DELIFONSECA has been crowned The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year for 2014. The restaurant, deli and food store based on Liverpool’s dockside beat off tough competition from the nine other regional winners to secure the prestigious accolade.
The team from Delifonseca received the award at a ceremony in central London on 19th June. It was presented to them by Simon Rogan, head chef/proprietor of L’Enclume in Cumbria, the only restaurant in The Good Food Guide 2013 other than The Fat Duck to be scored a perfect 10.
Delifonseca won the day over competition from nine other shortlisted restaurants from around the UK and specifically impressed the judges with its modern, holistic approach combining both restaurant and delicatessen offerings.
Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Guide, said: ‘With the façade of a classy little supermarket this all-day restaurant may seem an unconventional choice for Readers’ Restaurant of the Year.
“But with a flexible menu of tasting platters, salads and sandwiches and a daily changing blackboard of seasonally charged dishes, this enticing café-deli is contemporary dining at its very best.
‘We had to agree with Delifonseca’s many supporters, it’s one hell of an all-rounder; a passion for quality mixed with affordability and a something-for-everyone appeal chimes perfectly with the mood of these straitened times.
‘And they could give many of the grander restaurants a lesson in how to do warm, welcoming service.’
Candice Fonseca, owner of Delifonseca, said: ‘We are all in pleasurable shock at winning this award from The Good Food Guide, especially as we were in the company of other great shortlisted restaurants.
“We always try and put our customers first so it’s fantastic when they make their voices heard in such a brilliant way. We all love what we do but this adds icing to the cake.’
The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year awards are run annually to find the UK’s favourite dining establishment, as nominated by the public. The awards champion local eateries and recognise great food and service.
This year, over 39,000 diners nominated their favourite restaurants, pubs and cafés from around the country.
PICTURE: The Delifonseca team (from left) Martin Cooper (Head Chef), Candice Fonseca (Proprietor), Lavinia Cooke (General Manager) and Tom Ford (Restaurant Manager)