The American Diner in Swadlincote is named the best in the Midlands


A popular restaurant near Swadlincote has been declared the best in the Midlands for world cuisine. The 50s American Diner, in John Street, Church Gresley, landed the honor of The Food Awards England 2022.

Famously, the restaurant is based in an original 1950s American dining car that was built in New Jersey in 1950 and until 1968 traded in Cambridge, Massachusetts as The Murphy Diner. In 2019, its longtime owners sold the restaurant to First Fence owners Vinny and Umesh Kotecha.

The restaurant is known for its breakfasts – all of which come with unlimited tea or coffee. On the menu, America completes, which includes two eggs, four strips of bacon, garlic mushrooms, a sausage patty, homemade fries and toast. Or you can try America’s favorite triple stack pancakes, which come with maple syrup, whipped butter, and chocolate chips or blueberries. Lunch and dinner options include burgers and hot dogs, with vegetarian versions also available, and pizza.

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There’s a kids’ menu, with options like burger, hot dog, pizza, or mac n cheese. There is a wide selection of desserts and sundaes, such as New York Cheesecake, American Waffle, JB’s Knickerbocker Glory and Banana Split, as well as an extensive choice of shakes, with flavors such as Bakewell Pie , chewing gum, strawberry bon bon and toasted marshmallow.

The restaurant wasn’t the only local restaurant to win big. Indian Restaurant Castle Donington Orissa has won both Restaurant of the Year: East Midlands and the overall winner for Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards England event.

Located in the old Turks Head pub in the village of Castle Donington, Orissa is a modern Indian restaurant. It aims to offer an innovative selection of dishes created by its executive chefs, using fresh, quality ingredients.

Typical dishes of Orissa include south Indian garlic chilli murghi, honey chilli chicken or lamb, duck khazana and king prawn. There are also plenty of what the menu describes as “old favorites”, such as korma, bhuna, jalfrezi and balti – all available in chicken, lamb, prawn, king prawn, vegetable, mushroom, tikka and tandoori. Derby’s Cosmo won the award for best buffet restaurant at the same ceremony.

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The awards, now in their seventh year, aim to celebrate the best in the food industry, from restaurants, chefs and servers to specialists and suppliers. The 2022 ceremony took place last night at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

Organized by marketing agency Creative Oceanic, the awards have 23 categories, most of which are divided into regional sections. Following a public vote, the shortlisted companies were revealed in May and the winners were announced at the black tie ceremony last night.

A Food Awards England spokesperson said: “These awards are to recognize those who work hard in the city’s food industry and help make England a foodie place to visit. It is true that England combines tastes and flavors from around the world and visitors can find different restaurants, gastro pubs and bistros to suit their needs.

“These people enhance the country’s reputation nationally and internationally, and we want to make sure that the hard work of England’s food professionals does not go unnoticed. It was nice to be part of this celebration and we would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners for their achievements!

