Local Restaurant of the Year: Information for Restaurants NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination period is now CLOSED, the below is for information purposes only.

The Local Restaurant of the Year Awards replace the previous Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards.

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 7 March and Monday 16 May 2016.

Diners can also be directed to our website where nominations can be made on online. Please read on for information about:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Judging process
  • Visual assets (postcard, button etc.)
  • FAQs

Eligibility

Please note that the terms of entry have changed slightly from previous years’ competitions. Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria below before proceeding.

We are asking the public to nominate restaurants that:

  • Are independently run
  • Are owned by the chef or a hands-on proprietor
  • Are committed to local produce in line with the seasons
  • Can demonstrate a strong relationship with local suppliers
  • Have a commitment to the local community
  • Offer regularly changing menus at reasonable prices
  • Are family friendly
  • Give a genuine warm welcome
  • And show a passion for delivering all of the above.

Judging

Following the closing date (16 May 2016) a shortlist of up to three restaurants from each of the ten regions (see below) will be selected, based on public nomination and adherence to the above criteria. The Good Food Guide will then request the following information; failure to provide the information by the given deadline will be taken as a decision by the restaurant to opt out of the judging process.

  • Current lunch and dinner menus
  • Chef’s and owner’s CVs
  • List of suppliers
  • A statement of no more than 500 words on why the restaurant thinks it should win, with reference to the stated criteria

A finalist will be selected from each region and will be visited by an anonymous Good Food Guide inspector. An overall winner will be chosen by the editors of The Good Food Guide in consultation with our inspectors. The decision of the editors will be final.

Previous winners of The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year awards - both regional and overall winners - will not be eligible to enter the competition. Please see FAQs for more detail.

The ten regions used for judging purposes are as follows:

  • Wales
  • East England
  • London
  • Midlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • North East
  • North West
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • South West

For any queries, please contact editors@thegoodfoodguide.co.uk  Please note we are currently experiencing high volumes of email, but we will endeavour to answer your query as soon as possible.

Visual Assets

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to download print-ready postcard artwork. We recommend restaurants have postcards professionally printed in keeping with the high standards of the GFG brand. Postcards should be the correct size – A6 size (105mm148mm). 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.

Click here to download a button which can be placed on your website to refer customers to our online nomination form.

FAQs

Q: Can you give me more details on getting the postcard printed?
Restaurants should have postcards professionally printed in keeping with the high standards of the GFG brand. Postcards should be the correct size – A6 size (105mm148mm). 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.  

Q: Can customers nominate online?
We have provided a button that can be placed on to restaurant websites allowing customers to nominate online. For more information and to download, click here

Q: Can restaurants publicise The Good Food Guide Local 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, either in hardcopy or by reproducing them online.

Restaurants can also promote the fact that The Good Food Guide will enter participating customers into a prize draw for a case of Champagne. However, we would not approve of restaurants offering their own incentives, such as free prize draws or competitions in relation to the awards.

Q: How many nominations did you receive last year?
Last year we received over 18,000 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 by an independent company. They 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. Postcards sent in bulk by restaurants themselves will not be counted.

Q: If I get nominations for the Local Restaurant of the Year Award, will I be included in The Good Food Guide 2017?
Not necessarily. The Local Restaurant of the Year awards are completely separate from compiling The Good Food Guide. Entries in The Good Food Guide are based on reader feedback and visits from our anonymous inspectors. However, any restaurant that goes on to win an award in the Local Restaurant of the Year Awards must be of Good Food Guide standard, and is likely to be included in The Good Food Guide 2017.

Q: I am a previous regional, or overall, winner of the Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards. Why aren’t I eligible for this year’s awards?
In order to give recognition to new talent, and to create a level playing field for restaurants that haven’t previously been brought to our attention, we took the difficult decision to exclude previous winners from this year’s awards.

Q: How are the winners chosen?
Please see the above information on judging.