‘Hidden gems’ up for awards

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A NUMBER of Scarborough’s “hidden gems” have been nominated for a new award scheme run by Northern Rail.

The project is aimed at highlighting and driving tourism, customers and footfall to the best of the region’s independent businesses.

Eat Me cafe on Hanover Road nominated for Best Restaurant in the Hidden Gems awards.'Picture by Neil Silk  113617b

Eat Me cafe on Hanover Road nominated for Best Restaurant in the Hidden Gems awards.'Picture by Neil Silk 113617b

These may include quality restaurants, shops with a personal touch, well-loved attractions, hidden beauty spots and great journeys by foot, bike, car or rail.

Businesses nominated for an award include Eat Me in Hanover Road, which is up for Best Restaurant.

Comments included: “Fantastic food at very reasonable prices, lovely staff and very close to the train station.”

Nominated in the same category is the Solid Rock Café in Eastborough.

Hidden Gems'Solid Rock Cafe on Eastborough'Picture by Neil Silk  113617d'06/09/11

Hidden Gems'Solid Rock Cafe on Eastborough'Picture by Neil Silk 113617d'06/09/11

One nominator said: “The Solid Rock cafe is a wonderful place to eat. The food is fresh, homemade and the cakes are to die for!

“It’s top quality. You can have takeouts, order special cakes and Andy and Carole and their staff are more than willing to oblige.”

Rafferty’s in Huntriss Row has been nominated for Best Shop.

One fan said: “Lovely selection of jewellery and gifts for all budgets, I always end up buying something when I visit.

“The owner of the shop is always cheerful and welcoming too!”

Pinewood Holiday Park in Racecourse Road has been nominated as Best Beauty Spot.

Tracey Blackstone said: “This is a holiday park with a difference, its set in the most beautiful surroundings.

“The children will love Woody’s Barn and the oldies will just love the tranquillity.”

Richard Wingfield: “This place is a perfect family-run holiday park and is set in beautiful surroundings, with doorstep access to miles of country walks.

“It’s a fantastic site, but the themed part of the campsite is for us a definite must.”

The Fish Pan in Foreshore Road has been nominated for Best Restaurant.

Elizabeth Wilson said: “Great food - best chips and mushy peas in Scarborough! Lovely seafront location.

“It has a great restaurant which is very reasonably priced and has wonderful views and a takeaway option next door so you can venture across the road with your food.”

Fairchild’s at the Cheeseboard in Victoria Road has been nominated for Best Shop.

Edward Stephens said: “Great selection of vegetarian food. Lovely range of over 50 locally produced cheeses.”

The deadline for nominations has been extended to midnight on September 23. Go to www.northernrail.org/hiddengems or email hiddengems@northernrail.org