The winners of the Food Awards England 2022

  • Gourmet Restaurant of the Year: Chef Jono at V&V (Leeds)
  • Dessert Shop of the Year: Little Dessert Shop (Wolverhampton)
  • Best Street Food: Plan Burrito (Loughborough)
  • Cooking School of the Year: Food Sorcery Cookery & Barista School (Manchester)
  • Burger Bar of the Year: BOHNS Best Burgers (Nottingham)
  • Pizzeria of the Year: Pizza Calzone (Banbury)
  • Buffet Restaurant of the Year: Cosmo (Derby)
  • Artisan Bakery of the Year: Mansfield Artisan Bakery (Mansfield)
  • Best Oriental establishment in the North: Le Zen Restaurant (Lytham St Annes)
  • Best Oriental in the Midlands: Blue Orchid (Coventry)
  • Best South Oriental Establishment: Oishi (Reading)
  • Overall Winner Best Oriental Restaurant: Zen Restaurant (Lytham St Annes)
  • Best Seafood Place in the North: The Magpie Cafe (Whitby)
  • Best seafood establishment in the Midlands: Wells Crab House Seafood Restaurant (Wells-next-the-sea)
  • Best Southern Seafood Establishment: Sea Beats (Weymouth)
  • Overall Winner Best Seafood Establishment: Sea Beats (Weymouth)
  • Best vegetarian establishment in the North: The Allotment Vegan Eatery (Manchester)
  • Best Midlands vegetarian establishment: No. Twelve (Nottingham)
  • Best vegetarian establishment in the South: Banana Tree Oxford (Oxford)
  • Overall winner for Best Vegetarian Establishment: No. Twelve (Nottingham)
  • Best Northern Mexican Establishment: Amigos Mexican Kitchen (Sheffield)
  • Best Mexican Restaurant in the Midlands: Amigos Mexican Restaurant (Bury Saint Edmunds)
  • Best Southern Mexican Restaurant: Dorindo’s Mexican Restaurant (Abingdon)
  • Winner of Best Mexican Restaurant: Amigos Mexican Restaurant (Bury Saint Edmunds)
  • Best food in the northern world: Persian Cottage (Middlesburgh)
  • World’s Best Food in the Midlands: The 50’s American Diner (Albert Village)
  • Best Southern World Cuisine: Al Quds (Luton)
  • Overall winner of the best cuisine in the world: Persian Cottage (Middlesbourgh)
  • Best Fish N’ Chips establishment in the North: Yorkshire Fisheries (Blackpool)
  • Best Fish N’ Chips Midlands establishment: Duston Village Chippy (Northampton)
  • Best Fish N’ Chips South: Hook Fish and Chips (Exeter)
  • Overall winner for Best Fish N’ Chips Establishment: Duston Village Chippy (Northampton)
  • Best Northern Mediterranean Restaurant: Brizola Bar and Grill (Clitheroe)
  • Best Mediterranean Restaurant in the Midlands: Eleon Greek Restaurant & Meze Bar (Sutton Coldfield)
  • Best Southern Mediterranean Establishment: Agora Beckenham (Beckenham)
  • Winner of Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Eleon Greek Restaurant & Meze Bar (Sutton Coldfield)
  • Best Northern Italian Establishment: Uno Momento (Darlington)
  • Best Italian in the Midlands: Fiume Italian Bar & Restaurant (Wolverhampton)
  • Best Southern Italian Place: Pizza Calzone (Banbury)
  • Winner of Best Italian Establishment: Fiume Italian Bar & Restaurant (Wolverhampton)
  • Best North Indian Restaurant: Kiplings Restaurant (Halifax)
  • Best Indian Establishment in the Midlands: Gurkha 1816 (Wednesdbury)
  • Best South Indian Resort: Garden of India (Harlow)
  • Winner of Best Indian Restaurant: Kiplings Restaurant (Halifax)
  • Takeaway of the Year North: Zafrani Indian Takeaway (Manchester)
  • Midlands Takeaway of the Year: Taste (Stourbridge)
  • Takeaway of the Year South: Crispy Lemon Chicken and Pizza (Luton)
  • Overall Takeaway of the Year Winner: Taste (Stourbridge)
  • Caterer of the Year North: Herb & Spice (Manchester)
  • Midlands Caterer of the Year: Morgans Catering For You Ltd (Bromsgrove)
  • Southern Caterer of the Year: Fingers and Forks Ltd (Henley on Thames)
  • Overall Winner Caterer of the Year: Fingers and Forks Ltd (Henley on Thames)
  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year North: Aspect Bistro at Lothersdale Hotel (Morecambe)
  • Midlands Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Karma Salford Hall (Abbot’s Salford)
  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year South: The Duke Of Marlborough (Woodstock)
  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner: Aspect Bistro at Lothersdale Hotel (Morecambe)
  • Gastro Pub of the Year North: The Apple Inn (Lucker)
  • Midlands Gastro Pub of the Year: The Soho Tavern (Birmingham)
  • Gastro Pub of the Year South: The Purefoy Arms (Basingstoke)
  • Overall Gastro Pub of the Year Winner: The Soho Tavern (Birmingham)
  • Northeast Cafe/Bistro of the Year: Bistro Citron Vert (Durham)
  • North West Cafe/Bistro of the Year: The Ginger Bistro (Preston)
  • Yorkshire Café/Bistro of the Year: Philomena Foggs (Holmfirth)
  • East Midlands Cafe/Bistro of the Year: Tablez Cafe Bistro (Sleaford)
  • West Midlands Cafe/Bistro of the Year: Damascena Coffee House (Birmingham)
  • Cafe/Bistro of the Year East: Bistro on the Quay (Ipswich)
  • Southeast Café/Bistro of the Year: Reg’s Café (Banbury)
  • South West Cafe/Bistro of the Year: Comfy Pew Cafe Bistro (Gloucester)
  • Overall Winner for Cafe/Bistro of the Year: The Ginger Bistro (Preston)
  • North East Restaurant of the Year: Mascalzone (Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • North West Restaurant of the Year: Encore (Chorley)
  • Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year: The Box Tree Restaurant (Ilkley)
  • East Midlands Restaurant of the Year: Orissa (Castle Donington)
  • West Midlands Restaurant of the Year: The Town House (Market Drayton)
  • East Restaurant of the Year: Benedicts (Norwich)
  • Southeast Restaurant of the Year: La Meridiana (East Horsley)
  • South West Restaurant of the Year: Tierra and Mar (Cirencester)
  • Overall Restaurant of the Year Winner: Orissa (Castle Donington)

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