The Peace & Loaf restaurant in Jesmond, Newcastle, is in the running for a prestigious Good Food Guide award – and it opened less than two years ago.
The restaurant, at 217 Jesmond Road, is run by Dave Coulson, a former Masterchef finalist.
As a regional frontrunner half way through the voting period, Peace & Loaf is a live contender for the guide’s ‘Readers’ Restaurant of the Year’ award.
Business manager Geeta Ral said: “To get even one nomination is a fantastic feeling but to be on the half way list of leading candidates is amazing.
“The trick now is to get our customers, both old and new, to get online and get nominating so we can turn their nominations into the award and repay them for their faith in us.”
The award, determined by public vote, is designed to reflect the quality of the food on offer as well as the standard of the service.
Geeta is confident the popular restaurant can deliver on both counts.
“With Dave in the kitchen, a lot of the focus is on the food, which is to be expected as we are a restaurant.
“But it’s important that the waiting staff and everyone who makes a diner’s visit to us as special as possible get the recognition they deserve.
“The Good Food award is a big thing for us and being on the list of favourites is down to everyone here and their hard work.”
Peace & Loaf opened in November 2013 and has received rave reviews since.
Our own Secret Diner gave it six stars and described it as “superb” while Jay Rayner, restaurant critic of The Guardian and Observer, also recently paid a visit.
Voting for the Good Food Awards can be done online at www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/feedback and closes on May 11.
The regional winners will be announced on July 1 with the overall readers’ restaurant of the year to be made public in August.