Good food the priority

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There may be a recession, but tucking into good food is still top priority for Sheffielders.

So much so, 15,000 customers voted for over 300 of the restaurants, cafés and pubs they love the best in the fourth Eat Sheffield awards, organised by Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School.

Awards were announced at Monday’s gala dinner at the St Paul’s Mercure Hotel.

The awards were also proof Sheffield loves its gastro pubs.

The category saw more votes than any other.

And its winner, the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley, went on to take the evening’s highly-prized Eat Sheffield 2011 Restaurant of the Year title.

Professor Adrian Hopgood, pro vice-chancellor dean of the Sheffield Business School, said: “The commercial life of Sheffield depends on its food industry.

“The Eat Sheffield initiative is growing year on year, and it’s developing huge momentum. This is massive for the city.”

Other 2011 Eat Sheffield winners:

Favourite Café: Fusion Organic, Arundel Street

Favourite European: La Mama, Abbeydale Road

Favourite Italian: Nonna’s, Ecclesall Road

Favourite Indian: Aagrah, Leopold Square

Favourite Asian Oriental: Hui Wei, Glossop Road

Favourite Traditional Pub: The York, Fulwood Road

Favourite Family Outing: Endcliffe Park Café

Favourite Food Outlet: Street Food Chef, Pinstone Street

Newcomer 2011: Wig and Pen, Campo Lane.