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Submit your nominations for the 2017 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards

PUBLISHED: 09:17 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 20 March 2017

Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year winner was Nutters Restaurant, Rochdale.

Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year winner was Nutters Restaurant, Rochdale.

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Time for you to help us find the Lancashire Life 2017 Food and Drink Award winners

2017 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards2017 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards

It’s a night when we gather the great and good of the north west hospitality industry. The Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious occasions in the culinary calendar and we want you to nominate your favourites from Lancashire and the Lake District.

These awards will be an extra special occasion for us as this year will mark their 21st anniversary. Once again, the venue is the Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Blackburn, for an evening of convivial drinks and dining excellence.

The elegant black tie presentation night - this year on Monday, October 16th - celebrates the expertise of everyone connected with the food industry in our region. But our judges need your help so they can start the process of preparing a shortlist for each of our categories.

Lake District Dining Hotel Restaurant of the Year was The Forest Side Hotel and Restaurant, Grasmere. Photographed here is Andrew Bellamy of Lancashire Life with Rob McGill, Kevin Tickle and Jack SeidlerLake District Dining Hotel Restaurant of the Year was The Forest Side Hotel and Restaurant, Grasmere. Photographed here is Andrew Bellamy of Lancashire Life with Rob McGill, Kevin Tickle and Jack Seidler

Last year’s awards ceremony was a dazzling occasion, which saw Nutters in Rochdale take the title of Restaurant of the Year and Hipping Hall in Cowan Bridge clinched Hotel Restaurant of the Year. But with so many quality contenders in the running, the choice is a difficult one for the judges every year.

That’s why we need the inside knowledge of readers who can tell us which establishments they think deserve an accolade.

We have a special website where you can send us your suggestions with category headings and details of what the judges will be looking for.

City Restaurant of the Year winner was El Gato Negro, Manchester. Simon Shaw leads the way to collect the awardCity Restaurant of the Year winner was El Gato Negro, Manchester. Simon Shaw leads the way to collect the award

The judging panel, chaired by Lancashire Life Editor Roger Borrell, draws up a shortlist based on readers’ nominations as well as their own knowledge and expertise. They then visit each establishment incognito before contenders are revealed in a future issue.

Roger said: ‘This has become the landmark event in Lancashire’s culinary calendar – a night packed with excitement and drama when we recognise the very best in the hospitality industry across Lancashire and the Lake District.’

Sue Howarth, sales and marketing director at sponsors Total Foodservice, a fifth generation family business supplying chefs and caterers with everything from artisan breads and cakes to speciality ingredients and chef’s larder staples to clean up essentials, added: ‘We’re proud to be supporting the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards for the third year. Each year the standards of entrants exceed the last. ‘We’re extremely proud of our county’s talent in the food and drink industry.’

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To find out more about the Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards and to nominate your favourite establishment, visit foodawards.lancashirelife.co.uk or contact Kate Wilson at kate.wilson@archant.co.uk /07725 828755 for details about becoming a sponsor at the award ceremony.

1. Restaurant of the Year

Nominate a restaurant which offers the best dining experience including food, décor and service.

2. Dining Pub of the Year

Nominate your favourite pub in Lancashire. It should serve good beer, great food and give guests a warm welcome.

3. Independent Retailer of the Year

Nominate your favourite deli, farm shop, baker or food retailer who you think deserves this accolade.

4. Lake District Dining Excellence of the Year

This establishment must showcase the finest food in the Lakes and can be a pub, restaurant or hotel.

5. Food Hero of the Year

This person will have made a lasting contribution to the food and drink community. It could be a celebrity, a critic, a barman, waiter or farmer. Who goes that extra mile to make a difference to our local food and drink in Lancashire?

6. Chef of the Year

Someone who has devoted themselves to the cause of serving the best possible food within the county.

7. Tearoom/Cafe of the Year

Who serves the best tea or coffee and the nicest cakes or the best scones in Lancashire?

8. City Restaurant of the Year

Nominate a restaurant in Manchester or Liverpool city centre which offers the best dining experience including food, décor and service.

9. Food or Drink Product of the Year

Nominate your favourite food or drink product – whether made by a Lancashire farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer.

10. Newcomer of the Year

This category is open to anyone in the food or drink industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months. We want to know what impact they have made on the local community and whether they have started to achieve any success further afield. Are they helping to promote Lancashire food and drink to a new audience?

11. Family Dining of the Year

Judges of this category will be looking for a restaurant, café or pub which really meets the needs of family dining, by demonstrating attention to the requirements across the generations of diners both in terms of its food offering, atmosphere, entertainment, sense of theatre, and the variety of menu for guests regardless of age.

12. Outstanding Customer Service

Service has to be just right — not lacking, but not intrusive either. We want you to tell us about the place that blends warmth and courtesy with knowledge and efficiency.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, April 24th. To nominate visit foodawards.lancashirelife.co.uk

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