A restaurant located in a shopping precinct and a family-run butcher were today named by Which? as winners of top consumer awards, alongside well-known names such as BMW and John Lewis.
The annual awards, presented by Natasha Kaplinsky at the British Museum this afternoon, celebrate the UK’s best products and services, from cars and restaurants to supermarkets and financial services.
Joseph Morris Butchers from Leicestershire was named Which? Local Business of the Year and Ronnies in Thornbury received The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award from top chef Heston Blumenthal OBE.
Inventor Trevor Baylis OBE presented the Innovation Award to the BBC for its ground-breaking iPlayer service.
All of the award winners were praised for providing customers with value for money. The Co-operative Bank was commended for its prudent business model and behaviour and Aldi scooped the Best Supermarket award for its quality goods at keen prices.
The result of a blind taste test that took place before the ceremony was further proof that lower cost doesn’t necessarily mean lower quality. More of the 300 guests preferred a supermarket own-brand fizz, priced at £19.99, than a leading brand of champagne at £28.99.
It was third time lucky for Canon and Bosch, who won in the Audio Visual and Domestic Appliance categories after being a runner-up for the last two years. Play.com retained the Best Online Retailer title, and John Lewis reclaimed the Best High Street Retailer award.
Value for money
Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, says: ‘Now, perhaps more than ever, consumers want to know that if they spend their hard-earned cash on a product or service it will be worth it.
‘We’re delighted to be celebrating individuals, local businesses and well known consumer brands that not only meet the highest standards in their field, but also seek to deliver exceptional value.’
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