With the BAFTAs and Oscars lurking around the corner, it must be awards season. But forget all that Hollywood shizzle; I prefer something closer to home.
From 28th January 2019, the stars of Brighton and Hove’s rapidly-evolving culinary scene are set to be recognised, as voting gets under way for the third annual Brighton Restaurant Awards (aka the BRAVOs — Brighton Restaurant Awards Vote Online. They didn’t fancy the BRAs, for some reason).
And there are three new categories this year: Sustainable Eats, Best International, and (my favourite, quelle surprise) Brighton’s Best Wine List. Front runners here must include Ten Green Bottles, L’Atélier du Vin and The Wine Ninjas’ home-page stars Plâteau. But, let’s face it, there’s a hell of a lot of competition. Let me know who you fancy in the comments below.
There were an impressive 27,082 votes last year, equivalent to about 10% of Brighton and Hove’s population. Will anybody be able to knock 64 Degrees off their Best Restaurant perch this time? I reckon they will. (I might vote for Semolina, but don’t tell anyone).
Other winners in 2018 included The Basketmaker’s Arms (for Best Pub – no wonder you can never get a table); Tropical Sushi for Best Budget Bites (pictured top. And don’t they look happy about it); while Café Plenty (below) marched off with the Family Friendly Award. And they sure do look a friendly bunch — after a few Proseccos.
Voting ends after six weeks, on 11th March, so get your bib on and follow the link below. If you need further incentive, each vote lands you in a draw to win prizes worth up to £200, from Laurent Perrier Champagne to hampers from The Great British Charcuterie.
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My competition to win a bottle of each of the wines they’ll be serving at this year’s BAFTAs. Click the link for details, and share on Facebook to enter.