Small businesses are the heart and soul of our region and when we asked you to tell us about your favourites you did not disappoint.
With over 2,000 nominations made, choosing five small businesses to each receive a recovery package worth £12,000 was challenging. But after much deliberation our judging panel selected the five winners below.
The French Horn – Alton
This traditional Alton country gastropub boasts an impressive and flower-filled garden, making it a perfect location for a sunny afternoon and hearty lunch. Home-cooked food is the highlight here, and ale-lovers can raise a glass to a plentiful selection of local beers.
Amanda and Matthew run Suttons Coffee Shop with their family. Founded in 1878 by the Sutton family as a grocery store, it’s believed to be the oldest team rooms in Weymouth. And there’s a reason they’ve lasted so long – aside from their own special “Suttons Blend” of coffee, the shop is known for its cosy atmosphere, great service and much-loved steak and kidney pies. So whether you’re looking for a delicious breakfast to start your day at the beach, or the a coffee and cake on a rainy afternoon, Suttons is well worth a visit.
During the past few months, the Cross Keys has been at the heart of its community in Sherborne and added a new chapter to its proud 200-year history. As things return to normal, this food focused pub once again offers visitors a warm welcome and a homemade menu using local and artisan ingredients. Its delicious Sunday roasts and array of cocktails are perfect for a weekend day out.
Melaney looks after her guest house with pride – making it one of the most popular in the town. Overlooking Weymouth Bay and just yards away from the beach and seafront, it’s an ideal spot for a weekend by the coast. Breakfast is made from locally sourced food giving you a real taste of the region – as well as helping local suppliers and the environment.
The Swan Inn is a highlight for the local community in Bedhampton. A family friendly garden, delicious homecooked meals and friendly staff make it a great place to stop off if you’re exploring the Portsmouth area.