One of Buxton’s oldest businesses cooks up awards win

Martin Coles-Evans and Kelly Coles-Evans at the awards evening. Photo: Nick Johnson.
Martin Coles-Evans and Kelly Coles-Evans at the awards evening. Photo: Nick Johnson.

Buxton business Hargreaves & Son has been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Cookshop’ at the 2015 Housewares Innovation Awards.

The star-studded event, held at the Selsdon Park Hotel in Croyden on Wednesday April 22, was hosted by broadcaster and foodie fan Janet Street-Porter and TV chef, writer and cookery legend Ken Hom OBE, who presented the winners with their awards.

Competing for the title against other regional cook shops in Britain, Hargreaves was awarded the top prize along with Copperfields of Whitstable, who shared first place.

Martin Coles-Evans, from Hargreaves, said: “We must express our huge thanks and gratitude to the judging panel, and our esteemed competitors who made the evening a real celebration.

“Our team are thrilled, as you can imagine. It’s a massive achievement we’re all a part of, and that includes our customers whose custom made this award possible.”

Family-run Hargreaves, located in Spring Gardens, is one of the oldest businesses trading in Buxton. It originally opened at premises on Eagle Parade in the 1860s.

The business offers a diverse range of products, including major brands to the more unusual in gifts and cookware, and also operates a renovated Edwardian tea room.

There was also success at the awards for Bakewell Cookshop, based in Bakewell, which was highly commended in the Britain’s Best Rising Star Award category.

Earlier in the day, the sixth annual Housewares Conference took place at the same venue, with nearly 200 delegates enjoying an informative programme on the theme of ‘innovation’.

Speakers included Jeffrey Siegel, ceo of Lifetime Brands; Yvonne Stinson, trading manager for Home at Argos; Carol Paris, director general of the Horticultural Trades Association; Tom Gill, creative director, Creative Media Solutions; Sebastian Conran, ceo of product design and development studio Sebastian Conran Associates; Shanker Patel, ceo of the Lords group of Companies; retail consultant Guy Cattell; and Bruce Crane, co-owner of award-winning cookshop Loose’s of Norwich and founder of housewares distributor TiCCuk.

A highlight of the day was ‘The Street’, where delegates met and exchanged ideas during networking sessions.