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Cast your vote for the Readers' Choice award

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Rioja was the winner of the 2017 Readers' Choice award

Let us know your favourite eatery and win dinner for two

We have always given Eastside readers their say in our Restaurant Awards through the Readers’ Choice award…and this year more than ever we want you to join us in making sure our final verdict is a true reflection of what paying customers across the region really think.


Eastside’s team of reviewers will be out and about over the next six months, checking out established and new restaurants, and searching for the best the region has to offer.


We will bring our own opinions to bear of course, but we also know Eastside readers are a discerning bunch who travel the region to experience the best restaurants, bistros and gastro pubs.


That’s why for 2018 we are changing our judging criteria, to give our readers a bigger say. After we have done the rounds of the region’s finest eateries we’ll be publishing our shortlist of the best restaurants in all categories, from best pub to best contemporary.


Once the shortlists are revealed, we’ll be asking our readers to have their say on the best in each category. We’ll add up the reader votes, put them with our judges’ own views and come up with the best of the best.


Sounds a bit like how the voting works on Strictly, doesn’t it? OK, this is Eastside’s version of Strictly Come Dining!


That comes later in the year… we’ll be publishing our shortlists in the September issue of Eastside.


But you can get involved now by casting your vote for the Eastside Readers’ Choice. Whether you select your favourite local cafe, a much-loved Indian or Italian restaurant or any other type of food venue, all votes are equal.


Everyone who casts a vote will be entered into a draw, and one lucky winner will receive dinner for two at their favourite restaurant.


To cast your vote, let us know where you have enjoyed eating out most over the last 12 months, click here. All entries must include a home address and contact details, any multiple entries from the same email address­ will be disqualified.