Take your pick of the prime movers

Nominate your favourite foodies for the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards at edinburghrestaurantawards.co.uk

Edinburgh Restaurant Awards 2019. Roberta Hall-McCarron and Sean McCarron of The Little Chartroom flank Evening News editor Euan McGrory. Picture: Neil Hanna Photography
Edinburgh Restaurant Awards 2019. Roberta Hall-McCarron and Sean McCarron of The Little Chartroom flank Evening News editor Euan McGrory. Picture: Neil Hanna Photography

After a turbulent two years for the hospitality sector, the Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards is set to return bigger than ever.

Across 14 categories, the awards will recognise the incredible achievements of the Capital’s thriving food and drink scene in unprecedented times.

From Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants to cosy cafes and vibrant street food hotspots, there are plenty of rich culinary delights to celebrate across the city and Lothians.

Edinburgh Evening News calls on readers to nominate their favourites in the Restaurant Awards 2022

The Edinburgh Evening News believes it is now more important than ever to recognise excellence across this valuable sector.

The event, sponsored by Zettle, a point-of-sale solution, will take place at Brewhemia in Market Street on Monday, 6 June.

The categories are Edinburgh Chef of the Year, Best Fine Dining Experience, Best Newcomer, Best Cafe/Deli, Best World Food Restaurant, Best Gastro Pub & Brewery, Best Family Friendly, Best Speciality, Best Takeaway Offering, Best Use of Outdoor Space, Best Customer Service, Best Seafood, Sustainability Award and Edinburgh Restaurant of the Year.

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At the Edinburgh Restaurant Awards 2019, The Fishmarket triumphed in the Best Seafood category. Picture: Neil Hanna Photography

This year’s Best Fine Dining Experience accolade will be assessed by expert judges who are already immersed in the local restaurant scene, who will consider service, quality of food, presentation, taste and ingredients used.

In 2019, the award went to 21212, on Royal Terrace, run by chef Paul Kitching, which is the only UK restaurant to hold four AA Rosettes.

Best Newcomer, sponsored by accountants and tax advisors Cowan & Partners, will be awarded to a new establishment that serves up unparalleled first impressions and originality.

It is usually the most popular and hard to assess category, aimed at celebrating those trying to make a name for themselves by recognising the hard work and passion that goes into making their culinary dreams a reality.

Most recently, this title was scooped by high-end bistro The Little Chartroom, on Bonnington Road, operated by Great British Menu finalist Roberta Hall-McCarron and her husband, Sean McCarron.

New for this year is the Best World Food Restaurant award, which takes in cuisine from across the globe, including the Middle East, Far East, South America and beyond.

The Best Seafood restaurant will be selected on how well it uses the finest produce caught around Scotland’s rich coastlines.

Newhaven’s The Fishmarket was the most recent recipient of the title, thanks to its “flabbergasting service” and for serving “the best fish and chips”.You have until Friday, 22 April to submit your nominations for this year’s event at edinburghrestaurantawards.co.uk

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