Restaurants are best in area at the East Midlands Food and Drink Awards

Winners of the East Midlands Food and Drink awards
Winners of the East Midlands Food and Drink awards
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Two local restaurants have retained their status as best in the region after picking up awards for the second year running.

Linfords Traditional Fish and Chips, of Market Deeping, won two awards for the best customer service and the best fish and chips in the East Midlands Food and Drink Awards.

The awards were organised by East Midlands Newspapers, which owns the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, and the winners were chosen by a public vote.

They were announced at a black tie dinner at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre on Sunday.

Chip shop owner Paul Linford said: “We like this competition because it is voted for by the public, so it’s our customers who get us through.

“It requires a lot of hard work from our staff to maintain high standards so we are over the moon to win this award again. It’s nice for our efforts to be recognised.”

Red India, of Melton Road, Oakham, was voted the best Indian restaurant. It was also highly commended in the customer service category.

Since winning the same award last year, business manager Abdul Salik has opened a second restaurant in Uppingham.

Other local businesses were highly commended during the awards night.

The Wicked Witch at Ryhall was highlighted in the best dining pub category, L’Oliveto of Oakham and The Pantry of Corby Glen were commended in the best newcomer category and Yang Xian of Bourne in the oriental restaurant category,

Stoke Rochford Hall was highly commended in the categories of best hotel meal and best Sunday lunch.