NUMEROUS eateries in Test Valley were winners at the prestigious Hampshire Hospitality Awards 2014.

The awards aim to highlight the best places to eat in the county and are funded by Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

Local eateries were judged in secret by Peter Birnie, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry, including six years as chief inspector for AA restaurants and hotel guides.

Local winners included Wyke Down at Andover Down, The Plough Inn at Longparish, The White Horse at Thruxton and The George Inn at Vernham Dean.

The winners received a certificate and window sticker, and the Local Produce Awardwinners will be invited to attend a special event at Leckford Farm organised by Hampshire Fare.

Peter Birnie said: “In Test Valley the quality of restaurants and inns for all budgets remains as high as ever. It is also really great to see the increasing commitment to using local produce.”

Councillor Peter Giddings, economic portfolio holder, said: “Test Valley has a wealth of fantastic places to eat and the Hampshire Hospitality Awards reflect that.

“The awards are a great way to raise the profile of local eateries and I would like to congratulate all those recognised for their excellent food and service.

More information about the borough’s winners can be found in the recently published Test Valley Visitor Guide 2014, available at testvalley.