Lu Ban Restaurant has won one of the country’s major tourism awards after claiming gold at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022.
The iconic Liverpool restaurant, located in Cain’s Brewery in the city’s vibrant Baltic Triangle, won the Taste of England award, beating off competition from Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire, which took silver, and Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire, which claimed bronze.
The judges commented ‘the excellence of gastronomic experience is at the heart of everything they do’ as Lu Ban Restaurant celebrated the award at a glitzy ceremony held at the Library of Birmingham on Wednesday 8 June.
Lu Ban executive chef director Dave Critchley said: “It feels absolutely incredible to have gone and won the award.
“We were delighted to have even made it through to the finals and would have been equally as proud walking away with the bronze or silver but to win the gold is obviously really special.
“I’m so incredibly proud of the team and what they’ve achieved in such a small amount of time. It really is testament to what amazing teamwork, hard work and a positive mind set can achieve.”
The ceremony featured finalists from across 15 categories that were handpicked by tourism industry experts from more than 300 entries to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 from across 14 regions.
Lu Ban Restaurant, which specialises in regional Chinese dishes, earned its chance to be in the final after being named Restaurant of the Year at the Liverpool City Region Tourism awards.
The prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, running for more than 30 years, celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer.