Nominations for the first annual Velvet Food & Drink Awards is now closed and the shortlist has been revealed.

Alamin Media is pleased to announce that our client; Lalbagh in Bourn has been shortlisted in the Restaurant of the Year category.
Said nominators: “Delicious Indian and Bangladeshi food in a rural village setting. The service is unfailingly courteous, well-informed and efficient. Lalbagh serves a number of dishes that you would not find in a more ‘typical’ Indian restaurant. It is a cut above the rest!”

“We are proud to be considered worthy of the high-calibre shortlist, we look forward to the finals ceremony on June 30 in a ceremony at Newmarket’s Jockey Club Rooms” – Mumitur Choudhury (Co-owner)

“It’s no surprise that our clients are so highly regarded, from working with them over the years, what stands out is their passion for the industry and their attention to detail and commitment to excellence.” Alamin Ahmed – Managing Director

The awards have been created to give credit to the people behind the culinary successes in our community. 

The shortlist comprises eight categories:

Producer, Farm Shop/Deli, Pub/Bar, Tearoom/Coffee Shop, Street Food/Pop-up, Restaurant, Chef and Food Hero of the Year. Three businesses or individuals with the most nominations per category will then be shortlisted and the winners chosen by a panel of independent, industry-expert judges.

Since winding up as a MasterChef quarter-finalist, Bury St Edmunds-based Hannah Gregory has been a monthly food columnist for Velvet Magazine since 2020. In addition to this she is a supper club host, private chef and freelance food and travel writer. Hannah will be judging Restaurant of the Year.