Sunday, 22 December 2019

National Trust Sconepals' Choice Award 2019

There's only one short week to go until I announce my top National Trust Scone of 2019. I visited a whopping 36 NT properties this year so it's going to be a very difficult decision. But before I declare my own winner, I asked you all to vote for your favourites of the past 12 months. 

So without further ado, let's get the big golden envelopes out and ask our adjudicators to stand at the side of the stage with their briefcases but not mess things up, a la the Oscars in 2017.  

53 properties got at least one vote this year, so bravo to all of those expert scone bakers who wowed us throughout the year. 

However, there can only be one winner.

So eyes down as we reveal, in reverse order:

In third place! It's Fountains Abbey!



In second place, our runner-up! It's Treasurer's House in York!



And in first place, the Sconepals' Choice of 2019 is...



It's Ickworth! 

Congratulations to the team at Ickworth. It's a few years since I went there, so it's clearly time to go back. You can read about my scone mission to Ickworth here.

A huge well done and thank you to all of the National Trust baking teams across the land. Among the honourable mentions this year were: 

Blickling
Buckland Abbey
Flatford
Goddards
Hardwick Hall
Shugborough
Sizergh Castle
Attingham Park
Carnewas
Charlecote
Cotehele
Felbrigg
Hidcote
Lavenham Guildhall
Nostell
Quarry Bank
Acorn Bank
Arlington
Avebury
Basildon Park
Calke Abbey
Castle Drogo
Clumber Park
Coleton Fishacre
Croome
Dunham Massey
Fell Foot
Gibside
Gunby Hall
Houghton Mill
Killerton
Kinver Edge
Knole
Lanhydrock
Lyme Park
Lytes Cary Manor
Nymans
Osterley
Oxburgh Hall
Packwood
Penrhyn Castle
Powis Castle
Scotney Castle
Stackpole
Stourhead
Sutton Hoo
Tyntesfield
Waddesdon Manor
Wentworth Castle Gardens
Wightwick Manor

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to everyone that voted and to everyone that has continued to send in scone pictures this year. 

With a fair wind, 2020 will be the final year of this National Trust Scone Quest, so keep your photos coming - I love to see where you've been (and what you've eaten). 

Look out for the National Trust Scone Blogger's Scone of 2019 - I'll be announcing my honours list next week!

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