A number of eateries in East Lancashire have been shortlisted at the English Restaurant Awards 2024.

The English Restaurant Awards aim to 'celebrate, promote and encourage independent restaurants' who 'delight their customers with everything from food to experience, customer service and the effort put into building the restaurant industry in England'.

Many of those nominated are local to East Lancashire, including Anarkali Indian Restaurant in Rossendale being nominated for Indian Restaurant of the Year, The Burger Bros in Blackburn nominated as Burger Restaurant of the Year, and Olives Bistro & Mediterranean in Colne nominated for Mediterranean Restaurant of the Year.

A spokesperson for the English Restaurant Awards 2024 said: “This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate and showcase the very best and diverse range in English dining.

We want to congratulate all of our finalists and wish them the best of luck”

The awards also provide an opportunity to 'showcase the diversity and quality of English cuisine, which is known for its use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional cooking techniques'.

Commenting on Royal Phoenix Chinese Restaurant's nomination, customer Lilian Lingard said: "Brilliant meal yesterday. So friendly it's like visiting family."

Jackie Gough commented: "Good luck, you deserve this award."  

The full list of nominations from East Lancashire include:

  • Burger Restaurant of the Year, The Burger Bros, Blackburn
  • Mediterranean Restaurant of the Year, Olives Bistro & Mediterranean, Colne
  • Indian Restaurant of the Year, Anarkali Indian Restaurant, Rossendale
  • Chinese Restaurant of the Year, Royal Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, Accrington
  • Best World Cuisine, Calypso Restaurant, Blackburn
  • Family Restaurant of the Year, Ego at The Knowles Arms, Blackburn
  • Best of Lancashire, The Millstone, Blackburn, Bertram’s Restaurant, Burnley, The Cellar Restaurant, Burnley, and Spread Eagle, Blackburn 

By recognising outstanding restaurants and dining establishments in England, the awards help to 'raise the profile of the English food and hospitality industry and contribute to its ongoing growth and success'.

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony that will take place this summer.