Best Scone NI Competition receives almost 15,000 votes

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the success of its competition, Best Scones NI which received almost 15,000 public votes for 107 local businesses across the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 7:52 am

The search to find the best scones in cafes, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland was launched by the Dairy Council in August as part of a campaign to support local hospitality businesses across Northern Ireland who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign is part of a wider European programme and is partly funded by the EU.

Following the vote of the general public, it is now down to the judges to make their final decision on who they think is worthy of the £1,000 hospitality voucher prize and the title, Northern Ireland’s Best Scone 2021.

The judging panel includes local celebrity chef, Paula McIntyre, food education consultant, Glynis Henderson and Dairy Council NI representative, Valerie Rossborough. The three strong panel will visit the fifteen café, hotel and restaurant finalists across Northern Ireland in the bid to find the Best Scone in NI.

'The judges for the Dairy Council NI's Best Scone NI competition celebrating almost 15,000 public votes. The judging panel includes local celebrity chef, Paula McIntyre, food education consultant, Glynis Henderson and Dairy Council NI representative, Valerie Rossborough. The three strong panel will visit the fifteen café, hotel and restaurant finalists across Northern Ireland in the bid to find the Best Scone in NI"

Paula McIntyre, who recently debuted her new BBC one show Hamley Kitchen focusing on local produce, comments:“It is fantastic to see such huge engagement from the general public of Northern Ireland for this competition. Each and every one of our entries this year were of an incredibly high standard. I look forward to visiting and tasting great produce from our top fifteen hospitality businesses.”

Our fifteen finalists include the following: Café Vic-Ryn, Ciara’s Home Bakes, Espresso at Etc, Patricia’s Coffee House, The Cottage Coffee Shop, Adair Arms Hotel, Dobbins Inn Hotel, Leona’s Tea Room at Magherabuoy House, Oranmore House, The Conservatory – Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Harrisons of Greyabbey, Logans Restaurant and Café, Restaurant Sorrento, The Dairy and the Millwheel Restaurant.

The winners will be announced on 18th October in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast. To find out more information about our competition, visit www.bestsconesni.com.