Good news for foodies: South Woodford and Wanstead restaurants scoop prestigious national awards

PUBLISHED: 12:11 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 October 2018

Staff from Grand Trunk Road picking up their award. Picture: Media House

Staff from Grand Trunk Road picking up their award. Picture: Media House


Two Redbridge restaurants have been recognised with national and internaitonal awards for their mouth-watering culinary concoctions.

Provender Cafe Bistro, High Street, Wanstead, has been included in the Michelin Guide - the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference book.

The eatery has been listed under the “Bib Gourmand” section which indicates that the food is of a good quality and good value.

Co-owner Christophe Hubert, 44, has been managing the venue since it opened in 2012 and is pleased that the restaurant has been mentioned in the guide for the sixth year in a row.

“I am delighted and feel proud to be included,” he said.

“We serve French brasserie food and we have kept the standard up.”

Councillor Paul Canal is a fan of Provender and offered his congratulations.

“It’s a tremendous achievement to retain the accolade,” he said.

“Christophe, one of the owners, can celebrate this with his partner and new baby.

“My only regret is that the fabulous Grand Trunk Road, probably the best Indian restaurant in Europe, was overlooked.”

The Grand Trunk Road may have not been included in the Michelin guide but they are not short of recognition.

The restaurant,in High Road, South Woodford, won Best Restaurant & Takeaway in East London at the UK Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards.

After public nominations and a rigorous regional cook-off process, the grand finale took place at the InterContinental London at the 02 and was hosted by television chef Ainsley Harriott and BBC news presenter Samantha Simmonds.

Prime minister Theresa May said: “These prestigious awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the craft of the most talented chefs and highly skilled service staff responsible for producing exceptional British Asian Cuisine.

“Asian cuisine has certainly become an immensely important and popular part of British life.

“Its success is owed, in no small part, to the talented restaurateurs and chefs who are being nominated for and receiving awards this year, and it is crucial that we recognise, promote and celebrate this.”

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