The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year Award recognises excellence and good service at restaurants, pubs and cafés throughout the UK.
Between 2 March and 15 May 2009, members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite, independently owned establishment – preferably one that offers regional dishes and/or uses local produce.
Elizabeth Carter, The Good Food Guide’s consultant editor, says: ‘This award champions the very best independent restaurants in every corner of the UK – those that combine fresh, local produce with skilful cooking and exemplary service, to create a really enjoyable dining experience.’
This year, more than 23,000 people nominated their favourite establishment in their region either by postcard or online. The following restaurants have beaten off strong competition from rival establishments to become the ten regional winners of :
Midlands – Entropy, Leicester
London – L’Etranger, South Kensington
East England – Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds
Northern Ireland – Mourne Seafood, Belfast
Wales – Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
North East – Yorke Arms, Ramsgill
North West – Nutters, Norden
Scotland – Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow
South East – Mulberry Tree, Boughton Monchelsea
South West – Ronnies, Thornbury
Of the regional winners, Elizabeth Carter says, ‘All of the restaurants that made it on to this year’s shortlist should be really proud of the show of support they’ve received from their customers. Last year’s winner, ramsons in Ramsbottom, is an extraordinary restaurant, and this year sees another string of extremely strong entries. It’ll now be a really tough decision for the judges to crown the overall winner.’
The overall winner of the esteemed ‘The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year Award’ will be announced at the Which? awards ceremony on 9 June 2009 at the British Museum in London.