG
Iorwerth Arms, 48 High Street, Bryngwran, Holyhead, Sir Ynys Mon LL65 3PP (shown left)
The Golden Lion, Llandyrnog, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 4YG
Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars Awards Director Sarah Lee commented: “We received a record breaking 17,000 nominations this year showing just how much the public values and supports our hard-working rural businesses. All of the finalists should be really proud to have gotten this far as it shows just how valued they are in their rural communities. The Countryside Alliance is honoured to offer a voice to rural business in this way and recognise all the hard work that is done. I look forward to getting out and visiting these fantastic businesses as judging gets underway.”
Rural Oscars Notes
- To see the finalists from other regions please click here.
- Each business will receive a visit from judges.
- More information about the awards can be found online here: countryside-alliance.org/caawards
- Welsh Rural Oscars Champions will be declared at the Norwegian Church (Cardiff) in May and will join English finalists at the Houses of Parliament in May.
- Overall champions are chosen by a judging panel which includes Waitrose Food Editor and Masterchef judge, William Sitwell, Philip Johnston, Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Emma Penny of Farmers Guardian, Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm (and founder of Borough Market), Clarissa Dickson Wright’s friend Sally Merison, Baroness Mallalieu and Tim Bonner, CEO of the Countryside Alliance. Meet the judges here.
- The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award, set up in memory of the celebrated cook and countryside campaigner, will be the regional winner displaying the biggest commitment to food and farming, campaigning and education.