A farm shop is celebrating after winning a gong in ‘the rural Oscars’.

The Brize Norton shop won the best local food business award in the South East region of the Countryside Alliance Awards.

The awards celebrate rural life, produce and communities and Foxbury was recognised for promoting high-quality local produce.

Foxbury Farm owner Colin Dawes, pictured, said “We are all delighted.

“With the doom and gloom in the country, it is a great start to 2012 to win such a prestigious award in a competition which is fiercely competitive.”

He said he was now looking forward to going on to the grand final, at the House of Lords on March 7.

Countryside Alliance regional director Michelle Nudds said: “Colin and his team’s passion for reconnecting people with our countryside is something the Countryside Alliance is proud to support.”

It has been a successful few months for the farm shop, which also won four silver and three bronze certificates at the Three Counties Sausage and Pie Competition, staged in Streatley in November.