On Monday, June 13th, in the sumptous, quintessential surroundings of the Luton Hoo Walled Gardens, 140 of the finest food and drink retailers and producers in the Bedfordshire region gathered to hear who would be crowned winners of 15 categories in the 2016 Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards.
GoHoughton restaurant and bar won Independent Restaurant and seized the title of Overall Winners, Kishor Patel, the proprietor said “GoHoughton are delighted to have been crowned Independent Restaurant of the Year and Overall Winner at the 2016 Bedfordshire Food & Drink Awards. It is a huge achievement which would not have been possible without our great team and our great customer base.
Launching a new dining concept from a dilapidated public house was not an easy journey and having been open for just over 12 months, the journey has been one to savour and we will strive to continue to improve and give Bedfordshire a location for all to visit.”
The sheer volume of votes by members of the public show even as corporate chains further and further dominate our high streets, the public support, value and promote the hard work, originality and the creative force that drives independent businesses.
Cllr Nigel Young, Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We were delighted to be headline sponsor for the Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards this year and to celebrate the wealth of innovative and flourishing businesses in the county. Like last year, it was a business from the area that took home the overall winners’ award and I would like to congratulate Go Houghton from Houghton Regis for their success.
The awards, on the whole, have showcased yet another exciting year for Central Bedfordshire with 11 businesses winning, 8 highly commended with 7 others commended. This highlights the strength of the expanding AgriFood sector in Central Bedfordshire, which has more than 300 businesses taking advantage of our rural marketplace, enhanced by our superb transport infrastructure and range of business facilities.”
Awards organiser Damian Cummins said; “Supporting businesses like GoHoughton is at the very heart of what we do. To achieve the level of success GoHoughton has done requires hardwork, determination and an unrelenting quest for excellence. As any business person knows, customers vote with their feet and GoHoughton customers voted in their droves ensuring a landslide victory. Kishor Patel has built a business that serves the needs of the community in which it stands, having placed this ethos at the very heart of his offering has ensured his success.”
Winners of the other categories can be found here:
Photo: Overall Winner GoHoughton at the 2016 Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards