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The race is on to find the winners in the Eastside Restaurant Awards, and with an exciting new venue booked for this year’s event, it looks like being the biggest and best yet.


On the evening of Monday 9 October, Doncaster Racecourse, home of the St Leger Festival and the venue over the decades for many a classic sporting contest, will host the 2017 celebration of the region’s culinary superstars.


This glamorous black tie event has quickly become established as one of the big nights of the year in the social calendar; it also offers a huge boost to the local restaurant scene, as the winners enjoy their moment of triumph and all the nominated restaurants bask in the glow of positive publicity.


Our previous venue was The Crown Hotel in Bawtry, and owner Craig Dowie and the team did a fabulous job in helping to put the Eastside Restaurant Awards on the map.


Moving to Doncaster Racecourse, past masters at catering on the largest scales, ensures that we can extend our invitation beyond the local restaurant scene to include the general public.


In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity for the Eastside region’s food fanatics and socialites (all you would-be Paris Hiltons!) to see and be seen.


The room will be dressed by White Rose Occasions of Doncaster, which has spent the last decade helping people plan their celebrations and transforming venues of all shapes and sizes into spectacular settings for big events.


There will also be a charity raffle to add to the total funds raised by the Equinox Ball, which will be staged on 30 September at Doncaster Deaf Trust College on behalf of Firefly Cancer Research.


Eastside’s reviewers will be out and about over the next few months, checking out established and new restaurants, seeking out the very best the region has to offer. All our recent award winners have been exceptional, so expectations are high.


Meanwhile here’s a reminder to all restaurant, hotel, café and pub owners: to make sure your establishment is under consideration for the big prizes in 2017, contact Eastside’s publishing manager Terri Moore at


Book early

To secure your place at the Eastside Restaurant Awards Dinner, book now. A table for ten costs £400, individual places are £50 per head. Contact Eastside publishing manager Terri Moore at



Join our Judging Panel

We want to give Eastside readers a voice on the independent judging panel that decides the ultimate prize – the Eastside Restaurant of the Year.


The search is on to find one reader to join with our other judges, all chosen for their knowledge of food and their passion for dining out on the Eastside scene, to eat together at some of the region’s finest restaurants before deciding which venue should be named as Eastside’s Restaurant of the Year.


Does this opportunity tickle your tastebuds? To apply for a place on our judging panel, please email the editor, Chris Wilson, at and tell him in no more than 150 words what qualities you think the judges should be looking out for in the search for Eastside’s Restaurant of the Year.