Thousands vote for favourite local restaurants

By Emma Eversham

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Good food guide, Voting, Elizabeth carter

Restaurants in the running for The Good Food Guides 2009 Restaurant of the Year Award are set to see business improve if they win, says last years winner

Thousands of diners have been voting for their favourite local restaurant for the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year Award.

The award, the winners of which will be featured in the next Good Food Guide, recognises excellence and good service at independently-owned restaurants, pubs and cafes across the UK.

In May, 10 regional winners will be announced with one overall winner announced at a ceremony at the British Museum in June.

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the guide said more than 10,000 people had already voted and there was still time for more.

“It’s great to see that people are voting in their thousands to champion their favourite independent restaurants. The competition is still wide open, so if there’s somewhere that you love to eat out then show your support by casting your vote,” she said.

Chris Johnson, owner of Ramsons, overall winner of last year`s award said winning had made a `fantastic impact` on business.

"I have no doubt that our continuing success is due to the consistent quality of the product my team seek to offer our customers. The Good Food Guide’s role in conveying this quality is indisputable,” he said.

Voting is open until Friday May 15 and restaurants can be nominated by visiting

Regions are Wales, East England, London, Midlands, Northern Ireland, North East, Midlands, Northern Ireland, North East, North West, Scotland, South East and South West.

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