Nottingham evening Post Indian restaurant of the year

The heavy hitters of the restaurant industry are joined by newcomers and quirky left-field entries in the finals of the Nottingham Post's Food and Drink Awards 2016.

Proven quality and surprise packages are represented in the shortlists for each of the 11 categories of the awards. So it's welcome back to past category winners including Langar Hall, Hart's, World Service and MemSaab – and it's hello to the Old Volunteer at Caythorpe, the Cross Keys at Epperstone and city centre debutants like Veeno and Nottingham Doughnut Company.

"It's going to be the toughest contest yet, " says Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi. "A record 3, 190 people made almost 7, 000 nominations – and when the judges met this week the competition for the shortlist was so great that in two categories the panel put forward four entries rather than the usual three."

As well as selecting three or four finalists in each category, the panel also gave honourable mentions to several "near miss" entries.

The finalists in full are...

BEST ASIAN

Everest: the Nepalese restaurant in Castle Gate, Newark.

Honourable mentions: Chino Latino, Ginza, Siam House, Thaikhun, Nada Budaya.

BEST CAFE / DELI

Honourable mentions: The Cod's Scallops, Delilah, Dottie's Tea Room, Homemade, Newfield Ice Cream Parlour, Veeno, White Rabbit, Wired.

Nottingham Doughnut Company founders Wade Smith and Megan Scaddan

BEST DRINKS VENUE

Tilt: attitude-packed cocktail bar in Pelham Street.

Honourable mentions: Ann et Vin, Boilermaker, Brass Monkey, Junkyard, Revolucion de Cuba, Rocket @ Saltwater

BEST INDIAN

Anoki: modern takes on Indian classics, Barker Gate.

Gurkha One: Nepalese dining in the village of Rolleston, near Newark.

MemSaab: Calcutta Club's neighbour and multi-award-winning pioneer of spicy fine dining.

Honourable mentions: Kayal, Laguna, 4550 Miles From Delhi.

BEST INTERNATIONAL

Iberico: Spanish and world tapas in an elegant High Pavement setting.

Le Bistrot Pierre: high value French treats in Milton Street.

Honourable mentions: Annie's Burger Shack, Escabeche, French Living, Oaks, Petit Paris, Red's True Barbecue, Rub Smokehouse, Yamas

BEST NEW VENUE

Old Volunteer: the Caythorpe pub-restaurant has been revived by a new owner.

Honourable mentions: Belgo, Copper, Curious Manor, Nottingham Doughnut Company, The Embankment, The Footman's Rest, Oaks, Revolucion de Cuba.

BEST OUT OF TOWN VENUE

Tom Browns: Gunthorpe riverside destination combines quality and value.

Honourable mentions: Cross Keys Epperstone, Farndon Boathouse, Green Dragon Oxton, Perkins Plumtree, Riverbank Trent Bridge.

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