Thanet businesses scoop Good Food Awards

Good Food Award winners

Five Thanet businesses have been featured in the Good Food Awards 2020.

The awards recognise the hard-working teams who strive for culinary excellence within their field. With some 527,475 eating establishments within the UK, competition for the Good Food Award was unsurprisingly tough.

A record number of UK food premises brought a record number of entrants and winners. Some 10,277 votes were cast for the finalists by readers, customers and fans alike and 350 received an award.

Based upon customer feedback, nominations and votes the Good Food Awards went to restaurants that “demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to  industry benchmarks in their categories.”

The awards programme was launched in 2002, and looks at factors including the quality of food served, consistent positive customer feedback and a high hygiene score to determine the winners.

These are reviewed by inspectors before each premises is awarded with a ‘Food Score’, before ‘statistical modelling’ is used to select only the most-deserving recipients.

The Thanet Good Food Award winners

Buoy and Oyster restaurant, Margate

Buoy and Oyster

The Buoy and Oyster is a family run restaurant and seafood bar now in its fourth year and was a Taste of Kent award winner last year.

Owned by Nadine and Simon Morriss, the High Street venue underwent major refurbishments in January 2019 to create an open plan theatre kitchen and seafood bar dining area.

Nadine said: “We were recently awarded 2AA Rosettes and winning this award means so much to the whole team. Our restaurant ethos is simple: to serve great quality food and drinks in a relaxed and stylish seaside setting. We are so pleased that our customers like what we are about and have voted for us in these awards.”

Buoy and Oyster, 44 High Street, Margate. Call 01843 446631

Mad Hatter Tea Rooms, Margate

Jamie and Heidi of The Mad Hatter Tea Rooms

The Mad Hatter Tea Rooms reopened under the ownership of Jamie Ingram and Heidi Cadby in January 2018 after six weeks of repainting, removing an interior wall and fitting a new kitchen.

The parents-of-three top tripadvisor due to their Victorian teas for two, Jamie’s homemade sausage rolls and Champagne teas, not to mention the array of homemade cakes.

The tea rooms, in Lombard Street, have also launched popular history talks which include tea/coffee, scone or cake. The next one, on November 4 from 10am to noon, is about the history of Margate Caves. Cst is £12pp, pay in advance.

Mad Hatter, 9 Lombard Street. Call 01843 232626.

Secret Spices, Margate

Secret Spices in Ramsgate Road brings a classic combination of knowledge, experience and tradition to provide customers with quality Indian cuisne.

In 2017 chef Raju Kamaly was named as one of 11 to win chef of the year awards from the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA).

Owner Usaf Ali opened the doors of the restaurant in 2015 and has  been awarded  a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence’.

Secret Spices,  104 Ramsgate Road. Call 01843 446630

Good Food Award for fish and chips

There were just 200 winners of this award from over 10,500 fish and chip shops nationally.

Ramsgate Fish and Chips

29 Victoria Road, Ramsgate. Call 01843 599938

Good Food Award for takeaways

There were just 105 winners of this award from over 54,832 nationally,

Elizabeth Pizza

334 Margate Road, Ramsgate. Call 01843 606686.

Previous winners include Il Tricolore in Harbour Street, Ramsgate and The Parlour in Minnis Road, Birchington.