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Grenache, Walkden, Wins Best NW Restaurant in GFG

Good Food Guide gong for bright star of Salford

Published on May 22nd 2012.

Grenache, Walkden, Wins Best NW Restaurant in GFG

GRENACHE in Greater Manchester has today been named as the North West regional winner in the The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards.

"It’s a fantastic achievement to win the Best North West Restaurant Award."

44,500 food-loving members of the public put forward their favourite restaurants, pubs and cafés from around the UK for the annual awards. The Good Food Guide award judges have sifted through all the nominations to pick the winners and celebrate some of the best dining experiences around the country.

To qualify for the awards, aimed at championing local neighbourhood eateries, restaurants needed to be independently run and offer regional or local produce where possible. Grenache fought off stiff competition from others in the region to win the award for the North West.

Hussein Abbas, owner of Grenache, was delighted to be named as the winner, saying:  "It’s a fantastic achievement to win the Best North West Restaurant Award. I believe winning this award is a testament to the quality of food and service that my team provides and we are all really proud of the number of customers that voted for us." 

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of The Good Food Guide said:  "It may be small but Hussein Abbas’s high street restaurant has a big heart and a huge and very vocal fan base totally smitten by the generous cooking of fresh, seasonal ingredients." 

Grenache is one of ten regional winners rom around the UK, one of whom will go on to be named as the overall The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year. The winner of this award will be announced on 20 June 2012.

 The ten regional winners are:

-      East of England – Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

-      London – Charlotte’s Place, Ealing

-      Midlands – The Bluebell, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

-      North East – Van Zeller, Harrogate

-      North West – Grenache, Walkden, Manchester

-      Northern Ireland – Mourne Seafood Bar, Dundrum, Belfast

-      Scotland – Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

-      South East – Jeremy’s Restaurant, Haywards Heath, W Sussex

-      South West – The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset

-      Wales – Y Polyn, Carmarthen

Thanks to Phil Taylor for the photo. 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

bigearsMay 22nd 2012.

Congrats to Huss and Chef Ken Calder. I know its probably not the most well known Restaurant but what they do is really good. Independent neighbourhood restaurant serving quality food. Well done chaps!

Rosie WilsonMay 22nd 2012.

Great to see this fab resteraunt getting the recognition it deserves!

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Graham KingMay 22nd 2012.

Well deserved! Ate there on Sunday for the first time. Great food. Great value. I can fine dine AND pay a mortgage too. Will certainly return!

SarahMay 23rd 2012.

Grenache is a fantastic restaurant! Congrats on the well-deserved award.

AnonymousMay 25th 2012.

I've got to be honest, I've eaten here about three times (as I live about 2 miles away) and the food is, quite frankly, disappointing. The first time I went in I was pleasantly surprised, given the quality of other restaurants in the area. However, having been back a couple of times since, I find the food uninspired, lacking in attention to detail and distinctly average. I don't believe this restaurant should be anywhere near the Good Food Guide when there are restaurants like 63 degrees, Ramson's and Aumbry within 15 minutes drive. Furthermore, during my last visit (not this year), the owner was haranguing people into completing a card to vote for Grenache for this very award. No restaurant worth it's salt should need to ask customers to vote for them - I can't imagine Chris Johnson at Ramson's doing that...

Nigel WatkinsonMay 25th 2012.

Yes, this place is a cut above what you would expect for the area (and before you accuse me of snobbery, I live just over a mile away) and although very enjoyable it's not Michelin star stuff yet.
Am I allowed to say I prefer to food & atmosphere combination at Smiths in Eccles?

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