Restaurants are invited to provide their customers with nomination postcards by downloading the artwork and getting the postcards professionally printed. Nominations are accepted between Monday 4th February 2013 and Sunday 14th April 2013.
Diners can also be directed to our website where nominations can be made on online.
There are 10 regional award winners who will all feature in The Good Food Guide 2014 (published in September 2013) and the overall winner of Readers’ Restaurant of the Year will be chosen by a panel of experts, led by the editors of The Good Food Guide.
The 10 regional winners will be announced on Monday 13th May 2013 and the overall Readers’ Restaurant of the Year 2013 will be announced in the summer.
If you have any queries about the postcard (pictured, right), see the frequently asked questions below, or email email@example.com.
Each restaurant nominated for The Good Food Guide 2014 Readers’ Restaurant of the Year must meet the following criteria:
Any establishment that does not feature in the current edition of The Good Food Guide (2013 edition) which goes on to win an award will automatically be listed in The Good Food Guide 2014
Q: Can you give me more details on getting the postcard printed?
We recommend restaurants have postcards professionally printed in keeping with the high standards of the GFG brand. Postcards should be the correct size, as specified on the instructions – A6 size. The quantity of postcards to print is at the restaurant's discretion depending on how many of their customers might be encouraged to take one. A guide might be to consider leaving a postcard with each bill. Below are guide prices on what it may cost to print the postcards (quote given to us by Kall Kwik):
Postcards (A6 4/1) printed in digital colour on white card 350gsm:
a) 50 £50 + VAT
b) 100 £75 + VAT
c) 200 £100 + VAT
c) 500 £150 + VAT
Q: How many nominations did you receive last year?
Last year we received a record 44,500 nominations via postcards and online. We do not disclose how many nominations individual restaurants receive.
Q: How are nominations verified?
All nominations are individually verified to remove duplications, incomplete submissions and invalid entries e.g. false names. Each nomination postcard received must be individually franked or stamped to avoid block voting.
Q: Can restaurants publicise the Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year Award?
We would encourage restaurants to publicise the award on their website, in their marketing communications and in their restaurants. Restaurants are able to publicise the award using the materials we’ve provided to them, whether that be in hardcopy or by reproducing them online.
We’re also happy with restaurants drawing attention to the fact that The Good Food Guide is having a draw for a meal for two, as that draw applies to all restaurants. However we would not approve of restaurants offering their own incentives such as free prize draws or competitions in relation to the awards.
Q: If I get nominations for Restaurant of the Year does that mean I will be included in The Good Food Guide 2014?
No. The Restaurant of the Year awards are completely separate from compiling The Good Food Guide. Entries in The Good Food Guide are based on genuine reader feedback and visits from our anonymous inspectors. However, any restaurant which goes on to win an award in the Restaurant of the Year Awards must be of Good Food Guide standard, and will be included in The Good Food Guide 2014.
Q: How are the winners chosen?
The 10 regional winners are chosen based on the most nominations received from the public for an establishment that meets The Good Food Guide criteria outlined above. Winners will also be judged on inspections, menus and buying policies.
The overall winner of Restaurant of the Year is chosen from the list of regional winners by a panel of experts, led by the editors of The Good Food Guide.
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