Great Food Club Awards

March 22, 2015

Many readers will be members of the Great Food Club, Matt Wright’s project to highlight and celebrate great independent restaurants, retailers and food producers here in the Midlands. Now for the first time GFC is running an Award programme, giving everyone a chance to vote for their favourite in each of these three categories. There will be shortlists produced for each of the six areas GFC covers (Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire & West Midlands) and the writing team at GFC (which includes me) will select overall winners.

You can vote for anyone as long as they based in the Midlands and are not part of a national chain. Note also you don’t have to be a member, though if you’re not, you really should be – membership is totally free and your card gets you a range of discounts and special offers at some 200 of the best food places in the region. More importantly, perhaps,  it plugs you into a network of news and information about what’s happening through detailed profiles, newsletters, blogs, recipes and events.

So go here to vote, and then here to join up. Voting is open until late May.

GFC card



No awards this year

February 26, 2010

I’ve  just been advised that there will be  no Nottingham Restaurant Awards this year,  the organisers deciding to focus on the city’s Food and Drink festival. Sadly this  means my services as a judge are not required.  I’m sure you all gutted for me. This has consistently been one of my favourite times of the year – last year I had three splendid meals at the Tarn Thai in Hockley and Memsaab and Chino Latino on Maid Marian Way. The last two especially are warmly recommended next time you are out and about in the second city of the East Midlands.  

The Leicestershire and Rutland Awards have not run for a couple of years because of the difficulty in finding a headline sponsor. Ok, it’s not exactly the worst thing that’s happened in the recession but nonetheless it’s disappointing the county can’t support community-building initiatives like this which can provide rewards and incentives for good restaurants.

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