RESTAURANTS, bars and cafés have staked their claims to the title of ‘place to eat’ at the hotly-contested Adur and Worthing Business Awards.
Five eateries have been nominated for this year’s award, won by Brio last year.
In the running for the accolade is The Beach House, All Beef Burger Company and Northbrook College, in Worthing and Shoreham’s Tom Foolery Coffee Company and Tosca Ristorante.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at Worthing Pavilion on November 14.
Opened in March by Tim and Matt Taylor, The Beach House bar and café in Marine Parade has quickly built up a reputation as a food destination.
Tim said: “Since we opened in March, 2014, as a modern, forward-thinking freehouse, we have had an overwhelming positive response, both from customers and the town generally.”
Matt added: “The Beach House helps showcase the town and is one of the businesses at the forefront of helping Worthing evolve from sleepy retirement resort, to a vibrant, locally-owned, locally-run seaside gem.”
A few miles down the road, Tomfoolery has impressed customer Jane McLaughlin, who thinks it serves the ‘best coffee in the area’.
She said: “They have created a lovely, modern and lively cafe in the heart of Shoreham.
“The coffee is fabulous - they have single blend and specials - the best coffee in the area. They often have guest baristas and their coffee is all ethically sourced. Most of their products are locally sourced.”
High Street neighbours Tosca have been nominated by Martin Bloomfield.
Mr Bloomfield praised owner Enver Godanci and his team for providing ‘outstanding service, delicious food and a great atmosphere’.
He said: “I think it would be good for Enver, the team and the restaurant to have their hard work recognised over this long period of time.
“Enver is not a person to sing his own praises or a person who needs to get things completed.
“Once you get to know him, you will find a humorous and charismatic person who has led a fascinating career, of opportunities grasped to facing uncertain challenges.
The All Beef Burger Company has been producing high quality gourmet burgers since 2010.
Co-owner Sandra Aguiar said: “We are a family-run business with good customer service. Outstanding food is served at any time and it is extremely consistent in quality.
As reported last week, Northbrook College’s hospitality team is also up for the award, as well as the customer service title.