Best pub


Sponsored by Shropshire Star

Relax and pull up a stool whilst you explain what is so good about your local pub.

Whether your preference is for quality wine or beers, in-house entertainment and a welcoming atmosphere for all the family or a good meeting place for you and your friends to catch up and put the world to rights.

If you love your local then this is your chance to let them know by putting them forward for the Best Pub category. They can range from the oldest drinking hole in town to the newest building on the block. It might be located in a sports club, have regular music nights or operate as the hub of community-based activities.

Perhaps your vote will go to one that has a good choice of well-kept beers and wines and boasts delicious home-cooked food. But one thing is for sure, your favourite watering hole will be run by a hardworking landlord and landlady who along with their team will be putting everything they can into making their venue a success.


Best Fish and Chips


Sponsored by Scott & Newman Ltd

Whether it's your chippy down the road or a quick stop-off en route to your holiday destination, as you walk through the doors, does the aroma of the salt and vinegar get your tastebuds twitching in readiness for the crisp batter and fluffy chips?

Friday night's the night for a good old fashioned fish and chip supper and nothing beats eating this great British tradition straight from the wrapping paper! But just what makes your chip shop a cut above the rest?

Is it the freshness of the food, speedy service or the greeting from your friendly fryer as you approach the counter? Does the establishment cater for special dietary needs, such as gluten free options?

Maybe you are a fan of the shop's more unusual menu items? Deep fried confectionary anyone?

This - and perhaps more - is what we want to hear about from you, the chippy loving public.


Best Night Out


Sponsored by Hobs & Hotplates of Shrewsbury

Top performers, top company and a top location - does that sound like somewhere you know and like for a good night out?

It could be at one of the many theatres, cinemas, bingo halls, social clubs, night clubs and concert venues around the region.

This is your chance to tell us the reasons why your favourite place is so great.

Maybe your top cinema is one of the multiplex establishments which frequently show the latest 3D blockbuster, or one of the more traditional historical buildings offering an intimate atmosphere which gets your vote.

Perhaps you prefer to mix with people from the local community at the local club and involve all the family for a whole lot of fun on a night out?

You may have a regular Saturday night haunt which plays the music loud and has an amazing vibe that is irresistible.

Whatever makes a top night out for you we want to know what floats your proverbial boat.


Best Family Day Out (Small Venue)


Sponsored by Q Hotels Telford

Sometimes small is best, even when it comes to keeping the different generations happy.

Let us know about that special destination you have enjoyed and explain what makes it so extraordinary. Word of mouth is generally a good recommendation so why not tell our panel of judges about where you went on your special family day out.

Remember, you have until the middle of September to find somewhere outstanding so why not look at trying a new venue to keep the family entertained.

Many of the smaller venues offering a great Shropshire day out have been in the area for many years. Accessible to all, they will be run by an amazing team who really know how to keep children entertained.

Based inside or out they’ll be a firm favourite with your family. Positioned in the town or country their entrance fee will be fair and represent value for money.

And one thing they’ll definitely offer is a warm welcome.


Best Family Day Out (Large Venue)


Sponsored by Telford College of Arts and Technology

It doesn't have to be a white knuckle ride to spark enthusiasm here. Anywhere that families flock to, indoors or out, traditional or modern, if it keeps children and adults entertained for a few hours, it deserves recommending.

Tell us about the venue, what sets it apart from everything else. If you are unsure whether it is classed as large or small, don’t worry we will ensure it is placed in the correct category. So, what do you think makes a good day out?

This of course depends greatly on your budget, your family circumstances and any free time you may have.

Your choice may be a place with amazing activities for children, a castle or the many museums or stately homes bristling with history and heritage, or simply one of Shropshire’s naturally-created treasures such as the parks, hills and valleys.

You have the whole summer to decide which is your favourite and this is one of the most diverse categories of them all so we want to know who deserves the title.


Food and Drink Champion


Sponsored by British Ironwork Centre

This is a new category for 2015 to acknowledge a food and/or drinks champion from the region.

There is such a wide choice for this section with no limits. For example it could be a newcomer who has spotted gap in the market using innovative methods to market their products or services, perhaps even offering something completely off the wall.

It may be a well-established company, famous not just in their home town but perhaps drawing in custom from further afield or perhaps a stallholder whose business has been passed down the generations or a micro brewery leading the way for the county, using local ingredients to produce top quality beer.

They could be leaders in their community such as an artisan baker, independent butcher or fish monger, who have perhaps achieved accreditation in their field and are at the top of their league.


Best Restaurant


Sponsored by The Huntsman of Little Wenlock

For this category we want to know which restaurant deserves recognition not just for the food but the whole experience whilst dining out.

When opting to dine out at a restaurant it tends to be a step up from your usual pub grub meal and somewhere you are willing to travel miles to for an exceptional all-round dining experience.

The establishment will offer attentive waiter service and have a diverse menu from which to choose. The key will be in the presentation, perhaps offering more creative dishes and of course using good quality produce but still ensuring the price is in line with the food served.

There are a vast number of eateries within the county offering something for everyone’s palate from Indian to Chinese, bistro-style to Nouvelle cuisine, good old British fare or perhaps something more adventurous or contemporary such as Japanese or east meets west fusion.

cafe tea room

Best cafe/tea room


Sponsored by Powerpoint Stores Ltd

Whether located on a high street, in a bustling tourist destination, part of a stately home, or an in-store coffee shop, if you think your favourite tea room or cafe deserves the taste of success, tell us what sets them apart.

The local cafe maybe the perfect pitstop at the start of a long day, offering unbeatable value-for-money, serving the best fry-up in town and pouring a good builder’s brew mug of tea. For a traditional afternoon tea it could be the delicious home-baked cakes presented on fine bone china that would receive even Mary Berry’s seal of approval.

Overall it could be the warm and welcoming atmosphere, customer service second to none and the warm smile that greets you when you walk through the door.


Event of the Year


Sponsored by Park Inn by Radisson

Nominations here could embrace a range of activities such as carnivals, shows and celebrations, be a major high-profile show, music or arts festival. It may have lasted for a single day or been a weekend-long extravaganza, be planned year after year, or simply have been a one-off.

The only restriction in this category is that the event should have taken place between September 2014 and the closing date, which is September 11 2015. This award is for businesses organising a tourism event that is not so easily definable under the more general award of best family day out.

Any tourism enterprise can enter that provides an outstanding and unique event for its customers.

Perhaps you’ll nominate your market town’s annual summer carnival, organised by a committee of stalwarts and volunteers, or a big annual event which embraces all the family or one of the many music festivals, small or large.