A SCARBOROUGH restaurant has scooped its first award winning the title of Yorkshire’s Best Neighbourhood Restaurant.
Jeremy’s, in Victoria Park Avenue, won the accolade at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2011.
The restaurant’s owners Jeremy and Anne Hollingsworth picked up the award at a ceremony at the Hotel Du Vin in Harrogate.
They had no idea they were being considered for the title, and found out after receiving a letter from Yorkshire Life magazine telling them they had won.
The restaurant, which has been open two years this month, won after receiving glowing reports from undercover judge John Moorhouse, who visited on two occasions.
Mr Hollingsworth, who received a Michelin star as head chef a Marco Pierre White’s restaurant Quo Vadis, in London’s Soho, said: “It is really nice to win this award, because that is what we set out be - a neighbourhood restaurant.
“The business has really grown over the last two years, and we have built up a good list of regular customers, as well as others that travel from across the country.
“This award is really great because our ethos when we opened was not to chase anything like this, and just let the food and what we do be the fanfare. The fact that our food has spoken for itself to attract this award is great.”
Jeremy’s was the only Scarborough business at the awards, and Mr and Mrs Hollingsworth believe they may be the only Scarborough winners in the history of the Awards.
Mrs Hollingsworth added: “It is really great to recognised in this way, and the fact it is a title for the whole of Yorkshire is even better.
“It was nice to be there and represent Scarborough too, and give the town some recognition.”
The judges were said to have been impressed with Jeremy’s “fantastic food” which was an “unexpected treat”.