A FISH and chip shop and a music venue and bar are celebrating after scooping trophies at the first East Midlands Food and Drink Awards.
Mama Liz’s Bar and Voodoo Lounge won the best venue title and The Boundary in Market Deeping won the best fish and chip shop award at a special presentation night held Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre on Sunday.
Both businesses has already won awards in the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland heats of the competition which was run by East Midlands Newspapers, publishers of the Mercury.
The awards were presented by celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
Staff at The Boundary, in Market Deeping, were delighted with their award.
General manager Blair Butler said: “It’s really nice to be recognised by our customers and for them to feel our fish and chips are the best.
“We care about the quality of our products and each award we pick up means a lot to the staff. They are my ambassadors and it’s a boost for them and makes us want to improve our standards even more.”
The owners of Mama Liz’s Bar and Voodoo Lounge were also pleased to be named as the best venue in the East Midlands.
The bar in North Street, Stamford, has a New Orleans vibe with music, food and entertainment in its Voodoo Lounge.
Owner Liz Bullimore said: “We get a real mix of people coming into the bar from all over the country and we hope to continue exactly as we are to attract even more customers.”
Her business partner, Dan Dawson, added: “We were really happy to be chosen as the winners but wouldn’t have this success without our chef, Nick Cartwright.”
The awards ran in 12 papers across the East Midlands from Stamford to Skegness and Melton to Peterborough.
Mercury editor Eileen Green praised all the winners and said they could be very proud of their achievements.
“These awards were made to those establishments which received the most votes from readers of the Mercury and our sister titles within East Midlands Newspapers,” she said. “We are extremely fortunate to have so many great places to eat and drink in our area.
“I would also like to thank readers who took the time to vote.”