The Good Food Guide 2013 Readers' Restaurant of the Year Awards
The Good Food Guide readers crown The Bluebell as their favourite restaurant in the Midlands
The Bluebell in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire has today been named as the Midlands regional winner in the prestigious The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards.
A record 44,500 food-loving members of the public put forward their favourite restaurants, pubs and cafés from around the UK for the annual awards. The Good Food Guide award judges have sifted through all the nominations to pick the winners and celebrate some of the best dining experiences around the country.
To qualify for these esteemed awards, aimed at championing local neighbourhood eateries, restaurants needed to be independently run and offer regional or local produce where possible.
The Bluebell fought off stiff competition from others in the region to win the award for the Midlands.
Duncan & Leigh Taylor, owners of The Bluebell, were delighted to be named as the winners, saying: ‘We are thrilled to have won the Readers’ Restaurant of The Year for The Midlands, particularly so as this is voted for by the people that matter most to us – our diners. We’ve got a great team here at The Bluebell and some superb local suppliers and they all thoroughly deserve this recognition - a big thank you to them and to all that voted for us.’
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of The Good Food Guide said: ‘Duncan and Leigh Taylor’s ancient inn has a quirky but appealing modern outlook, a genuinely lovely line in hospitality, and tempting menus giving local ingredients top billing. But it’s the robust, rustic cooking that draws the loyal following.’