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Food and drink awards glory

PUBLISHED: 11:59 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 23 August 2010

THE finest eateries across north Kent are this week soaking up the glory as the long awaited Archant Food and Drink Award regional winners are finally confirmed.  Restaurants, bars and bistros across the county and south-east London competed in their hu

THE finest eateries across north Kent are this week soaking up the glory as the long awaited Archant Food and Drink Award regional winners are finally confirmed.

Restaurants, bars and bistros across the county and south-east London competed in their hundreds in hopes of receiving one of the prestigious accolades.

A staggering 650 entries where received, while food loving customers raked up an incredible 2.5 million votes for their chosen eateries, a record number never before seen in the awards five year history.

Enzo Testa, executive managing director of Archant London, publishers of the Dartford and Swanley Times and Gravesend Reporter, said: "The Archant London Food and Drink Awards are increasing in popularity every year. This is evidenced by the record number of 650 entries that we have received this year from all categories of local restaurants throughout our readership areas. At the close of voting over 2.5 million votes had been cast demonstrating that people are keen to vote for and support their favourite local eatery. We look forward to announcing the overall winners soon. With each of the regional winners confirmed across each of the 30 Archant London newspaper publications, only 17 restaurants will be crowned as our Food & Drink Award Overall Winner 2009.

Read next week's paper to see if your favourite restaurant is made an overall winner.

Gravesend finalists:

l Viva Verdi -

Best Modern European Restaurant & Best Themed Restaurant

l Caesar Italian Restaurant - Best Italian Restaurant

l Haozhan Restaurant -

Best Chinese Restaurant

l Lime Tree Restaurant -

Best Hotel Restaurant

l The Saffron Lounge -

Best Indian Restaurant

l Harrison's -

Best Bistro & Best Late Night Bar

l The Long Hop -

Best British Restaurant

l Indian Palace - Best Takeaway

l Galicia - Mixologist of the Year

Dartford finalists:

l The Monastery Restaurant -

Best British Restaurant

l Dartford Greek Taverna - Best Greek Restaurant& Best Themed Restaurant

l Noodle Bar Restaurant -

Best Thai Restaurant

l Seasons Restaurant - Best Hotel Restaurant

l Longfield Tandoori - Best Indian Restaurant

lThai and Chinese - Best Chinese Restaurant

l Locale Restaurant - Best Italian Restaurant

& Mixologist of the Year

l The Rising Sun Inn and Inglenooks Restaurant - Best Gastro Pub

l The Papermakers Arms - Best Bistro

l Kent Curry House - Best Takeaway

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