Fratellis is run by Carmello, Mario and Antonio Fratelli and has been in business for seven years.

"It’s brilliant but totally unexpected," said Mario. "We hoped to finish in the top three of the restaurant of the year category – we weren’t expecting to win the overall award."

The restaurant also won the Restaurant of the Year category.

The winners were decided by public vote earlier this year, with the golden envelopes opened at The Conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Garden on Monday.

More than 29,000 votes were cast in total.

The talented Fratellis team were out in force to collect their trophy. "The team work really hard, we only use the very best ingredients, our prices are good and we give all our customers the personal touch, welcoming them into the Fratelli family," said Mario. "That’s the winning formula for us."

For more details on the awards visit the website www.bedsfda.co.uk – you can also search for the hashtag #BedsFinest on Twitter and search for “Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards” on Facebook.

ROLL OF HONOUR

Gastro Pub of the Year

Winner: The Chequers – Westoning.

Highly commended: The White Lion – Dunstable

Commended: The Bell – Studham.

 

Best Independent Butcher

Winner: Woburn Country Foods.

Highly commended: Harpers Food – Pepperstock

Commended: The Butchers – Dunstable

 

Best Independent Food Retailer/Producer of the Year

Winner: Beloved Brownies – Kempston.

Highly commended: Cakes by Shelly – Leighton Buzzard.

Commended: Humbers Homemade – Millbrook

 

Best Microbrewery

Winner: Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company – Leighton Buzzard.

Highly commended: Potton Brewery – Potton

Commended: Ampthill Brewery – Ampthill

 

Best Artisan Bakery

Winner: The Rockabilly Cake House – Sandy.

Highly commended: Gunns Bakery – Sandy.

Commended: The Fancy Bakery – Bedford

 

Best Farmers Market Stall Holder

Winner: Humbers Homemade – Millbrook.

Highly commended: Morgan Pell Meats – Wilden

Commended: Replete Flatbreads – Wymington

 

Best Independent Wine Merchants

Winner: Cambridge Wine Merchants – Ampthill

Highly commended: The Black Cat Farm Shop – Sandy

Commended: The Blue Glass – Bedford

 

Outstanding Service Excellence Award

Winner: The Knife and Cleaver – Houghton Conquest

Highly commended: The Chequers – Westoning

Commended: The Rockabilly Cake House – Sandy

 

Best Newcomer

Winner: The Hide Bar & Lounge – Ampthill

Highly commended: Pavillion at the Park – Bedford

Commended: The Hide Bar & Lounge – Ampthill

 

Best Local Independent Tea/Coffee Shop

Winner: Cakestand and Crumb – Bedford.

Highly commended: The Pudding Club – Bedford.

Commended: Coffee Square Ltd – Race Meadows.

 

Luton Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Villa Ada.

Highly commended: La Dolce Vita

 

Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Fratellis – Ampthill.

Highly commended: The Knife and Cleaver – Houghton Conquest.

Commended: Corner 5 – Kempston

 

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Winner: Paris House – Woburn.

Highly commended: D’Parys – Bedford.

Commended: The Plough – Bolnhurst 

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