Introducing the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 headline sponsors

PUBLISHED: 15:40 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:41 17 May 2016

Vote for your favourite places at the website above

Vote for your favourite places at the website above


We are proud to announce two of Hertfordshire’s leading businesses, an award-winning hotel and a destination shopping centre, are the main sponsors of the inaugural Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards

Christopher PlaceChristopher Place

Christopher Place Shopping Centre

Centred around a mall in the heart of historic St Albans, Christopher Place is the shopping and dining centre with the most stylish brands in fashion, food and services.

Top brand names include L.K. Bennett, Hobbs, French Connection and Whistles, all of whom offer the latest designer looks straight from the catwalk.

The best in home decoration can also be found at Christopher Place – from linens and accessories in The White Company through to limited edition prints and original art in Whitewall Galleries as well as luxury bedroom furniture and decorative pieces from Feather & Black.


Accessory lovers will delight in the iconic collection of jewellery for women at Links of London with contemporary silver jewellery and classic watches as well as the very latest in designer glasses from Specsavers.

For a luxurious, sensory experience, visitors can enjoy the best in organic products and treatments at Neal’s Yard Remedies or try the latest beauty products from around the world in Space NK before getting their hair styled at GREYS Hairdressing or Wacky Barber or their nails done at Rose Nail Bar.

The little ones are not neglected with fashion and gifts at JoJo Maman Bébé while older children will enjoy the large collection of toys and micro-scooters in Cuthbert Toys and the extensive range of stationery, gifts and accessories in Tiger.

Expert services include a recently-upgraded and fully-equipped Fitness First gym and Spar Clean Car Valet.

Kanuka TeaKanuka Tea

As well as premium brands, Christopher Place also offers an amazing selection of food and drink, from the Italian cuisine and deli at Carluccio’s to the delicious pizzas and scrumptious salads at Prezzo and Zizzi.

Visitors can also enjoy award-winning Asian-inspired noodles at Wagamama or buy that perfect sweet treat or desert from the unique Pudding Stop.

And that is not to overlook the extensive range of spirits on offer at Tomoka Spirits Boutique, many of them rare or exclusive (such as its range of own-label rums), and the newly-opened Kanuka Tea shop with its collection of snacks and unusual teas (including Naughty varieties).

With such a diverse range of delicious food and drink available, it is not surprising that Christopher Place is delighted to be headline co-sponsor of the very first Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

Mews courtyard at Sopwell HouseMews courtyard at Sopwell House

Sopwell House

Nestled in 12 acres of tranquil Hertfordshire gardens, yet only a stone’s throw from London, Sopwell House offers a hidden sanctuary and peaceful retreat. The luxury hotel and spa is family-run with a dedicated team and a host of sophisticated facilities and ensures a warm welcome.

Following a long planning process, the hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishments and offers a range of special facilities. In summary, the property features 128 newly-refurbished stylish rooms and suites, including 16 private exclusive mews suites, fine-dining and brasserie restaurants, charming bars and lounges and a relaxing spa. The conference and function rooms also make the venue a perfect place for weddings, events, business meetings and conferences.

Sopwell HouseSopwell House

Afternoon tea can be taken in our classically stylish and intimate cocktail lounge or alternatively in the comfort of the Conservatory overlooking the terrace. Both offer a place to relax and enjoy the selection of sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and tea pastries along with luxury tea or coffee or perhaps a glass of champagne. The cocktail bar offers an exciting repertoire of cocktails and drinks, from classics such as our Margarita or the Cuban freshness of our Mojito to our signature Mountbatten. It is a great location to unwind.

The bright and open brasserie is the perfect place for relaxed dining with views of the Japanese gardens and landscaped grounds beyond. Here, classic dishes are inspired by global cuisines with an abundance of choices for breakfast, lunch and à la carte or set menu for dinner. The fine-dining restaurant, with its AA rosette and award-winning status, offers a tantalising choice of dishes, created by our executive head chef with locally-sourced ingredients that change with the seasons. Whether a business dinner or an intimate dinner for two, the elegant setting of the restaurant is a great place to sample modern British and European cuisine served by our welcoming restaurant team.

Our serene spa is the perfect retreat and offers some of the finest leisure, health and beauty facilities in Hertfordshire. Whether you are seeking a spa break with friends or a luxury day of pampering on your own, this is the place for your rejuvenation. Designed by Sparcstudio, the multi-award winning designers and architects, spa facilities include a 14.5 meter swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, starlit steam room, glass-fronted sauna and curved mosaic-lined experience showers with a luxurious heated mosaic seat. For relaxation, our spa treatments offer the ultimate in pampering – ESPA and Clarins products combined with a professional, experienced spa team guarantee to leave you looking and feeling refreshed, revitalised and at your very best.

Due to our keen interest and passion for food and drink at Sopwell, we are immensely proud and honoured to be headline co-sponsor of the Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards. It will be a truly inspirational event, which we are delighted to be a part of.

The Brasserie, Sopwell HouseThe Brasserie, Sopwell House

To vote for your favourite Hertfordshire food and drink places (or nominate your own business or staff) for one of the 12 awards categories, go to the dedicated website,

Voting closes on August 26.

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