Nominations for the first annual Velvet Food & Drink Awards is now closed and the shortlist has been revealed.

Lalbagh in Bourn has been shortlisted in the Restaurant of the Year category.
Said nominators: “Delicious Indian and Bangladeshi food in a rural village setting. The service is unfailingly courteous, well-informed and efficient. Lalbagh serves a number of dishes that you would not find in a more ‘typical’ Indian restaurant. It is a cut above the rest!”

“We are proud to be considered worthy of the high-calibre shortlist, we look forward to the finals ceremony on June 30 in a ceremony at Newmarket’s Jockey Club Rooms” – Mumitur Choudhury (Co-owner)

The awards have been created to give credit to the people behind the culinary successes in our community.

The shortlist comprises eight categories:
Producer, Farm Shop/Deli, Pub/Bar, Tearoom/Coffee Shop, Street Food/Pop-up, Restaurant, Chef and Food Hero of the Year. Three businesses or individuals with the most nominations per category will then be shortlisted and the winners chosen by a panel of independent, industry-expert judges.

Since winding up as a MasterChef quarter-finalist, Bury St Edmunds-based Hannah Gregory has been a monthly food columnist for Velvet Magazine since 2020. In addition to this she is a supper club host, private chef and freelance food and travel writer. Hannah will be judging Restaurant of the Year.