AN East Lancashire restaurant has been named as one of the best in the north of England after being praised at The Food Awards England 2022.

During the glitzy ceremony last night, Brizola Bar and Grill in Clitheroe was named as the best Mediterranean establishment in the North of England.

It is the only East Lancashire eatery to have scooped an award in any category.

Staff from the Greek style restaurant, in Castle Street, said they are “thrilled” to have come home victorious.

A spokesperson said: “Team Brizola are thrilled to have their hard work acknowledged, especially after the difficult times the service industry has suffered due to the pandemic.

“It has been amazing to represent the north and Clitheroe at the England Food Awards and we couldn't be prouder of ourselves and our team.

“We would also like to thank our customers for all their support over the past five years.”

Other restaurants across the rest of Lancashire also won a Food Awards England prize.

Encore Restaurant on Peter Street, Chorley was named restaurant of the year in the North West.

A spokesperson said: "It is lovely to receive such recognition and exposure, but that's not why we do this.

"Our glory comes from all our happy guests. We thank YOU for making Encore the best restaurant in the north west."

The Zen Restaurant in Lytham St Annes was named best oriental establishment, not just in the North, but in the whole of England.

Morecambe’s Aspect Bistro at Lothersdale Hotel was named the best hotel restaurant in the North and across England.

A Lancashire chippy also reigned supreme, with Yorkshire Fisheries in Blackpool named best fish and chips establishment in the North.

A spokesperson for the business, which dates back to 1905, said: “Thank you Creative Oceanic for the award.

"We were unable to be there to accept the award but so happy to be regional winners again.”

The Food Awards England 2022 recognise the success of local professionals and establishments that continue delivering great flavours and experiences to their customers.

The winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service, as they are chosen by members of the general public, who often have eclectic gastronomic tastes, the awards organisers said.

Several of the awards are split into regions to ensure local establishments around the country are recognised for their exceptional performance.

A spokesperson for The Food Awards England said: “These awards aim to thank those that work hard within the city’s food industry and contribute to making England a great gastronomic place to visit.

“It is true England combines tastes and flavours from all over the world and the visitors can find different restaurants, gastropubs and bistros to meet their needs.

“These people enhance the country’s reputation nationally and internationally, and we would like to make sure that the hard work of England’s food professionals doesn’t go unnoticed.

“It was lovely to be part of this celebration and we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements!”