The product picked up the prize after several rounds of judging by the Supreme Panel, which included names such as Shaun Hill, Antony Worrall Thompson and Mark Hix.
The final stages of the awards ceremony, which is organised by the Guild of Fine Food, took place at Fortnum & Mason in London, with each round being announced by food and drink presenter Nick Barden.
Best Scottish Speciality was won by Nevis Bakery Ltd for its Demerara Shortbread, with Glen Tender winning the Best Speciality from Northern Ireland for its Tender Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak (21 day matured).
The Speciality Importer of the Year award went to The Fresh Pasta Company, with Tea Ltd picking up the Best First Time Entrant award and Fudge's/Dorset Village Bakery Ltd walking away with the Speciality Producer of the Year award.
John Shepherd of Partridges of London was awarded the Guild of Fine Food Lifetime Achievement 2009 accolade for his years of service to the food industry.
The regional winners are as follows:
Best Speciality from South West
Sponsored by Mad for Food The Lyme Bay Winery - Jack Ratt Scrumpy
Best Speciality from the Heart of EnglandSponsored by Heart of England Fine Foods
Chase Distillery Ltd - Chase Elderflower Liqueur
Best Speciality from the East MidlandsSponsored by Fine Food Digest
Dickinson & Morris - Mini Melton Mowbray Pork Pies (six pack)
Best Speciality from Yorkshire & Humber
Sponsored by Deliciouslyorkshire The Swaledale Cheese Company Ltd - Swaledale Blue (natural rind)
Best Speciality from the North EastSponsored by Northumbria Larder Beckleberrys t/a Artisan Foods - Sloe Gin Sorbet
Best Speciality from the South EastSponsored by South East Food Group Partnership Gran Stead's Ginger - Non-alcoholic Ginger Wine
Best Speciality from the North West
Sponsored by Food Northwest More? The Artisan Bakery - Gluten-Free Muddee
Best Welsh Speciality
Sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government
Gwaun Valley Meats - Pembrokeshire Back Bacon
Best Scottish SpecialitySponsored by Scotland Food & Drink
Nevis Bakery Ltd - Demerara Shortbread
Best Speciality from Northern IrelandSponsored by Invest Northern Ireland Glen Tender - Glen Tender Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak (21 day matured)
Best Irish Speciality
Sponsored by Bord Bia
Woodcock Smokery - Smoked Salmon (wild)
Speciality Importer of the YearSponsored by Fresh RM
The Fresh Pasta Company
Best First Time EntrantSponsored The RSPCA's Freedom Food
Speciality Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Partridges of London Fudge's / Dorset Village Bakery Ltd
Guild of Fine Food Lifetime Achievement 2009 John Shepherd of Partridges
By Rosie Birkett
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