Restaurant’s Good Food Guide victory

20/12/11 Tom Van Zeller outside his  restaurant in  Harrogate.
20/12/11 Tom Van Zeller outside his restaurant in Harrogate.

A restaurant in Harrogate has been crowned as the overall winner of The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award.

Van Zeller triumphed over nine shortlisted restaurants and chef patron, Tom van Zeller, was presented with an award by renowned chef Angela Hartnett at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of The Good Food Guide, praised the restaurant for its vibrant and ambitous cooking.

“Tom van Zeller is a likeable chef with no pretensions or gimmicks - his smart, contemporary dishes are full of vibrancy, bold strokes and ambition,” she said.

“His army of loyal fans are unanimous that this is a chef firing on all cylinders, one who is aiming for the top.

“From extraordinary attention to detail, to cooking that extracts the best from first-class produce, Van Zellers is a lesson in how a small restaurant should be run and a worthy winner of our Readers’ Restaurant of the Year award.”

Mr van Zeller said: “To be given the national award is a huge honour of which I am incredibly proud for my team, for my customers and for Harrogate.”