Memsahib's Lounge in Cheltenham is celebrating a win in the Good Food Blue Ribbon Awards, with two Gloucestershire cafés and a Cotswold chip shop also taking top honours.
The national awards recognise the teams that strive for culinary excellence, with winners chosen for the quality of their food, service and value, and the Blue Ribbon bestowed upon those with the highest customer ratings.
Memsahib’s Lounge, based on The Promenade in Cheltenham, was recognised in the fine dining category, with awards also going to the Boston Tea Party in Cheltenham and Caffe Corretto at Gloucester Quays in the café category, as well as the Friar Tuck Fish Bar in Cirencester in the fish and chips category.
Co-founded and run by husband-and-wife team Litu Mohiuddin and Rina Saha, Memsahib’s Gin and Tea Bar opened in 2018 and rebranded as Memsahib’s Lounge in 2022.
Mohiuddin said: ‘This award is not for any one person, but the team as a whole - including our chefs, front of house staff and indeed our suppliers, who supply us with the fantastic quality local ingredients that are the basis of our dishes.
‘Our staff are undoubtedly the jewel in our crown and I am particularly proud of the fact that all our staff are home grown and have been trained in-house.
‘We would like to thank all our customers for voting for us and hope that this will be the first of many awards to come.’
Memsahib’s Lounge has 50 covers in the restaurant area and a further 30 covers in the bar area and serves contemporary Indian cuisine, with sharing plates, tasting menus and afternoon tea among the options on offer.