THE Walled Garden bistro wine bar at Barton Grange Hotel has been recognised as one of the best restaurants in the UK at the Hi-Life Dining Awards 2012.
Last year the bistro won the Best North West Restaurant award, topping that this year by being one of five nominations for Best Overall Restaurant.
The nominations were announced prior to the glitzy award ceremony held earlier this month at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, and hosted by TV presenter and journalist Paul Ross.
The Walled Garden was chosen by the 200,000 Hi-Life Dining Club members, who singled out the bistro wine bar from 3,500 other restaurants.
Laura James, restaurant manager at the Walled Garden, said the team was delighted to be nominated for the prestigious award by the dining public.
“We were up against some superb restaurants and it shows all our hard work to ensure we provide the right experience for our diner is really paying dividends,” she said.
“Last year we were delighted to win the award for the Best North West Restaurant and to be shortlisted for the Best Overall Restaurant in the UK is fantastic.
“After the re-launch of the restaurant a few years ago, the Walled Garden has gone from strength to strength and we work extremely hard to provide delicious food in a contemporary stylish setting whilst retaining the cosy, welcoming atmosphere we are known for.”
Ian Topping, managing director of Barton Grange, added: “I’m really pleased for the restaurant staff because these nominations are based on the votes of real customers. We understand that there were 200,000 voters, so to be nominated for the best restaurant in the UK is a great achievement.”
Lisa Lund, Hi-Life’s commercial director, commented: “The awards were a fantastic showcase of the very best in dining excellence and congratulations to all our winners and short-listed entries. The calibre of participants this year has been exceptionally high.”