Observer Food Monthly Award 2011

For anyone who loves our local food businesses - caf{e’}s, restaurants, pubs, and independent food retailers – the OFM awards are a great place to show your affection by voting for them and possibly seeing them scoop one of these prestigious prizes. The awards are some of the most sought after in the world of food, and you can help them to recognise some of your local St Margarets food heroes. The categories include:

  • Best restaurant
  • Best cheap eats (under £15 per head)
  • Best ethical restaurant
  • Best place to drink
  • Best Sunday lunch
  • Best independent local retailer (shop or online)

Perhaps one of these local food businesses is your own personal ‘best of’ and you think it’s time the world [well, the Observer reading world at least] knows about it?

  • The Ailsa Tavern
  • Armstrongs Butchers
  • Brocca Antica
  • Brula
  • Ches AKA Tony’s
  • E-Wok
  • Gaia Wholefoods
  • Streets
  • Sunshine and Ravioli
  • The Crown
  • The Fish Bar
  • The Marble Hill
  • The St Maragarets Tavern
  • The Thai Pin
  • The Turks Head
  • yellowwedge cheese
  • Zorans

There’s also a category for Best food blog (UK based) and you might want to take a look at local cheesemonger and food writer Philip Brocklehurst’s offering, and another for Best cookbook - if there are any published cookery writers in St Margarets who’d like a mention then please do get in touch!

You too can make your own bid for a slice of red carpet glory in the categories of Reader’s Recipe and Reader’s Cocktail. And everyone who does vote is entered into a prize draw with a great range of foodie treats to be won. Holiday in Burgundy or dinner for four at Heston’s new restaurant anyone?

Full details can be found on the Guardian website, go straight to voting, or check out what’s up for grabs in the prize draw. Voting and readers entries close June 24th. Please note that some awards are determined directly by your vote, for others your votes will be used to form a shortlist from which the expert panel will decide winners - details are on the website.

Can we make it a clean sweep for St Margarets?