Fine dining Nottingham favourite picks up top prize again
World Service in Nottingham has reclaimed the title of Nottingham Restaurant of the Year in the 2007 awards.
The restaurant, in Nottingham's Lace Market, won the award in three consecutive years from 2003-2005, losing the title to Hart's last year.
World Service also picked up the Outstanding Service Award at the ceremony, held at Colwick Hall just outside of Nottingham.
The restaurants were voted for by the public in April with the top three or four restaurants then visited anonymously by judges in May. Young Chef of the Year was won by Tony Griffiths at Bluu with Lamb Shank and Seasonal Spring Vegetables, and Lemon Tart in a two hour cook-off.
One of the award judges, Bill Knott, a food and drink writer, said, "It is enormously gratifying to find, in Nottingham, not just branches of London-based chain restaurants, but a genuine culture of independence and excellence."
Nottingham Restaurant of the Year 2007: World Service
Best Waiter/Waitress: Chris Heath from Piccolino
Outstanding Value: Le Bistrot Pierre
Best Drinks/Wine List: Merchants
Best Local Produce Menu: Langar Hall
Young Chef of the Year 2007: Tony Griffiths of Bluu
Best Business Lunch: Hart's
Best Oriental: Chino Latino
Best Out of Town Restaurant: Perkins
Best Indian: MemSaab
Outstanding Service: World Service
Best Restaurant Design: Piccolino
Best Small Restaurant: French Living
Most Family Friendly Restaurant: Fire & Ice, West Bridgford
Best Newcomer: Tonic