More than 25,000 diners* all over the UK nominated their favourite restaurants, pubs and cafés between 1 March and 21 April.
The judges were searching for independently-owned eateries that deliver excellent regional dishes and use local producers where possible.
In line with this year’s Which? Awards** theme of ‘Who cares, wins’, they were also looking for impeccable customer service.
The ten regional winners offer a range of dining experiences, from the village inn and small family-run establishment to Indian and French restaurants:
• Wales: Slice, Swansea
• East England: Wiveton Bell, Norfolk
• London: The French Table, Surbiton
• Midlands: Saffron, Oldbury, Birmingham
• Northern Ireland: Ginger Bistro, Belfast
• North East: Artisan, Hessle
• North West: Northcote, Lancashire
• Scotland: La Garrigue, Edinburgh
• South East: Vanilla Pod, Marlow
• South West: The Swan at Southrop
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor, The Good Food Guide, says:
“It’s so exciting to uncover hidden culinary gems that go the extra mile for their customers. These regional winners have shown real dedication to local produce, and they all give their diners a top quality experience.”
The ten regional winners will now go head to head to become the overall winner of The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award at the Which? Awards on 19 May 2010.
All ten restaurants will be included in the 2011 edition of the Guide.
*The public were invited to nominate their favourite independently-owned restaurants,
pubs or cafés either online or by submitting a postcard that was available in restaurants.
**The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year award is one of the annual Which?
Awards, taking place this year on 19 May 2010.
At the Awards, Which? publicly recognises those companies and individuals that consistently get it right for the consumer.
The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year award is the only annual award based on nominations from the general public. Further information is available at www.which.co.uk/gfgaward
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